It is an epic FA Cup tie set for Friday night to start the third round. It is a Merseyside derby to look forward to as the Toffees make the short trip across the city to take on Liverpool. The two have already played out a 1-1 league draw at Anfield this season and this will be the first FA Cup meeting between the rivals since April 2012, a semi-final which Liverpool won in dramatic style. Liverpool are 2/5 to win this with the draw at 7/2 and Everton out at 13/2.
The Reds are strong odds-on favourites to get the win on the board in this one and that is understandable. Liverpool are unbeaten on home soil across all competitions this season but they have had their frustrating drawn results in a W9 D6 record at Anfield this season. They have won their last two games there though and while they have taken a lot of praise for their scoring this season once again, defensively they have been pretty rock solid at home this term. They have collected nine clean sheets in their fifteen home matches and two in their last three (one goal conceded). Liverpool to win to nil at William Hill because of that wouldn’t be a bad option to consider for the FA Cup clash. In nine of their home games this season they have scored at least two goals and of them, seven were at least three goals.
They have plenty of scoring power at their disposal and none more prolific at the moment than Mo Salah who is the even-money anytime goalscorer favourite at William Hill. He did get Liverpool’s goal in the 1-1 league draw against the Toffees back in December. Liverpool dominated that game but couldn’t break their opponents. The Reds are unbeaten in their last fifteen games against Everton in all competitions now (W7 D8). From previous FA Cup clashes, Liverpool are 10-7 up with six drawn matches between them in the competition. The last time that they were paired up in the FA Cup third round was back in the 2008/09 season with a replay needed after a 1-1 draw at Anfield. Everton won that replay 1-0 to go on to reach the final that season where they lost to Chelsea. In the correct score market at William Hill, another 1-1 draw returns a price of 15/2 while the shortest priced option available there is a Liverpool 2-0 at a 6/1 quote.
The Toffees have fallen out of form again a little bit with no wins in their last four matches played (D2 L2). The goals have dried up completely again for them as they have managed just the one goal in their last four as well. Under 2.5 goals at William Hill for the fixture is probably not too bad of an option really. The away form overall of Everton this season has been pretty well below par having only collected three victories all season on their travels in a W3 D6 L8 record. Two of those three wins have come inside their last five road games though and Everton have taken a clean sheet in three of their last five away games. Wayne Rooney made his return against Manchester United recently in the Premier League and he is a 3/1 anytime goalscorer for the game and goes into action as Everton’s clear top goalscorer this season. Once again the Toffees will need a big game from him.
Liverpool to win to nil may well have some decent appeal in this one. Everton have been struggling for goals again at the moment and the Reds have the superior goal scoring quality which should pull them through. Back the Reds to get the job done.
4th January 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
This is one of the few all-Premier league clashes going off in the third round of the FA Cup and it should be an interesting one. There have been a lot of high scoring clashes between the two clubs in recent times at Goodison Park as well. The Toffees took a 2-0 win at the King Power when the two met on Boxing Day in the Premier League. Will the Foxes be able to muster up some revenge, or will the Toffees, who haven’t had the most consistent of season’s, be able to continue with their improved form of late? Everton are 4/5 for the win with the draw at 27/10 and Leicester are 4/1 for victory.
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The Toffees have just been showing signs of better things to come lately with a W3 D1 L1 record posted over the last five games played and that included good home wins over Arsenal and Southampton. So they are ticking along in much better fashion and have scored at least two goals now in five of their last six games played. During that sequence there was a 2-0 win for Everton at the King Power in the Premier League on Boxing Day. An Everton 2-0 correct score at Bet365 to turn up in this one is a price of 7/1. So Everton are scoring well and it is well worth looking over 2.5 goals on the game which is a quote of 19/20 at Bet365. Each of the last four between these at Goodison has seen at least four goals banged home.
There have been eighteen goals scored in total in the last four between these at Goodison Park and both teams to score at Bet365 is a quote of 4/5. Everton’s clean sheet against Leicester in the Premier League this season snapped a seven match sequence of both teams scoring in meetings between them. Romelu Lukaku has two goals in his last three games against the Foxes and the big man is trading at 5/4 in the anytime goalscorer market for hits FA Cup third round tie. He has scored six goals in his past six FA Cup appearances. Everton have suffered just the one defeat in their last 11 FA Cup matches at Goodison Park, winning eight of those and six of those eight wins were against top-flight opposition too. Everton want to last season’s semi final where they lost to Manchester United.
Leicester won’t be at full strength for this one. They have lost Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez to the Africa Cup of Nations, but they could get Jamie Vardy back into action if they want, as he has served out his three match suspension now. The Foxes have been poor on the road, not winning a single Premier league away match this season. Across all competitions they have only posted a W1 D4 L8 record away from the King Power this season and they have failed to score in three after last five away games as well. The Foxes have kept just one clean sheet in their last sixteen FA Cup away games as well so they are going to be at risk. They have gone out to a top tier opponent in the third round of the FA Cup in two of the last three seasons and they have lost their previous two FA Cup games against the Toffees as well. It’s not stacking up for the Foxes in this one.
This should be comfortable enough for Everyone the way that they have been going lately. Leicester will be missing a key couple of pieces for the tie with Slimani and Mahrez out and given their away form all season across all competitions, they can’t be trusted here at all. Look for Everton to cruise through with a win and it’s worth having a crack at over 2.5 goals continuing in meetings between these two.
6th January 2017 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting