Everton Look to Leapfrog Manchester United With a Win
Last updated: December 2, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1|
|Last season:||Everton 0 – 3 Man Utd|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
The Sunday afternoon fixture sees Everton host Manchester United at Goodison Park. It’s fair to say that both these teams would have hoped for a little more at this stage of the season. Despite sitting in 6th and 7th position, both clubs are some distance from the pack leaders and a win away from the top five.
Everton started fantastically, winning four in a row after a solid draw against Tottenham on the opening day of the season. Since then, things have taken a significant down turn however. Just one win from the eight subsequent matches has unsurprisingly coincided with the goals drying up for Romelu Lukaku. Despite the signing of Ashley Williams, the defence hasn’t tightened up and while new signing Yannick Bolasie has picked up four assists and one goal, more is expected of him and the Everton attack in general. Koeman may look to rotate the midfield once again, as the Ross Barkley conundrum continues, which may allow Gerard Deulofeu or Kevin Mirallas a start.
Mourinho too is still searching for the right formula. The midweek cup win against West Ham is perhaps as close as he has come, and the manager should perhaps stick with Mkhitaryan and Martial, who both did more than enough to retain a starting role. Wayne Rooney is banned after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season, which could allow either to start. Mourinho however will likely stick with a less attacking and more defence minded starting line up, although this could be missing a trick against an Everton defence with one clean sheet in their last nine.
There are no new injury concerns for Everton ahead of the match. Leighton Baines should start his third match in a row after fully recovering from injury.
Koeman has options in midfield and may rotate any number of Lennon, Barkley and Gueye, after poor showings last week. Cleverley, Mirallas and Deulofeu will be waiting on the wings.
Manchester United will be without Wayne Rooney, after he picked up his 5th yellow card of the season in the midweek cup clash against West Ham. Mkhitaryan impressed in that fixture and could be in line to make just his second league start.
Mourinho looks set to stick with his alternate back four, as Smalling and Bailly remain injured, while Luke Shaw has picked up a knock.
|Everton (4-2-3-1):||Stekelenburg, Coleman, Jagielka, Williams, Baines, Gueye, Barry, Lennon, Barkley, Bolasie, Lukaku|
|Subs:||Robles, Deulofeu, Mirallas, Cleverley, E Valencia, Funes Mori, Holgate|
|Injured:||Pennington, Besic, Koné|
|Manchester United (4-2-3-1):||de Gea, A Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Blind, Herrera, Carrick, Pogba, Mata, Rashford, Ibrahimovic|
|Subs:||Lingard, Martial, Romero, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Darmian, Mkhitaryan|
So far this season
|Everton this season||Man Utd this season|
|3 (2)||(at home) Wins (away)||2 (3)|
|4-1 vs. Leicester||Biggest win||3-0 vs. Sunderland|
|3 (1)||(at home) Draws (away)||4 (1)|
|0-5 vs. Chelsea||Biggest Defeat||0-4 vs. Chelsea||Romelu Lukaku (7)||Top scorer||Zlatan Ibrahimovic (7)|
|Yannick Bolasie (4)||Assist Leader||Wayne Rooney (4)|
|Y31, R0||Discipline||Y30, R1|
|3||Failures to score||3|
|7||Both Teams to Score Games||8|
|5||Over 2.5 Games||6|
|8||Under 2.5 Games||7|
- After a strong start, Everton’s form has dried up over the last six weeks, with just one win in their last seven league games. While the goals have dried up, the defensive performances have been poor, with one clean sheet in their last nine.
- United are unbeaten in their last four league matches, but they have won only one of those. On the back of two draws, they will be keen to kick on from their midweek cup win and try to shorten the deficit on the league leaders.
- A win would see Everton leapfrog United which adds an extra level of motivation. They will need to be more clinical in front of goal however; just five matches have featured over 2.5 goals, while striker Lukaku is without a goal in his last three.
- Ibrahimovic appears to have found his scoring boots again. With a fairly makeshift defence, Mourinho will be looking to the Swede for the goals to clinch victory.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|23/04/2016||FA Cup||Everton 1 – 2 Man Utd||Fellaini 34′|
|03/04/2016||Premier League||Man Utd 1 – 0 Everton||Martial 54′|
|17/10/2015||Premier League||Everton 0 – 3 Man Utd||Schneiderlin 18′|
|26/04/2015||Premier League||Everton 3 – 0 Man Utd||McCarthy 5′|
|05/10/2014||Premier League||Man Utd 2 – 1 Everton||Di Maria 27′|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
Manchester United found their form in the cup win against West Ham. If they maintain that level of performance then they should prove too much for Everton to handle. The Toffees haven’t yet recovered from the 5-0 mauling from Chelsea and if United can quickly gain the upper hand, then I think they will be too strong for a struggling Everton team. You can get Manchester United to win at 11/10 at William Hill.