Someone unfamiliar with British football might think that this fixture between Liverpool and Everton is one not worth the attention. Some would go as far as to predict an easy win for the visitors, because technical analysis would suggest that they are the only ones who have something to fight for. They are only three points behind Tottenham, so they could theoretically lose their Europa League placement.

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The remaining rounds are particularly difficult for Chelsea, not to mention they are involved in a battle on two fronts. Winning Europa League one year after capturing the Champions League trophy would be a remarkable performance and will somehow make it easier to accept the fact that they haven’t won the Premier League in years. Liverpool drew three consecutive games then won by 6 goals to none at, and this could be another argument for those eager to dismiss the hosts and back the visitors all the way.

While all of these are solid reasons, there are plenty of counter arguments and given the fact that the odds are firmly above evens there is also value in backing the hosts. Liverpool might be eight points behind Tottenham and have a snowflake’s chance in hell of clawing its way to the fifth-place, but the Reds will never give up. They’ve achieved more impressive things than that and unlike their opponents they will encounter less motivated and competitive opponents in the five rounds left.

The head to head record is impressive on many levels, as the two teams met 178 times in a century of rich history and Liverpool prevailed 70 times at home. The rivalry is every bit as strong as it was 100 years ago and the hosts will have all of their fans behind them during this highly emotional game. They will be playing against their city rivals and the hosts will not cut them any slack. There is no better way for football enthusiasts to end the weekend than by watching some of the best English teams in action, regardless of whom they choose to bet on to win the game.

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