Liverpool and Everton meet at Wembley on Saturday in The FA Cup semi-final. Both sides find themselves in comfortable in the league and can put all their attention into this encounter.
Liverpool managed a 3-2 victory at Blackburn on Tuesday evening, despite playing the majority of the game with ten men. Andy Carroll scored the winner late on, a return to form for their record signing could be coming at just the right time.
Kenny Dalglish’s side were triumphant against bitter rivals Manchester United in the fourth round and if they were to beat Everton in the semi-final it would be a dream come true for the Liverpool fans.
Dalglish has already picked up the Carling Cup this season, if he were to deliver another trophy to the cabinet it could ease the pressure on his future and their league position may not be taken into account as much.
Everton are in a great run of form, winning four of their last five in all competitions, conceding just two goals.
David Moyes’ side had a fantastic win over Sunderland on Monday beating the Black Cats 4-0, which keeps them one point above their Merseyside Rivals. If the Toffee’s manages to stay above Liverpool and beat them this weekend, bragging rights will surely be heading to Everton this year.
January signing Nicola Jelavic has four goals in his last five games, the Croatian will go into the game hoping he can add to his first FA Cup goal against Sunderland in the quarter-final replay.
Everton will be looking to exploit Liverpool’s third choice goalkeeper Brad Jones who is likely to start with both Pepe Reina and Alexander Doni are both suspended.
Despite their recent poor form Liverpool go into the game as slight favourites. BoyleSports have odds of 8/5 for Dalglish’s side reaching the final.
Everton are being offered at 2-1 with Betvictor overcome their local rivals. A draw is available at 23/10 with StanJames.
Liverpool striker Luiz Suarez is favourite to get the scoring underway at Wembley with odds of 6.50 (11/2) withBet365.
In form Everton striker Nicola Jelavic looks to be the Toffee’s best chance of breaking the deadlock, he is 8.00 (7/1) with Paddy Power.
David Moyes’ side are in a real hot streak at the minute and will be upbeat about their chances in this game. Goals could come thick and fast so a recommened bet for this game is Everton to win 3-2 in 90 minutes at 41.00 (40/1) with SkyBet