RECORD sums of money will ride on Steven Gerrard making his last Merseyside derby a memorable one according to Ladbrokes.
Bookies nationwide will be braced to pay out up to £500,000 if the Liverpool legend is among the goals one final time, meaning he’ll trigger the biggest return for one player in the history of the clash if the script is followed.
A host of special markets are chalked up for Gerrard and the 11-1 he scores the decisive goal and 14-1 for a free- kick are among those catching the eye while it looks like he should stay out of trouble, with 25-1 offered about him signing out with a red card.
Gerrard is 10-3 at McBookie and Paddy Power to score and Liverpool have been awarded a penalty against Everton in three of the last four seasons.
Following Phil Jagielka’s thunderbolt strike in the reverse fixture earlier in the season it’s just 7-4 any player scores from outside of the box with 5-1 quoted a goal is scored in injury time.
The odds also suggest the managers should keep the peace on the touchline however, with 33-1 respectively offered about either gaffer being sent to the stands.
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger could be in line for a frustrating afternoon of an altogether different kind. Ladbrokes have priced the Arsenal manager at 6-4 to be captured by television cameras struggling to zip up his jacket in what has fast become a familiar sight for fans.
He’s also 8-1 to throw a bottle of water to the ground in frustration as he did previously when Tottenham came back from 2-0 down to beat Arsenal 3-2 at the Emirates in 2010.
Any potential clash between the managers could also see punters cash in with Wenger the more likely of the two to be sent to the stands at 25-1 with Mauricio Pochettino longer at 28-1
The Premier League derbies are the highlight of the English card today with Spurs v Arsenal live at 12.45pm followed by a teatime treat that sees Everton tackle Liverpool at Goodison.
These type of games are never easy to call and the best bet could be to go for goals. Five of the last six meetings at White Hart Lane have gone over 2.5 goals and while the last two at Goodison finished 3-3 and 2-2.
Over 2.5 goals pays 19-20 at McBookie and looks the best call while a third score draw in a row in front of Everton fans is 18-5 at McBookie. Everton are unbeaten in five after a rough patch while Liverpool are again pressing for a top-four place after five league wins in six.
Daniel Sturridge could start after sub appearances against West Ham last week and Bolton in the FA Cup in midweek and if he does back him to score first at 5-1 with McBookie and Paddy Power.
If I had to pick a winner it would be Liverpool. The Toffees have won just three out of 11 at home this season and are 13-10 with firms including McBookie and bet365.
Spurs-Arsenal is just as tough to call. Two points separate the sides in the table and Spurs have beaten Chelsea and Southampton and drawn with Manchester United at home this season.
They hit five against Chelsea then lost to Crystal Palace so it’s tough to predict which Spurs side will turn up. A score draw again looks the best bet at 7-2 with McBookie and BetVictor but Spurs could have the edge if Alexei Sanchez fails to make the starting line-up after missing out against Aston Villa.
Harry Kane is emerging as Spurs’ star turn and is 6-1 with McBookie to score first.
Elsewhere title rivals Chelsea and Man City should win with plenty to spare. Chelsea travel to an Aston Villa side without a league goal since 1999 – well it seems as long as that.
The Blues will be without Diego Costa but should be backed to win to nil at 1-1 with McBookie and BetVictor.
City face a Hull side who have lost their last two games 3-0 to Newcastle and West Ham. Manuel Pellegrini’s men were unlucky not to win at Chelsea last week and it’s not asking too much to cover the minus two handicap at 6-4 with McBookie and BetVictor.
Sergio Aguero hasn’t netted since his return from injury but this could be his day. The Argentine is 13-5 at bet365 to break the deadlock.
In the Championship I like Brighton against Nottingham Forest, with Dougie Freedman in charge but on a transfer ban, and Derby against a Bolton side who will have several of their new faces in the line-up.
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