This Saturday sees the Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool and whilst the local police might not be best pleased with the 5.30pm (UK time) kick off, it should help engender an even more lively and excited atmosphere around the game than is usually the case.
This might not be the biggest derby game in recent times, given there are 12 points between the teams, with Liverpool in seventh and Everton 12th, but when this pair meet you can always guarantee excitement and a feisty affair. With the further fascinating subplot of this being – almost certainly – Steven Gerrard’s last ever Merseyside derby, a brilliant evening of football is in store.
Both sides have improved of late, with Liverpool in particular starting to show the sort of form that made them title challengers last season. In a more central role Raheem Sterling is flourishing whilst the return of Daniel Sturridge should bring more threat and goals. The Reds have suffered just one loss in 13 games and look very dangerous at times.
Roberto Martinez may want to forget this season but after beating Crystal Palace last time out they moved away from a minor flirtation with the relegation zone and are now unbeaten in five, including a good 1-1 draw with Man City. Everton are usually hard to beat at Goodison and having drawn with City, Arsenal, Swansea on home soil and recorded a good win over West Ham, they will feel they have a fair chance of success here.
If you intend to have a bet on this game then make note of BetVictor’s Red Card Refund offer which will give you money back if there is a red card shown at any point in the game. If your bet on one of the designated markets loses, BetVictor will refund the stake as a free bet up to £10 in the event of a sending off. Eligible markets are spincast, first, last or anytime goalscorer, half-time/full-time, scorecast and correct score.
The free bet refund is credited as Promo Cash and is valid for 30 days. Only bets placed pre-match using real cash will be eligible for the refund and the Promo Cash will be added to your account within 24 hours of the game ending.
This is a very good offer for one simple reason: this fixture has seen more red cards than any other in Premier League history. Tempers are sure to flare as emotions run high, the fact that it is Gerrard’s last game and a later-than-normal kick off only adding to that.
You have a very real chance of a refund but, of course, winning your bet in the first place would be far more profitable. Our tip for this one, in what we think will be an open game, is to back 2-2 at huge odds of 14/1 or play it safer and back Sturridge to score at anytime at 31/20.