The Merseyside derby is a game that invokes passions, controversy and excitement – so it’s always one to look forward to.
Old rivals Liverpool and Everton meet at Anfield tomorrow with just six points separating the two sides in the race for European football, meaning there’s a lot more than pride at stake.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds sit in fourth as they aim for Champions League qualification for the first time since 2014.
Liverpool are the Premier League’s top scorers – but as in previous seasons, defensive frailties continue to undermine their quality in the final third.
Wins over Tottenham, Arsenal and Burnley in their last five have helped their top four hopes – they had just one win in the 10 matches before that.
That defensive weakness will be firmly tested tomorrow against the top flight’s leading individual scorer, Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian has 21 for the season, including nine in his last six games – a streak that has put Europe’s top clubs on red alert.
His goals have helped the Toffees to eight wins in their last 12 in the league, and to an unlikely push for a continental place of their own.
They haven’t won at Anfield since 1999, however, and are winless in their last 13 games against their neighbours from across Stanley Park.
I think that run will continue for a little longer against a strong Liverpool side, and will be backing a draw at 3/1 with 188BET.
It could be cagey too – four of the last five derbies have had two goals or less.
I suggest selling total goals at 2.75 with Sporting Index.
Draw - 3/1 (188BET)
Sell total goals - 2.75 (Sporting Index)