Latest Liverpool v Everton odds, betting preview and a new Paddy Power free bets offer as the Dublin firm enhance the price on the Merseyside derby (KO 12:45).
The first Merseyside derby of the year will have a subdued feel to it as out of sorts Liverpool and Everton do battle at Anfield.
In what is a far cry from last season, 11th will take on 14th and with both sides losing three and two games respectively a win will be crucial for confidence this weekend.
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Defensive issues has dodged both teams to date, the Reds have so failed to improve on last season’s frailties conceding 8 in their opening 5 games while their city rivals have conceded a staggering 13 goals.
Nine of those goals conceded have come in their last two games with Chelsea hitting them for six and Crystal Palace scoring three, with their only win of the season coming away to WBA in a 2-0 success.
Both sides will have key men missing for the game with Liverpool without Daniel Sturridge and Everton minus the considerable talents of Ross Barkley.
While Arouna Kone completes the list of absentee’s for Roberto Martinez, Liverpool will be without Emre Can, Jon Flanagan, Glen Johnson and Joe Allen with further doubts over Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho, ensuring that the squad assembled by Brendan Rodgers over the summer is already looking stretched.
With Sturridge out, the mantle of scoring will fall on Mario Balotelli. The forward has yet to score in the league but with goals in the Champions league and Capital One (admittedly in the penalty shootout) he will be more confident.
Balotelli’s physical presence will ensure that Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka, players never afraid to get stuck in, will be busy, of more concern for the defensive duo will be the pace of Raheem Sterling.
Liverpool’s top scorer has looked the most capable of filling the sizeable boots of Luis Suarez and his growing importance to the club was highlighted by the fact that Rodgers turned to him when his side were 1-0 down to Villa last time out at Anfield.
Last January Liverpool won this fixture 4-0 but a given both sides shaky start a repeat result is unlikely.