One of the most famous games in football takes place on Friday evening as Everton cross Stanley Park to take on local rivals Liverpool.
The pair have met 229 times over the years and, despite this traditionally being labelled the “friendly derby”, neither set of fans will forgive either Jurgen Klopp or Sam Allardyce for fielding understrength teams.
Both have a habit of taking the FA Cup for granted but, after three years in the role, Klopp needs to add silverware to his side’s swagger.
Doubts over Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah mean Adam Lallana could get a second straight start and he will be keen to make an impact as he eyes a spot in England’s World Cup squad.
Andrew Robertson, Joel Matip, James Milner and Roberto Firmino are all likely to come back in after missing the 2-1 win at Burnley while it remains to be seen who Klopp selects in goal.
There is also the added distraction of Philippe Coutinho‘s situation and he is unlikely to feature at Anfield as he continues to be linked with Barcelona while new boy Virgil van Dijk is another likely to miss out.
Having not lost against Everton in their last 20 meetings, the Reds are 20/51 to seal a victory on Friday.
Sam Allardyce loves nothing more than upsetting the big boys although he also has a habit sacrificing the cup competitions. No wins in four has halted the Toffees’ improvement under Allardyce and he will undoubtedly have one eye on his side’s shaky league position.
An away win at a magnificent 7/1 could be what is needed to get them back on track and the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Phil Jagielka and Dominic Calvert-Lewin could all come back in.
The pair’s last FA Cup meeting came in the semi-finals in 2012 and it was the Reds, with a team including the likes of Brad Jones, Jay Spearing and even Luis Suarez, who claimed a 2-1 triumph at Wembley.
It promises to be an entertaining affair on Friday and is one of the few derbies that still retains its famous fire as was demonstrated in last month’s 1-1 draw.
Liverpool are the better team and, with Everton lacking their previous momentum, they should have enough to claim a win to zero at 6/5.
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