Reds to Bounce Back in Merseyside Derby

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Liverpool will look to exact some revenge on Merseyside rivals Everton while Burnley can hammer another nail in West Brom's coffin.

Mohamed Salah continues to bang in the goals despite Liverpool's struggles

Liverpool will aim to put to bed a run of three consecutive losses in the Premier League when they host local rivals Everton at Anfield.

It has been a turbulent month for Jurgen Klopp’s side who appear to be out of the running to defend their Premier League crown.

They are sixth in the table, 16 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City, and face a battle to even finish in the top four after last year’s dominant title win.

Revenge may be on their minds against Everton with the reverse fixture in October the harbinger of their doomed title defence.

Virgil van Dijk suffered his season-ending injury after being clattered by Jordan Pickford while Liverpool were denied a later winner following an incredibly tight VAR offside call.

They will be so eager to get back on the winning trail and will carry confidence from their impressive win against Leipzig in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Liverpool are 20/43 to beat Everton, with Carlo Ancelotti’s side in poor form, winning just one of their last six.

Despite it being a below-par season for Liverpool, Mo Salah has still been banging in the goals and the Premier League’s tops scorer is 21/10 to score first.

Nothing to Separate Mid-Table Duo

On Friday night Wolves and Leeds face off at Molineux in the first Premier League contest of the weekend between two sides comfortable in mid-table.

Wolves sit 12th and have generally performed below their best this season, certainly in comparison to their stunning campaigns in the last two years.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo
Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo.

Criticism has been levelled at boss Nuno Espirito Santo for being too cautious in his approach with Wolves this season – the Black Country outfit have only scored 25 times this season, with only the bottom three and Burnley having worse scoring records.

Leeds have the opposite problem – Marcelo Bielsa’s men have wowed plenty of fans with their bold and dynamic style of attacking play, but defensively they are prone to lapsing.

Only West Brom have shipped more goals in the top-flight than Leeds this season with their defensive vulnerabilities on display in Sunday’s 4-2 loss at Arsenal.

Both sides are suffering with injuries at the moment too – Raul Jimenez, the focal point of Wolves’ attack, has been a huge miss since he fractured his skull against Arsenal before Christmas, while Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo are both set to miss out again for Leeds.

With both sides unlikely to be at full strength, a draw, which is available at 47/20 seems a likely outcome.

Clarets to Edge Relegation Six-Pointer

Burnley host West Brom in what is a huge game at the wrong of the table, particularly for the Baggies.

Sam Allardyce was brought in to replace Slaven Bilic to mastermind their Premier League survival.

The clock is ticking on West Brom boss Sam Allardyce's survival hopes

Things have not gone to plan, however – Allardyce has won just one game since taking over on December 16 and the Baggies look likely for relegation as they are 12 points from safety.

Burnley are 15th, eight points above the bottom three, as Sean Dyche’s cheaply-assembled squad looks to punch above its weight yet again.

Even the most ardent Clarets fans would admit they are not the most thrilling side to watch, but they are very good at the basics – and this game will be a test of that.

Burnley are 21/20 to defeat a West Brom side lacking in confidence at the moment.

Given only Sheffield United have a worse goalscoring record than these two sides, under 1.5 goals at 39/20 may be a smart bet.

*All odds correct at time of writing

A sports journalist for over 15 years, Aidan has been part of written and audio coverage on a wide-ranging number of events. Having played and coached at amateur level, he offers in-depth insight and opinion into the world of football in particular.

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