Michael Owen states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Everton
The Liverpool FC legend is backing the Reds to beat Everton at Anfield in Sunday's Merseyside derby
Michael Owen is backing Liverpool FC to ease to a narrow 2-1 win over Everton at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
Jurgen Klopp’s side suffered a humbling 2-1 loss to Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday night to leave Liverpool FC in a precarious position in the group.
Liverpool FC need to beat Napoli 1-0 or by two clear goals to secure a place in the Champions League knockout stage, or else last season’s runners up will make a premature exit from the competition.
The Reds won’t have time to dwell upon their Champions League catastrophe ahead of the visit of their bitter rivals Everton at Anfield in the weekend’s final kick off.
While Liverpool FC have struggled in the Champions League this season, the Reds have managed to keep pace with Manchester City in the Premier League title race.
The Reds have collected 33 points from their opening 13 games, only dropping points in draws with Arsenal, Chelsea FC and Manchester City in the current campaign.
Former Liverpool FC striker Owen is backing Klopp’s side to ease to a 2-1 win over Everton at Anfield in the Merseyside derby on Sunday.
“In a weekend of Derby fixtures Liverpool host Everton at Anfield in the final game of the round,” Owen told BetVictor.
“The Reds are not often as short as 4/11 for victory in this competitive fixture and 17/2 the visitors is bound to have value seekers rubbing their hands in glee.
“However the hosts are unbeaten and it will take a monumental effort for the Toffeemen to inflict a first loss of the campaign especially in front of the Kop. Everton have quietly come up on the rails and look a solid favourite to finish best of the rest without the big six.
“In fact they may even think a top six finish is a realistic aim and with only three defeats have shown plenty of enterprise.
“With only one defeat in their last seven Premier League fixtures, they are one of the form sides and will make things tough for Liverpool.
“However, Pool still have that touch of quality and squad depth their rivals may slightly lack and I expect a tight match but go for a narrow 2-1 home win.”
Liverpool FC have drawn their last two Premier League games against Everton but the Reds were 2-1 winners in the FA Cup third round clash at Anfield back in January.
Virgil van Dijk scored the winner in the cup clash and Owen is backing the Netherlands international to make the difference on Sunday.
“For those looking outside the obvious for scorer wagers, Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk has been in impressive form of late and is more than justifying the huge fee Jurgen Klopp paid for the Dutch international,” Owen added.
“He scored against the Blues on debut during an FA Cup success back in January when becoming the first Liverpool player to score on debut against Everton since 1901! With great aerial presence and physical quality he will be vital at set pieces and I can see him notching again once more.”