The Red Devils look to get back to winning ways
Last updated: September 14, 2017 by Leon Marshal
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1|
|Home Team Form:||WWWD|
|Away Team Form:||WDLL|
|Last Meeting:||Everton 1 – 2 Man United|
Sunday’s late kick-off sees Manchester United host Everton. After a winning start, Everton have earned just one point in the following three games. This perhaps sounds a little worse than it is however, as those three matches have been against last season’s top three finishers. United on the other hand have had a much kinder and better start. Their winning record came to an end last week against Stoke, but Everton will be the first side from last season’s top ten finishers they will face.
The one downer for the Red Devils is the loss of Paul Pogba to a hamstring injury. The midfielder left the field in the first half of Tuesday night’s Champions League victory over Basel and could be out for up to six weeks. United’s squad is more than strong enough to cover Pogba’s absence, but the Frenchman has been instrumental so far, with two goals and three assists. Another that has been vital to United already is former Everton man Lukaku. The Belgium is hotly tipped to score against his former club and the Everton defence will have their work cut out trying to stop him.
Everton’s striker will also be facing his former club. Wayne Rooney returns to Old Trafford after spending the majority of his career there. While he will be just as eager to get on the scoresheet as Lukaku, the chances may be fewer for Rooney. One potential issue here is Thursday night’s Europa League fixture. Everton played Atalanta in Italy on Thursday, meaning they will have had little rest and time to prepare for this one. United played at home on Tuesday in their European fixture, meaning they should be much more refreshed than the Toffees.
Paul Pogba limped off the field in the midweek Champions League match with a hamstring injury and is set to miss this one.
Other than that there are no new injury concerns. Luke Shaw is nearing a return to match fitness, while Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimović are still some way from a return.
Jordan Pickford has returned from injury and should be fit to start this match.
Fatigue will be the biggest obstacle for Ronald Koeman to navigate, having played a Europa League match on Thursday.
|Everton (4-2-3-1):||De Gea, Valencia, Darmian, Bailly, Jones, Herrera, Matic, Rashford, Martial, Mkhitaryan, Lukaku|
|Subs:||Romero, Blind, Smalling, Fellaini, Lingard, Mata, Carrick|
|Injured:||Pogba, Ibrahimović, Rojo|
|Everton (4-2-3-1):||Pickford, Martina, Keane, Williams, Baines, Schneiderlin, Gueye, Klaassen, Rooney, Sigurdsson, Ramirez|
|Subs:||Jagielka, Mirallas, Stekelenburg, Davies, Vlasic, Calvert-Lewin, Holgate|
|Injured:||Coleman, Funes Mori, Bolasie, Barkley, McCarthy|
So Far This Campaign
|Man United So Far This Campaign||Everton So Far This Campaign|
|2 (1)||Wins (away)||1 (0)|
|4-0 vs. Swansea||Biggest Win||1-0 vs. Stoke|
|0 (1)||Draws (away)||1 (0)|
|—||Biggest Defeat||0 – 3 vs Tottenham|
|Romelu Lukaku (4)||Top Goal Scorer||Wayne Rooney (2)|
|Y4, R0||Discipline||Y8, R1|
|0||Failures to Score||2|
|25%||Both Teams to Score Games||25%|
|75%||Over 2.5 Goals||25%|
|25%||Under 2.5 Goals||75%|
- Manchester United couldn’t add to their clean sheet tally last week, but have still kept an impressive three clean sheets from four. Everton’s attack will have to drastically improve from last week if they want to break United’s defence.
- Wayne Rooney is currently Everton’s top scorer with two goals and he will be looking to score against his old club. The Toffees are without a goal in their last two league games however.
- Romelu Lukaku will also be facing his former team. He has four goals in as many league games and scored a debut Champions League goal on Tuesday night.
- Everton conceded three against Spurs last week but that was the first time they had featured in an over 2.5 goals game. United have scored at least two in all their matches so far, meaning Everton will do well to limit the goals.
Head to Head
|Last Five Competitive Meetings Between The Sides|
|Date||Game Result||Round||First Goal-scorer|
|04/04/2017||Everton 1 – 1 Manchester United||Premier League||Jagielka 22′|
|04/12/2016||Everton 1 – 1 Manchester United||Premier League||Ibrahimović 42′|
|23/04/2016||Everton 1 – 2 Manchester United||FA Cup||Fellaini 42′|
|03/04/2016||Manchester United 1 – 0 Everton||Premier League||Martial 54′|
|17/10/2015||Everton 0 – 3 Manchester United||Premier League||Schneiderlin 18′|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
United are favourites on paper and I see little reason not to back them to win here. Everton will be sluggish from their Europa League commitments and United will capitalize. While Paul Pogba will be missing, Ander Herrera is an able deputy, and United should be just as potent in attack. The bookies obviously fancy the Red Devils too, meaning prices aren’t particularly high.
You can get United to win at 2/5 at bet365. If you want to try squeeze out some more value, then i’d fancy combining the win with over 2.5 goals at 6/5.