Morale in the camps of Merseyside’s two biggest football clubs could hardly be more polarised at present, but the status quo will be flipped on its head this weekend.
Liverpool’s season is unravelling like a toilet roll hurled off the top of a multi-storey car park, with just two victories in their last seven games across all competitions.
It’s a situation made all the more galling by goings on away across Stanley Park.
Everton are flying, having cast off the shackles of the Europa League, winning four of their last five outings, including a 3-0 success over Manchester United last time out.
However, it may well be that a fair amount of the blame for the Merseyside brethren’s prolonged piques and troughs can be apportioned to one simple factor.
Playing at home.
Five of Liverpool’s last six games have been away from Anfield, where only Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United have won since the season’s second week.
Meanwhile, three of the Toffees’ post-Kiev successes have come at Goodison Park, with a more moderate 2-1 win over QPR and a draw in Swansea their road-going spoils.
This weekend Brendan Rodgers’ men return to the stronghold, where they are 9/25 to dispose of the Super Hoops.
Everton must travel for only the second time in five games, visiting Aston Villa, where they are 33/20 to taste a first league defeat since Stoke in March.
The Merseysiders’ separate shifts in locale are fancied to bring about an abrupt change in fortunes for both parties, landing the aforementioned 13/5 double in the process.
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