Reds are strong favourites to take the spoils on Merseyside

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Five points ahead of neighbours Liverpool with only three games remaining, Everton are 1/4 with Stan James to cling on to sixth spot while the Reds are 11/4 via bet365 to overhaul their rivals and finish in the top six.

However, those odds will converge if Brendan Rodgers’s troops can see off the Toffees as the pair face-off in the 220th Merseyside derby at Anfield.

Liverpool haven’t lost to Everton on their own patch since 1999 and aided by home advantage, the Reds are strong favourites for the points at 21/20 courtesy of William Hill.

BetVictor price David Moyes’s charges at 14/5 to boost their chances of qualifying for the Europa League and it’s 13/5 (Stan James) to finish all-square, just as it did in the reverse fixture at Goodison Park in October.

That one ended 2-2, a scoreline BetVictor chalk up at 15/1 on this occasion and Ladbrokes offer 5/1 about the pair again being inseparable as each half is brought to a close. However, a combination of the Reds’ 6-0 victory at Newcastle and their superior record in recent derbies, means the hosts attract the bulk of the cash.

Bet365’s 11/4 for Rodgers’s side to shade it by one stands out then, alongside Stan James’s quote of 17/2 for the Reds to register a 2-1 success while Dean Sturridge, who filled the gap left by Luis Suarez’s suspension in fine fashion by bagging a brace last weekend, is 4/1 with Skybet to break the deadlock.

Despite having already clinched the title, Manchester United aren’t easing off as they showed at Arsenal last Sunday and they’re 5/4 via William Hill to dent Chelsea’s top four hopes at Old Trafford. However, three of the pair’s last five meetings have been all-square after 90 minutes and this one, at 5/2 (BetVictor) can also end in stalemate.

Staying with the scrap for Champions League places, North London duo Arsenal and Tottenham are both set to boost their chances by picking up maximum hauls this weekend. Betfred price Arsenal at 4/9 to overcome relegated QPR and it’s 1/2 courtesy of Stan James for a home win as Spurs entertain Southampton. The two sides double up at 23/20 with Skybet.

At the bottom, Wigan are starting to look doomed and BetVictor post 29/20 against West Brom worsening the Latics’ plight as the two lock horns at the Hawthorns. Similarly hapless Newcastle could emerge empty-handed at West Ham, an outcome the same firm offers at 11/8 but Stan James’s 21/10 outsiders Aston Villa can build on their 6-1 success against Sunderland by defeating Norwich at Carrow Road, where Christian Benteke is 6/4 via Paddy Power to score at any time.

Elsewhere, bet365 post 12/5 against an inconclusive affair at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland host Stoke, Ladbrokes price Fulham at 8/11 to beat a Reading side already planning for life in the Championship next season and toppled champions Manchester City (3/4, Paddy Power) can tighten their grip on second by securing the points at Swansea.

The squad for the British and Irish Lions’ tour of Australia was announced this week and Paddy Power make the 37-man travelling party odds-on favourites at 8/11 to emerge triumphant over the three matches Down Under while the Wallabies are 11/8 courtesy of Stan James.

Ladbrokes make the Lions 15/8 to prevail 2-1 and for optimistic supporters, a 3-0 whitewash is chalked up by bet365 at a tempting 3/1. Skybet finally, rate the tourists at 4/6 to start as they mean to go on by winning the opening Test in Brisbane on June 22nd.

Wladimir Klitschko is expected to rack up a remarkable 60th career victory as he takes on Francesco Pianeta in Mannheim, bet365 chalking the 37-year-old up at just 1/50 to get the better of the Italian-born challenger.

It’s just 1/6 (Ladbrokes) for Klitschko to KO the unbeaten southpaw so punters looking to make some cash will have to be a touch more specific and Skybet offer 2/1 about the stoppage arriving in rounds four to six.

Over in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather Jr faces Robert Guerrero and the latter’s aggressive style is likely to see him picked off by the unbeaten counter-puncher. Mayweather is 1/9 at William Hill to prevail but he might have a bit of ring rust to shake off and that lends appeal to a victory on points at 4/6 courtesy of Stan James.

Bet of the week: The Lions to beat Australia 3-0 – 3/1 (Skybet).

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