Sunday, December 10, 2017 is a day for two of the biggest derbies in the English Premier League, with Manchester United hosting Manchester City and Liverpool welcoming Everton.
The first fixture is a clash between the league’s current top two, but preceding that on the day is more of a battle of pride – with the Merseyside teams separated by six places and 11 points after match week 15.
However, despite Everton’s woeful start to the season, they come into this game on the back of finally finding form just in time after beating both West Ham United and Huddersfield Town without conceding in their last two fixtures – under the influence of new boss Sam Allardyce, who officially began his Toffees reign for the latter.
Liverpool are also in great touch themselves, being undefeated in their previous seven in the top flight, and having just thrashed Brighton and Hove Albion 5-1 on the road.
Not that form going into this bitter rivalry tends to matter, as it’s the game both sets of players look forward to most and one that never fails to provide a huge amount of entertainment.
As it stands, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are the odds-on 2/7 favourites Premier League betting to win at Anfield, with Everton priced at 9/1 and a draw 9/2.
Liverpool are fancied so highly by the bookies for a reason, as they currently sit up in fourth place in the table, and have amazingly not lost to their arch-rivals in each of their last 14 meetings in all competitions. They won both fixtures last season, too, including a 3-1 win in the home fixture.
Philippe Coutinho was on target in that game, and also hit home his fourth PL goal of the season last time out against Huddersfield.
The Brazilian is expected to line up against fellow attackers Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, who are in fantastic form too. Salah, in particular, has lit up the league this campaign, topping the scoring charts with 12 goals in 15 appearances.
As for Everton, they’ll be able to call upon Wayne Rooney, who only two games ago fired a hat-trick past West Ham, which included one of the best hit goals you could wish to see.
It’ll be the former England and Man Utd great’s first match against Liverpool for his boyhood club Everton since way back in the 2003/04 season.
But thankfully for the Reds, Rooney never scored for the Toffees against them in four fixtures, and only has six strikes to his name against them in 27 total matches.
Anything can happen, though, which makes this fixture so intriguing. Big Sam Allardyce surely can’t wait for his first Merseyside derby, where he can continue to impress the Everton faithful after a perfect start and rise further up the table.
While, Klopp will be desperate for a win too in order to stay on the trail of those above his team, as well as keep north London duo Arsenal and Tottenham below them.