Liverpool v Everton Tips and Betting Offers, FA Cup, Friday 5th January 2018
The FA Cup Third Round kicks off this weekend, and there’s little better way to start things off than with a Merseyside derby. While many might have had their fill of the Premier League in the last couple of weeks, we’re excited for a cup match between Liverpool and Everton under the lights. While we’re looking forward to a few cup shocks in the weekend’s matches, but first we’ve picked out a couple of bets for Friday night’s big clash.
You can back Liverpool at 2/5 with 888Sport here, with the Reds heavily backed to make it in to the Fourth Round this weekend. Meanwhile, the visitors are out at 6/1 with Ladbrokes to pick up the points, while this one is priced at 10/3 with Coral to head to a replay. However, given the packed schedule that the Reds currently have, they won’t be too keen on that.
Everton are probably justified outsiders in this game, given that they make this trip searching for a first win at Anfield since 1999. The bookies don’t fancy that run to come to an end, but they do have a better chance with Jurgen Klopp likely to ring the changes ahead of Friday’s clash.
Klopp has never rated the FA Cup since taking charge of Liverpool, and his team selections have always reflected that. He’s constantly introducing youngsters in this competition, which has resulted in some embarrassing early exits. Given that he did that last season when they weren’t playing European football, we fully expect him to rotate with an eye on the Champions League Last 16.
Sam Allardyce will be targeting the FA Cup as a way to make his mark with Everton this season, and it’s their only chance of returning to Europe next term. While they’ve been drawn away to a top four side, there’s certainly an opportunity to frustrate a weakened Liverpool if they stay organised. The hosts are likely to be without the four attackers who have scored 76% of their goals this term, so we can’t see this being high scoring. The Reds have seen under 2.5 land in 55% of their home league games, so we’re backing it here at 23/20 with BetVictor.
After the pair drew 1-1 in their last meeting, the Reds have now seen that scoreline in three of their home matches. Everton’s poor form means we can’t see them winning, but we can see them getting out of here with a score draw this weekend. The Toffees have drawn 1-1 in three away trips this term, and we’re backing the same scoreline again at 8/1 with Betfred.