Saturday's Bet of the Day extra: Everton to progress against neighbours Liverpool

Everton are the underdogs against Liverpool in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. Adam Bate sees a betting opportunity given the form of the two teams
The off-field uncertainty at Liverpool following the exit of director of football Damien Comolli is unlikely to distract from events at Wembley as the Reds take on neighbours Everton with a place in the FA Cup final at stake.

It’s been a strange season for Liverpool. Kenny Dalglish already has a trophy to show for his efforts but the shadow of last year’s spending looms over everything at Anfield at present with a recent run of five defeats in six games adding to the gloom.

Those concerns will evaporate pretty quickly if Steven Gerrard can repeat his hat-trick against Everton last month and help beat their rivals here. Liverpool are 8/11 (1.73) with William Hill to reach the final.

To do that, the Reds must rip up the form book because Everton have been in impressive form of late, losing just three of their last 17 games in all competitions.

David Moyes will be desperate to cap a decade at Goodison Park with a trophy and Everton are Evens (2.0) with William Hill to advance to the final here. The draw is 21/10 (3.1).

In the first goalscorer betting it makes sense to consider Gerrard’s tendency to deliver for Liverpool on the big occasions. He is a 15/2 (8.5) shot to open the scoring in this one.

For Everton, Nikica Jelavic has made a great start to his Toffees career and is 7/1 (8.0) to net first.

That’s the Value Bet in this one given that the Croat has scored the first of the game in three of his seven starts for the club since moving from Rangers in January.

With that in mind, the pick of the bets is to back Everton to win within 90 minutes here. Underdogs despite their superior form and league position, the price of 19/10 (2.9) with William Hill is a chunky one.

Everton to win at 19/10 (2.9) with William Hill
Jelavic to score first at 7/1 (8.0) with William Hill

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Adam Bate is a professional freelance journalist who specialises in football and betting. He is editor of GhostGoal which can be found here - you can also follow Adam on Twitter