By Danny Carrington
Last Updated: 3rd January 2020
It has been just a month since we were treated to a high-scoring encounter between Liverpool and Everton. Divock Origi was Liverpool’s two-goal hero as he delivered a fantastic brace when his side beat their city rivals 5-2. More goals were scored that night than in their previous five clashes combined.
Now, thanks to the FA Cup draw, we can look forward to another Merseyside derby on Sunday in what is the standout fixture of the third round.
Liverpool in red hot form
It’s not an exaggeration to say that Liverpool enter 2020 looking like the best side in Europe and while they will be focused more on the Premier League and the Champions League, the FA Cup provides a great opportunity to end the season with some further silverware. With the FIFA Club World Cup already in the bag, they are on track to chase a quadruple, with their next mission to dismiss Everton’s FA Cup hopes here.
Liverpool have not lost at Anfield in all competitions in well over a year, have gone 37 league games without defeat and failed to win just one of their last 27 matches. As if that’s not enough, Jurgen Klopp secured the Reds the Champions League last season, got them to the final the year before and Liverpool are 9/4 to reach Istanbul in May.
Having had such an action-packed December, it’s likely we will see more rotation from Klopp, although he will not fancy the prospect of a replay in their quest to lift the FA Cup. They aren’t actually favourites to do so in the outright market, despite their fantastic form, but are certainly worth getting behind. They are sitting second in the betting at 11/2 ahead of 7/1 shot Tottenham, with Manchester City the favourites going into this round of games at 3/1.
Toffees set for a sticky situation
Everton have enjoyed an improvement of late, positioned six points behind a Europa League spot after winning two out of three matches since the appointment of new manager Carlo Ancelotti. That said, it might be a little soon in his tenure to turn their poor record on the road around. Everton’s away form has been one of the worst in the league this season, taking just eight points from a possible 33, which makes the idea of a trip to Anfield a particularly daunting one.
Everton haven’t won a Merseyside derby since 2010 and are priced at 23/10 to turn that around this weekend. They will take encouragement from Klopp’s FA Cup record of only registering three wins in 10 games in the competition. That said, one of those wins came against the Toffees.
Ancelotti will be relying heavily on his club’s FA Cup campaign, having already been eliminated from the Carabao Cup. Everton have won this tournament five times but haven’t done so since 1995 and understandably make the trip across Stanley Park as the underdogs, with the Reds 11/10 favourites. A match result for Liverpool and both teams to score can be backed at 21/20 and, after last month’s goal fest, it could very well hold value.