THERE haven’t been many more one-sided derbies than Liverpool-Everton on Wednesday. Forget Merseyside this was mercy me as Toffees boss Roberto Martinez saw his 10 men humiliated.
It was 4-0 going four more and Everton need a win at Wembley today to save their season … and their boss.
Reaching the FA Cup Final at the expense of Man United and then lifting the trophy could keep the Spaniard in his job but that looks out of reach.
United, with five Premier League wins to nil in their last seven, have turned mean while Everton’s defence continues to leak badly. John Stones could return but Ramiro Fuenes Mori is banned.
The Toffees haft a soft centre in defence and United should take advantage. They are rightly favourites at 11-10 with Paddy Power to triumph in 90 minutes and 8-13 with Coral to qualify. A win to nil is 40-17 at 888sport and United have won both league meetings this season without conceding.
Everton though are better going forward with the likes of Aaron Lennon, Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku posing a threat. Fit-again Wayne Rooney will be out to net against his former side and is 2-1 at McBookie to do so but for first scorer consider Marcus Rashford to make his mark. He is 6-1 at McBookie.
In the Premier League Rafa Benitez returns to the club where he won the Champions League but is unlikely to be gifted anything by a Liverpool side hitting top form.
Jurgen Klopp may have one eye on Villarreal on Thursday but should have enough to beat a side who have struggled on the road. Liverpool are 8-13 with Coral.
Norwich don’t play this weekend but relegated Aston Villa are in action and Southampton will be on many accumulators even at a poxy 1-2. I’d prefer to support Saints at 4-5 with Stan James to score 2+.
Jordan’s tipped Stoke to score at Man City on the assumption they’ll be weakened ahead of Real Madrid. I’d like to see the City line-up before having a punt.
Bets to Consider
Liverpool & Btts
Southampton to score 2+