The video series “The Three Matches” is dedicated to the most interesting sports events from the elite European grounds. Here’s news, predictions, odds and prizes for you, and here are the “Three Matches” this weekend:
Everton v Liverpool, Saturday 14:30
The Merseyside derby can never be dulled by the fact that the teams are not battling it out at the top of the table. For Everton anyway, this has been true for years. But for the proud “blue” team from the City of “Beatles” there is no more important game in the calendar than the one against the big red team from across Stanley Park, especially at its Goodison Park.
Everton have beaten Liverpool once in 12 years and were beaten 4-1 at this stadium last season. And this championship started terribly for Frank Lampard’s team, who took three points in the first 5 rounds. It is no coincidence that in two unpleasant columns of the bookmakers’ quotes, the “caramels” are close to or at the top – among the favorites for relegation and among the most expected next manager’s dismissal.
Liverpool also did not start brightly as they usually do under Jurgen Klopp. The loss to Manchester United and the two draws with Fulham and Crystal Palace speak of hesitation, and quite a few injuries in the team’s camp do not help. However, Wednesday’s win over Newcastle with a last-second goal is certainly an “injection” and momentum for the “Reds”.
For the derby, Darwin Nunes returns after a suspension at the top of the attack, and at least three more of those who missed the previous matches are expected to be healthy – Joel Matip, Curtis Jones, possibly Diogo Jota.
Everton have a huge goal scoring problem, conceding four in their five games so far. In this regard, the opponent has no worries, but Klopp must be worried that in almost every match Liverpool concedes a goal. And three days after that match, Napoli will be away at the start of the group stage in the Champions League, while Everton are free from European commitments.
Both teams strengthened on the last day of the market with players from top clubs on loan. Arthur from Juventus moved to Liverpool and Idrissa Guy returned from PSG to Everton until the end of the season.
Milan – Inter, Saturday 19:00
Derby della Madonina – what more can we say!?
The two teams fought side by side for the title last season and for the first time in 11 years Milan took the crown. However, Inter are the bookies’ top favorites to get it back (they took it in the 2020-2021 season) from their city rivals.
The clash at their shared home, the San Siro cathedral, has never obeyed rules such as sportsmanship and preconceived notions, as is often the case with major derbies. Both giants did not start the season perfectly, Inter fell to Lazio and have 9 points from 12 possible, and Milan with two draws collected 8.
Both teams also face trials in the Champions League next week, with the Blue and Blacks hosting Bayern and the Red and Blacks away to Salzburg. However, these are obviously not arguments for any change of focus outside the derby.
Last season, Milan won with a late turnaround – 2:1, in a match that actually decided the title at the end of the championship. The other meeting ended 1:1, and Inter triumphed for the Italian Cup after 0:0 and 3:0 in the semi-final duels. Curiously, AC Milan haven’t won a home league derby in 6 years.
Another curious, somewhat, moment – when they meet so early in the season (August or September), and this has happened a dozen times in the last 30 years, Milan has only one win.
Sevilla – Barcelona, Saturday 22:00
The hosts would not like this match to come right now in the program, but – you can’t do anything against the calendar. Julen Lopetegui’s team started with 2 defeats and 1 draw, and it cannot be said that they played the strongest teams in the league – newcomers Almeria and Valladolid, as well as Osasuna.
There is already talk of tension surrounding the coach, although sporting director and club leader Monchi has stood firmly behind him.
And to all the misery of the start of the season for Sevilla – Barca and Lewandowski are coming to town.
Xavi’s team started comfortably with a 0-0 draw at home to Rayo Vallecano, then scored four goals each at Real Sociedad (4-1) and Valladolid (4-0). Half of those goals were scored by Lewandowski, who is clearly already in his element in Catalonia. Not that anyone had any doubts about the adaptability of a player of his size…
Sevilla have not won against Barca in the last 7 years for the championship, which is a streak of 13 games (9 wins and 4 draws for the Blaugrana). And before that, “Sánchez Pisjuan” was an inhospitable place for Catalans for quite a long time.
Three days after this match at the same stadium comes Manchester City – another terribly tough test for Sevilla. Barca await a far less daunting test in the Champions League, hosting Viktoria (Pilsen) at home.
GAME WITH PRIZES
And the new season is full of rewards for the best connoisseurs among you. The Three Matches game is again taking place only on Efbet’s Instagram profile, where you only need to predict the final signs – 1, X or 2 – of the matches we have just presented to you. With the addition of tritemacha ( тритемача ) and a bit of luck, if you are of age and catch the three signs, you enter the game for three bonuses of BGN 50 free bet each. We are waiting for your predictions to measure strength, and here are the expectations of our team:
Everton – Liverpool 2
Milan – Inter 2
Sevilla – Barcelona 2.