Mark Lawrenson has predicted the Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool to end in a draw in his BBC column.
The former Liverpool defender believes that the Premier League clash at Goodison Park will be closely fought with the sides to share the spoils
“Unlike the last Merseyside derby at Goodison Park, which finished 3-3, I think this game will be tight and tense,” the 57-year-old wrote on BBC Sport. “It will still be absolutely frenetic but I think both sides will look it as a game it is important not to lose…
“A point would do them (Everton) very well, and I think it is the same for Liverpool, even though they are in much better form.
“They look a completely different side and if they can keep Daniel Sturridge fit and he can find some form then Liverpool have got a real chance of making the top four.”
Lawrenson went on to predict a 1-1 scoreline, but one must admit that Liverpool will be favourites to win.
Brendan Rodgers’s side are on a good run of form and have maintained their strong start to the New Year.
With star striker Daniel Sturridge back from a long-term injury and back among the goals, it will be interesting to see how the Everton defenders cope with the Liverpool attack.
Roberto Martinez’s team have not looked exactly great in defence, and the players will need to step up their game against the likes of Sturridge and Raheem Sterling.
However, if Everton score an early goal and are then able to limit the game to midfield, then they will have a good chance of picking up all three points from the Merseyside derby.