The sheen came off Liverpool’s season mid-week when Red Star made Jurgen Klopp’s side look completely average in a 2-0 defeat.
However, normal service should be resumed at Anfield, where the Reds face a side who are anchored to the foot of the division and whose manager could be facing a Monday morning doing his CV before he takes a trip to the job centre.
It won’t make easy reading for Slavisa Jokanovic that Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 26 Premier League home games.
He won’t need reminding either that the Cottagers are the only side in the Prem not to have kept a clean sheet in any league fixture this season, either.
None of this has been missed in the market of course and Liverpool are a prohibitive 1/12 in the win-draw-win market.
However, the 4/5 about the home side at -2 goals on the handicap makes things more interesting as they’ll want to repair the reputational damage done earlier this week – and get their retaliation in first before Chelsea and Manchester City kick-off later.
You have to go back to November 1994, when Boyz II Men were riding high in the charts with ‘I’ll Make Love To You’, to find the last time Everton beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Add to that the Toffees unenviable record in ‘that London’ of having only won one of their last 16 Premier League games in the English capital and Everton manager Marco Silva having lost all six games on his visits to the big smoke, you can see where this is heading.
Everton have had just one win on the road this season and given the form Chelsea are in as they chase a 12-game unbeaten start to the season, we’ll take Mauricio Sarri’s side to win -1 goal on the handicap at @ 11/10 to heap a little more pressure on City in the Manchester derby.
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