Will Everton give United the blues?

Last updated: October 25, 2018 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 16:00
Venue: Old Trafford
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Form: LDWDL
Away Form: LLWWW
Last Meeting: Everton 0 – 2 Man United
Competition: EPL

Manchester United, who sit tenth in the Premier League table host eighth placed Everton at Old Trafford. The match will be an intriguing encounter between two sides that are fighting to keep their place in the top half of the table in a bid secure a European qualification slot. The Reds have tough fixtures looming in Juventus and Manchester City, while Everton are currently enjoying a three-match consecutive winning streak.

Manchester United welcome Everton in their second fixture this week. It comes after hosting Juventus midweek in a Cristiano Ronaldo themed homecoming in which they lost 1 – 0 at home through a Paulo Dybala goal. Premier League performances have been improving. They came from behind and almost snatched a win at Stamford Bridge against high flying Chelsea. Chelsea drew first blood from Willian’s corner kick with World Cup winner, Pogba, losing his man Rudiger to head in a free header in the 21st minute. United fought back two goals by Antony Martial in the second half to give them the advantage. Ross Barkley came from the bench to score an injury-time equaliser to send the Stamford Bridge into a frenzy and deny former manager Mourinho the three points. The fightback against Chelsea followed on from the epic comeback against Newcastle. In that game they were 2-0 down at home but put on a spectacular second half showing to win 3-2.

Everton are having a good start to the English Premier League and head into the Manchester United game on the back of three consecutive Premier League wins. They sit two places higher in the league than their opponents in eighth. Their previous league encounter against Crystal Palace was full of drama with lots of chances created by both sides, but neither seemed to find the back of the net. Super subs Calvert-Lewin and Tosun came off the bench to each score a goal in the 87’ and 89’ to win the game for Marco Silva. That result comes hot on the heels of the Toffees beating former Premier League champions Leicester City at Leicester’s ground. In that game which Everton won 2-1, Gylifi Sigurdsson scored the goal of the week with a splendid screamer from way out for the box for the winner. £40m man Richarlison had given Everton the lead before Ricardo Pereira restored parity for The Foxes. Everton are playing great football at the moment and Sigurdsson in particular has been impressive, playing behind Richarlison who starts as the team’s main striker. The two have a great partnership with eight goals between them with four each.

Team News

Man United have one win in the last five matches in all competitions coming to this fixture behind a UEFA Champions League loss to Juventus and a draw at the Stamford Bridge.

Romelu Lukaku hasn’t scored in the last eight matches in all competitions for United with the main threat coming from Martial in recent matches, scoring three goals in two games.

Sigurdsson (4) and Richarlison (4) are Everton’s top scorers so far this season and are on fine form.

Barcelona star Yerry Mina is back from injury but is yet to feature for his new side alongside Andre Gomes.

Expected Line-Ups:

Manchester United (4-3-3): De Gea, Young, Smalling, Lindeloef, Shaw, Matic, Mata, Pogba, Martial, Rashford, Lukaku
Subs: Romero, Bailly, Pereira, Young, Fred, Martial, McTominay
Injured: Rojo, Herrera, Lingard, Fellaini, Dalot
Doubtful: Valencia, Sanchez
Not available:
Everton (4-3-3): Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Digne, Gueye, Gomes, Bernard, Walcott, Sigurdsson, Richarlison
Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Niasse, Mina, Davies, lookman, Dowell, Calvert- Lewin
Injured: McCarthy, Jagielka
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Manchester United This Season Everton This Season
10th League Position 8th
4 (2) Wins (away) 4 (1)
2 – 0 v Burnley Biggest Win 3 – 0 v Fulham
3 (1) Draws (away) 3 (2)
0 – 3 Spurs Biggest Defeat 1 – 3 West Ham
Lukaku (4) Top Goal Scorer Sigurdsson (4) Richarlison (4)
Y18, R2 Discipline Y13, R2
1 Failures to Score 1
11.1% Clean Sheets 22.2%
55.6% Both Teams to Score Games 66.7%
77.8% Over 2.5 Goals 66.7%
22.2% Under 2.5 Goals 33.3%
  • Everton have managed two clean sheets while Man United have kept one so far this season. Despite United playing more defensively last season, they are having a hard time defending this time round. Even with world class goalkeeper in David De Gea between the goal post.
  • Both teams have scored fifteen goals with Lukaku, Sigurdsson, and Richarlison all scoring four goals for their teams.
  • In the 42 competitive matches in this fixture, Man United have won twenty six while Everton have won just six with the 10 matches ending in a draw.
  • A year ago, Everton were 18th in the table with 8 points. Now they are 8th with 15 points. United were 2nd with 14 points.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
01/01/2018 EPL Everton 0 – 2 Man United Martial 57’
17/09/2017 EPL Man United 4 – 0 Everton Valencia 4’
04/04/2017 EPL Man United 1 – 1 Everton Jagielka 22′
04/12/2016 EPL Everton 1 – 1 Man United Ibrahimović 42’
23/04/2016 FA Cup Everton 1 – 2 Man United Fellaini 34’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Mourinho’s team are normally great defensively but United are having a hard time defending this season, with just one clean sheet. Up front, Lukaku has had a long goalless drought but you always get the feeling that it will be like buses for the 25-year-old. Once one comes, several will come at the same time.

Richarlison and Sigurdsson have been in stunning form in front of goal for Everton, and the league position and current form will give Everton a sense of optimism for this trip.

We can’t see anything but goals here. If you are feeling brave and feel United will continue the comeback theme, then you can get 22/1 for Everton to be leading at half time but United win. Over 2.5 goals is the bet for us @ 10/11. BetVictor offer consistently good football odds.