Everton vs Liverpool 11/23/2013 Free English Premier League Soccer Pick and Preview
Everton(5-5-1) Liverpool (7-2-2)
Saturday 23rd November 2013 12:45(GMT)
The Line: Everton 15/8 Draw 5/2 Liverpool 6/4 See the Latest Odds
TV: BT Sport; NBC Sports
On Saturday afternoon Roberto Martinez will get his first taste of the Merseyside Derby as his Everton side look to protect their unbeaten home record when they face great rivals Liverpool at Goodison Park. Everton have been excellent at home this term with three wins and two draws and have only conceded in two games. That good home record is based on a solid back four with Coleman, Baines, Distin and Jagielka as good as any back four in the league at the moment. Where Everton have solidity in defence and cover from midfield in the the form of Gareth Barry they also possess a couple of really exciting forward players in Meireles , Barkley and Lukaku. Everton have been more exciting under Martinez than when David Moyes was in charge partly because of the players Martinez now has at his disposal but it is also the brand of football Martinez has his team playing.
With Luis Suarez traveling a long distance back from Uruguay's world cup qualifier Brendan Rodgers will be hoping Daniel Sturridge's knock is not serious and that he has both of his star strikers available to him. Liverpool sit in second in the league table but I cant help but feel this is an artificial position based on an easy schedule rather than a massive improvement in Liverpool's ability. There is no doubt Sturridge and Suarez are a top quality pairing and Couthino and Gerrard are capable of inspiring victory from midfield but Liverpool's deficiencies at the back have been exposed recently against Newcastle, Arsenal and Southampton. Away from Anfield Liverpool have been far from impressive as well with two wins coming against bottom clubs a loss to Arsenal and two draws with Swansea and Newcastle(who played 50 minutes with 10 men).
Lots of people are predicting an open free flowing game here and I guess it could be argued that Liverpool's counter attacking style leads to this but in the Arsenal game once Liverpool went behind they struggled to create anything against an Arsenal team that held the ball just as well as Liverpool do. Everton play a similar style to Arsenal and a win tomorrow would put Everton level on points with their cross city rivals. I think we see a cautious game tomorrow and for that reason I'm taking a draw at halftime at evens. I think Everton will stiffle the SAS of Liverpool and this one could finish 0-0 which is tempting at 9/1.http://twitter.com/antonpippo