Everton v Liverpool odds and betting tips: Saturday 14 April

On Saturday morning, the M1 southbound will be flooded with Liverpool and Everton supporters heading down to Wembley for the first FA Cup semi-final of the weekend

The match between the two halves of Merseyside is sensibly being played at 12:30 BST and there shouldn’t be much between the sides considering they have a similar number of points in the Premier League.

Earlier in the season, it looked as though Liverpool were top four candidates and that Everton might do well to avoid relegation, although the former has suffered a dip in form and the Toffees have once again enjoyed a strong finish to their campaign.

David Moyes could afford to rest Nikica Jelavic and Tim Cahill on Monday and still see his team beat Sunderland 4-0, with odds of 23/10 (Stan James free bet) that Everton beat their arch-rivals, something that would represent revenge considering that Liverpool have won both Premier League games this season.

The Reds won 2-0 at Goodison Park after Jack Rodwell was incorrectly sent off before the reverse fixture in March saw Liverpool win 3-0 thanks to a Steven Gerrard hat-trick. However, that has been the team’s only decent performance in recent weeks.

The bookies make Kenny Dalglish’s side the slight favourites at 8/5 (Ladbrokes bookmaker) although they don’t exactly have the winning habit at the moment, even if a changed team was able to beat Blackburn 3-2 on Tuesday and plunge Rovers into trouble.

Unfortunately for Liverpool, they will be forced to field third choice goalkeeper Brad Jones for this massive match after Doni was sent off at Ewood Park, something which makes them a less attractive proposition than if Jose Reina was between the sticks.

Perhaps captain Steven Gerrard is capable of a rousing performance, something that he produced in the last Merseyside derby and the England midfielder is an 8/1 chance (Paddy Power free bets) to score the first goal of this game, with Dalglish likely to give him the freedom of the spacious Wembley pitch.

Luis Suarez still have the chance to end an infamous season on a high and should be fresh after also being rested for the Blackburn match and the Uruguayan is 13/2 to open the scoring in a week where Damien Comolli was relieved of his duties at Anfield.

We can easily see this being a nervy affair as many FA Cup semi-finals often are, although Everton come into this match in better form and we can’t pass up the opportunity to back them at 17/2 (Stan James) to win by a single goal.

Nikica Jelavic was given the team a great deal more cutting edge since arriving from Rangers and he will be a popular bet to break the deadlock, although Leon Osman is our idea of a value wager considering the diminutive midfielder was on the scoresheet against Sunderland.

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