Liverpool – Everton: Could it be? Could Saturday be the first time Everton takes all three points off Liverpool since 2010 (start time 12:30pm ET Saturday on NBC and online via NBCSports.com)?
The Toffees visit the Reds at Anfield for the second Merseyside derby of the 2020-21 season, the two sides having split the spoils in the fall as well as their final meeting of the 2019-20 campaign.
The most recent affair changed the course of the Premier League season, as Jordan Pickford’s foul on Virgil van Dijk sent the influential defender to the sidelines for the rest of the season.
Everton failed to join sixth-place Liverpool on 40 points when it lost to Man City on Wednesday, a day after the Reds took advantage of RB Leipzig mistakes to take a 2-0 lead in their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie.
Everton has a match-in-hand on Liverpool, so a win wouldn’t just make recent history; Three points would give the Toffees an advantage on table moving forward.
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Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Liverpool – Everton.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Allan are fit, which is a huge boost for Everton, but they begin on the bench. Yerry Mina (calf) and Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Achilles) are out. Jordan Pickford starts over Robin Olsen in goal.
Virgil van Dijk, Diogo Jota, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip are out for the Reds. Fabinho and James Milner are both out too but Naby Keita will be available off the bench.
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Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)
Liverpool is favored to the tune of -223 for a win, while a draw gets +340 odds, and an Everton win pays +550.
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Derbies are difficult to predict, especially with both Liverpool and Everton desperate to right their season ships. While it’s romantic to predict an upped run-in for both sides via an Everton win, the Reds seem just a bit more on-song. Liverpool 2-1 Everton.
How to watch Liverpool – Everton stream and start time
Kick off: 12:30pm ET Saturday
TV Channel: NBC
Stream: Online via NBCSports.com