Making their return this weekend and within touching distance of lifting their first Premier League crown, champions-elect Liverpool will make the trip across Stanley Park to an empty Goodison on Sunday night.
While Jurgen Klopp’s men might be inching towards the title, the Reds were last seen back in March crashing out of the Champions League against Atletico Madrid at Anfield and were in the midst of a blip.
On the flip side, also entering the enforced break with what turned out to be a 4-0 drumming at Stamford Bridge, Everton had previously managed to collect just a single Premier League point over their final three appearances.
With an unenviable return to action this weekend, the Toffees also hold a worrying record in the Merseyside derby.
Crashing out of the FA Cup at the hands of Liverpool’s youngsters earlier in the year, the Reds have beaten their arch-rivals in three of their last four meetings. Another victory for the soon to be champions can be found priced at 8/15 with William Hill.
Blues looking for a bounce
While Everton may have shown some immediate improvements after bringing in Carlo Ancelotti back in December, the Blues found themselves enduring another sluggish patch prior to the break.
Completely blown away in what was a 4-0 hammering against Chelsea last time out, the former Napoli boss saw his side fail to win any of their previous three Premier League outings and have since sacrificed their spot in the top half.
While Everton might have shown some worrying issues at the back before the interruption, they did have one leading marksman enjoying a stunning run of form.
Heavily linked with a debut call up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad back in March, Dominic Calvert-Lewin had previously bagged three goals in his last four top-flight appearances.
Forming a blossoming partnership with Brazilian international Richarlison, it should also be noted that the 23-year-old had found the net in each of his last three consecutive outings on home soil.
Calvert-Lewin can be found priced at 12/5 with Ladbrokes to mark his and Everton’s return with a strike at Goodison this weekend.
Elsewhere, Ancelotti will be unable to call upon both Theo Walcott and defender Yerry Mina who tore his thigh muscle at the start of June.
Liverpool looking to wipe the slate clean
While Liverpool might have all but wrapped up their first Premier League crown with plenty of time to spare, Jurgen Klopp saw his side in the midst of what was a really testing period prior to the enforced break.
Crashing out of the Champions League after watching Atletico Madrid come from behind at Anfield, the former Borussia Dortmund boss had seen his side lose three of their last four appearances across all competitions.
With that run highlighted by what turned out to be a woeful 3-0 hammering at relegation scrappers Watford, Liverpool had previously failed to record a clean sheet in any of their last six appearances. Even more worrying for Klopp, his side had shipped at least a pair of goals in four of those six outings.
You might be interested to know that the champions-elect can be found priced at 5/2 with Bet365 to once again ship over 1.5 goals on their return to action this weekend.
On a more positive note for Sunday’s guests, Liverpool will be able to call upon both Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah after the duo missed their side’s friendly victory over Championship outfit Blackburn.