Sky Sports pundit predicts Liverpool FC v Everton
Charlie Nicholas looks ahead to Liverpool FC's home clash with Everton on Wednesday night
Charlie Nicholas is backing Liverpool FC to claim a “comfortable” victory over Everton in the Merseyside derby clash at Anfield on Wednesday night.
The Reds head into the game fresh from their 2-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League at Anfield at the weekend.
That win has left Jurgen Klopp’s men eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table as they prepare for their crunch showdown against Everton this week.
Indeed, Liverpool FC have won 13 of their 14 Premier League games this season to leave them as the heavy favourites to win the top-flight title this season.
Everton, meanwhile, head into the game under pressure, having only managed one win in their last five outings in the top flight – and four wins in total all season.
Former Arsenal star Nicholas is backing the home side to claim all three points with a 2-0 win and continue their march towards their first Premier League title.
Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Nicholas said: “I watched the Liverpool match for Soccer Saturday at the weekend and in the end, they deserved to win.
“But the three points didn’t come without a struggle. They were hanging on at the end and the defensive frailties were highlighted once more.
“Alisson will miss the derby match and his replacement Adrian was a bag of nerves when he came on.
“Liverpool do not have the same rhythm of last season but they do know how to get results, and got there in the end on Saturday.
“Meanwhile, Everton lost this fixture last season to a last-minute Divock Origi goal. Marco Silva, who is another manager in serious danger, is saying that he has no interest in talking about his job.
“He knows what is in store, but he may be out soon. I am just not sure how soon.
“If they get beat by three or four I think it will be over for Silva on Thursday. What happens after that? Does David Moyes come in and save the day or do they twist and go with Eddie Howe to build a project? It’s a big call for the decision makers at Everton.
“This game is a different scenario though – it’s the derby. The two sides will not be thinking about anything that’s to come around the corner.
“Liverpool will want to rub Everton’s noses in it. Everton will park the bus, but Liverpool will be comfortable.”
Liverpool FC will travel to Bournemouth in their next Premier League game on Saturday afternoon as the hectic festive period in the top flight looms large.
The Reds will then take on RB Salzburg in their final Champions League group game on Tuesday night.