Premier League Match Preview: Liverpool vs. Everton

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Updated: January 23, 2014
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Match Date: 28 January 2004 (local)

Match Venue: Anfield

 

Liverpool

Dropping two points from their most recent battle, Liverpool had a level scoring with mid-table club Aston Villa 2-2. The side could have been slammed by their visitors if the only basis for performance was the fixture’s first half, when Villa’s Andreas Weimann and Christian Benteke scored a double lead. A Henderson-assisted goal by Daniel Sturridge and a controversial penalty goal by Steven Gerrard made the finish 2-2.

 

Their draw with Villa was a rare occasion for a Liverpool home match. Thus far, almost all of their home tourneys this season were victorious except for this one and the lone downfall they incurred from Southampton.

 

Everton

Everton shipped their ninth non-consecutive draw this season when they battled out with West Bromwich 1-1 at The Hawthorns on Monday. The Toffees initially had the lead with Kevin Mirallas’ first-half goal, but a brave header by Diego Lugano in the second period made the scoring even.  The defender’s first goal in the Premier League saved new manager Pepe Mel’s debut in West Brom, but it also meant that Everton will only have to settle with a single point and remain outside the crucial top five.

 

Earning 42 points from all their top-flight matches this season, Everton must ship more victories in order for them to qualify at least for the Europa League. A shot in UEFA’s second most important competition may prove to be their best hope for a continental meeting, as the berths for the top tournament are now nearly-certain opportunities for Arsenal, Manchester City, and Chelsea.

 

Online betting tip: This face-off will catapult remarkable exploits from both Liverpool and Everton, given the kind of attacking skills these clubs possess. Expect this clash to conclude in a high-scoring stalemate.

 

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