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Rupert Wyman 16th Oct 2010 - 11:59

The Merseyside relegation six-pointer derby

For the first time in my lifetime the Merseyside derby is a relegation six pointer. Liverpool have been in chaos off the field recently and both teams are struggling at the foot of the table, needing the three points.

The Blues will be looking to spoil Liverpool's party. Liverpool are now under new ownership and it surely cannot be any worse than Tom Hick's and George Gillet's reign. However, they have been replaced by their fellow American John W Henry. The Liverpool ownership saga may not yet be over!

Derby games are difficult to punt on because they can always throw-up the unexpected. Liverpool are behind Everton in the league table and they sit in the bottom three. With just one victory in the League this season, there could be further trouble ahead for Liverpool.

Gerrard was named player of the month for Liverpool in September and he has been the best of a bad bunch, he seems to be carrying most of the squad at the moment.

Hodgson has had to defend his new signings in the press. Christian Poulson, Raul Meireles and Konchesky have not looked nearly the same quality as some of the world class names they have signed or been linked with in the past.

The Liverpool derby could be quite congested in the middle of the park, Meireles and Poulsen are new to the league and they will not be up to the pace. They will be up against the likes of Osman, Arteta and Cahill.

Everton are without Fellaini who got crocked midweek on international duty. They are also missing Steven Pienaar, Rodwell and Saha.

Liverpool are without Kuyt and the centre-back Agger is out with a back problem. The big news for Liverpool is the 'supposed' return to fitness of Torres. He cannot seem to shake off his World Cup hangover.

Torres is 6/4 to score anytime and 11/2 to be first goalscorer. He is out of form and he has seen the fourth official's board more than most players of late.

He looks disinterested on the field and I am sure he would rather be lining up for Barcelona against the in-form Valencia this evening.

Liverpool are a big price at 19/10 to win away if they can find some form, the feel good factor may be back at Anfield but the players will need to step up their game. The draw is 21/10 and Everton are 6/4 for the home win.

Our Match Winner offer for Sunday offers backers the chance to punt on the referee brandishing a red card at 2/1. With so much at stake and both clubs looking like their best chance of glory is the city bragging rights, a red card looks likely.

This is historically the dirtiest match in the league with nineteen red cards. You can back over 6 cards at 2/1 but there is little value in that bet.

Everton are 9/1 to be in the lead at half time and not win. A Hodgson rant at half time and Everton's ability to implode gives punters a chance at a great price.



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