Winter starts in the middle of the week on the calendar. That said, it will be hot enough in England as Wednesday sees the majority of the new Premier League round of fixtures. The highlight will be the Merseyside derby, with Everton waiting to take on Liverpool at Goodison Park. The ground-breaking clash itself is particularly poignant at the moment. Firstly, it was Pickford who broke van Dijk for long periods in the last AFL. Secondly, Benitez will play against the Reds as the Toffees’ mentor. What will be the outcome of this clash? The readers of the website can read the forecast for the crucial match on December 1, 2021. Odds for all sporting events can be found at 1xbet.
Everton have rarely shown anything this season
“The Toffees” in the last championship for quite a long time struggled for a place in the top quartet. Even a weak finish and the departure of Carlo Ancelotti did not completely destroy the ambition. Only now, it was Rafa Benítez who pinned all their hopes on realizing them. But the Spaniard only lived up to that expectation in the opening stages, sometime in mid-September. Then, the results only got worse, and after the status draw with Manchester United, the Blues began a frankly disastrous streak, with a zero draw against Tottenham and an abundance of defeats. Even Brentford lost, repeating their worst unbeaten streak in 5 years!
Liverpool are now impressing again
The Reds have noticeably improved compared to last season, so dramatic for them. But there was a reason Klopp was so blatantly nervous and even snapped publicly. He was aware that the defence, even Alisson and van Dijk, were making mistakes. But even then, at the start of the season, it was often the abundance of goals conceded that was offset by even more goals scored. And after another pause for the national team matches, they managed to establish the game in their own half of the pitch. “The Merseysiders won 4-0 each in the AFL against Arsenal and Southampton and gave away a 2-0 lead in a Champions League clash against Porto, which they did not need from a tournament perspective. Jota is particularly good now, and Tiago has finally started to bring tangible value to his current team.
Everton have learned to trip up their more successful neighbour in recent times. The Toffees first produced 2 draws, 0-0 and 2-2. And in February, they even managed to win 2-0 at Anfield!
Derbies have their own laws, so let’s not grasp at the viable option of a Reds win. The players’ strength isn’t infinite, so we’ll take the pragmatic ‘under 3.5 goals’ (odds – 1.63).