Jamie Carragher: Why Everton are favourites to beat Liverpool

Jamie Carragher says Liverpool are the underdogs against Everton on Sunday afternoon

Jamie Carragher believes that Everton head into Sunday’s Merseyside derby in the unusual position of being the favourites to beat Liverpool at Goodison Park.

The Reds make the short trip to face their bitter rivals looking to build on their 3-2 win over Aston Villa at Anfield in the top flight last weekend.

Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw by Sion in the Europa League in midweek as the Reds’ stuttering start to the new season continued.

Brendan Rodgers’ men are in ninth place in the Premier League table after having taken 11 points from their first seven top-flight games.

Everton, meanwhile, are fifth and just a point ahead of their local rivals.

And former Liverpool defender Carragher feels that the Toffees are the favourites to claim victory over their bitter local rivals on Sunday afternoon.

Carragher told Sky Sports: “I see Everton as favourites for this one – it does not happen often I must say. Liverpool are seen as the ‘bigger’ club, they have spent more money and so are expected to win more trophies.

“But the way Liverpool have been playing this season compared to Everton, I think Everton have the edge, and it is at Goodison obviously, which is in their favour. And I think the massive win that Everton had at West Brom, coming back from two goals down, gives everyone a massive lift at the club.

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“I can imagine the atmosphere now – the atmosphere is always good there in a derby game – but I think the roof is going to come off when the two teams come out, which puts it in Everton’s favour.”

The Toffees have not beaten Liverpool in the last nine attempts in the top flight.

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