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Stevie G. returns as the Reds look to put the bitters to rest.
LFC Starting XI : Reina, Kelly, Carra, Skrtel, Enrique, Henderson, Spearing, Gerrard, Downing, Suarez, Carroll
Subs : Doni, Shelvey, Maxi, Flanagan, Kuyt, Adam, Coates.
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Tuesday Mar 13Posted by: Guest Writer Comments Off
Submitted by Steven Halliwell
Liverpool have to put the disappointment of third league loss in a row behind them when the match that splits the city takes place on Tuesday, Liverpool v Everton. Everton come into this match off the back of a morale boosting win over Tottenham but Everton looked pretty lucky to get anything from that game, never mind three points, and the red half of the city will be more than hopeful ahead of this match.
Liverpool are the favourites to win this match as you’d expect at home but the bookies are taking no chances with the respective form of each side and the best odds Liverpool can be backed at at the time of writing are 4/5. Several bookies have reported money for Everton though ahead of this match and the odds of an away win are on the slide with the top price at the moment being 9/2. The draw backers will look at this match as a good opportunity to make some cash and in what should be a close game expect the draw at 13/5 to be popular also.
Results at Goodison can often be a mixed bag but Liverpool have certainly ruled the roost at Anfield in this fixture over the past decade or so. The last time Everton recorded a victory in this match was back in 1999 when Everton won 1-0 and that is Everton’s only victory here at Anfield in the last fifteen years. It is worth noting that this fixture has ended all square on three of the last four occasions so that result has to be given some serious consideration, especially when you add in the fact that Liverpool have drawn eight out of thirteen home league games this season. The most likely correct score if this game is a draw has to be 1-1 (the score in the two of the last three draws between the sides) and that outcome can be backed at 13/2 whilst the score last year was 2-2 and that bet is not out of the question at big odds of 20/1.
The last two wins for Liverpool in this match have both been by a 1-0 scoreline and considering Liverpool have only scored fifteen goals in thirteen home games and also conceded ten in those matches that has to be the most likely score if Liverpool win at 6/1. This game has become a lot cleaner with more foreigners being brought in for both sides but there is still potential for some bust ups and it could be a good idea to back a red card in this match. You can get 11/4 on a red card for either side whilst it is 4/1 that an Everton player is dismissed, 11/2 that a Liverpool players sees red and 14/1 that both teams lose a man.
Are these the best bets for Liverpool v Everton? Who will have bragging rights this week out of the two teams? What are you betting on for Tuesday’s live match? Please share your thoughts with sports betting community where 55.9% are tipping a Liverpool win
Kick off today is at 8PM, come on REDS let us knock them bitters
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Kenny also wants the players to respond more…
The King is looking forward to the derby more…
(Bring them on)
Glen is still doubtful for tonight more…
(We miss him, Martin Kelly is great however Glen gives us more in attacking options)
No charges will be brought against the fan who was charged with making racist remarks more…
Coady “Bring on Ajax” more…
(Good luck, YNWA)
We are being linked with M’Vila more…
Drenthe is being linked with a move to LFC more…
(ROFL, that should make the bitters happy to see that)
Wenger calls Suarez a cheat more…
(Piss off Wenger)
And we are being linked with Jakub Blaszczykowski more…
(Woaaah how do you pronounce that? How does that name fit on the shirt?)
L.F.C. are big in China more…
(You’ll Never Wok Alone)
The Liverpool ladies lost 3-0 to Brum more…
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Suarez is open to a switch to PSG more…
(Luis, that is where Evra comes from, what are you thinking?)
The Supporters Committee is meeting on March 24th more…
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Downing has hit back at critics more…
(You tell ‘em Ste)
Luis Suarez’s brother comes to him defence more…
You can win 2 tickets to tomorrow’s game more…
Roy wants the England job more…
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Right let’s get this out of the way early doors…. we were terrible against Sunderland, we have drawn too many games, Dalglish’s record is worse than that of Hodgson’s during his reign, doom, gloom, it’s just not good enough, blah, blah, blah, whatever!
We really do like to focus on the negatives don’t we? I think people fail to remember that we were close to relegation under Hodgson and we had owners that cared more about lining their pockets than the intentions of the club. Now we have a management team and Owners that really have the club at heart and are giving their all to try to rebuild the team we love back to its former glory. Yes we’ve spent £100 million (£50 million less Torres) and some of the players are yet to “shine” but no one can surely say the football we have being playing recently isn’t a damn site better than what we were turning out with last. A base has been established from which we can build…..
We are leaking few goals and under KD we look truly solid, he has had the ball’s to drop JC and in doing so has let Agger and Skrtel flourish as a centre back pairing, so much so that Skrtel picked up player of the month last month. KD has also got the ball flowing again; for the most part we are starting to see the old “pass and move” style of old. This was seen most recently in the game against Arsenal where a number of slick moves could have seen the Red Men 4 or 5 up by half time. It wasn’t to be and ultimately a lack of quality and good fortune saw us squander 3 valuable points.
It’s true we have been missing that killer edge and too often we have let our performance levels drop dramatically. Although I cannot say I am pleased with our season to date (of course I would like more) I do feel in my heart of hearts that we have made progression. We do have players that can pass the ball well and improve the squad as a whole. I mentioned that we have base in place now and in the summer I think a few quality acquisitions can see us challenge for the coveted top 4 (I expected us to challenge for it this season but never truly believed we would achieve it)
So where to strengthen?
Keeper: Reina has had a less than Stella season but still commands the respect of those in front of him and has the trust required for them to perform without pressure. He is still the right man for the job.
Defence: Right back is well covered with Johnson and Kelly. Centre back positions are occupied by Agger and Skrtel with Carra and Coates as back up. Enrique has been a fine signing and he and Aurelio (who may leave) have us covered there. All in all we can be pleased with our back line and any other side in the Prem would be happy to have what we have there.
Midfield: Lucas (who we have missed massively) will be back to take his (first on the team sheet) position, he allows the rest of the midfield to push on without fear of leaving gaps at the back. Downing has had an indifferent season but still possesses quality and I expect him to kick on. Bellamy has been a breath of fresh air and will continue to play when he can. Hendo, Spearing and Shelvey will all feature; they are young and have a lot to give. Gerrard is Gerrard, he will play (when fit) but I honestly feel he is detrimental to the team (sorry). We rely on him way too much. He gets marked out of the game and that foils any strategy we have. Adam will be gone; he hasn’t cut the mustard and goes missing way too often. Maxi will also leave, I expect Kuyt to stay and play a bit part. 2 players will (should) be acquired here, a creative midfielder who can open up the opposition defence and also a Right Winger (think Johnson, although probably won’t happen). As a footnote I would love to see Suso drafted into the first team, I think he has what it takes to make it at the top and deserves his opportunity.
Forwards: Llorente Llorente Llorente, did I say Llorente. I hate it when dreamers say we should sign player after a player but Llorente would be a fantastic and necessary addition. If not him, then definitely someone in his mould. I don’t believe we will cut our losses on Carroll as we are too stubborn to admit we got it wrong, Carroll has been poor and there are wealth of strikers that can emulate what he does and offer so much more at half of his cost. Suarez is a leg end and will not be allowed to leave no matter what. We could also do with bringing in an “up and coming” youngster to make up a fourth striker to ensure we are adequately covered.
Apologies if I have gone off on one a bit but I feel that many of our supporters expect too much too fast. Take a look at City and what they have achieved since their injection of wealth. Shiekh Mansour took over in September 2008 and to my knowledge all they have won to date is the FA cup in 2011. Yes that’s 3 years after signing the likes of Robinho and Tevez before they won anything. We have the Carling (Mickey Mouse) Cup already and we are well placed in our FA cup run. Look at City now, they are a totally different proposition and are well placed to compete for England’s Premier prize (although they dropped a massive bollock today). If we are in a similar position over the next few years then I will be more than pleased.
Keep the faith kopites, it will come but it will take time, let’s not become Plastics like the Stamford bridge boys