Best Odds: 9/4
The Premier League is back in our lives in the wake of another series of entertaining games in the Champions League and Europa League during the week. The two teams we’re going to be taking a look at today will both fancy their chances at playing European football next season, as Everton prepare to host Manchester United on Merseyside. It’s a battle of experience vs new blood as Carlo Ancelotti attempts to overcome Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s in-form side.
Everton may not be one of the frontrunners to claim a place in the Europa League, but they certainly aren’t going to be one of the contenders for relegation now that Ancelotti has been able to steady the ship. They’ve got a few key match winners within their ranks and if they are able to add to that during the summer transfer window, they could be onto something big next season. For now, though, it’s all about throwing everything they’ve got at the remainder of the season and seeing what sticks.
Gbamin and Schneiderlin have both been ruled out through injury, whereas Digne is expected to return following a muscle injury with Walcott being a doubt. Gomes is expected to start whereas Holgate and Keane will battle for a place in the starting XI.
It’s been a difficult season up to this point for Manchester United, but now, they appear to be in a real position of strength as we look ahead to the next few months. They’re still in the mix in the FA Cup and Europa League, and there’s an argument to be made that they are one of the favourites to claim a spot in the Champions League courtesy of their Premier League form. Things finally seem to be coming together at Old Trafford, but as we know, they’ve had a few red herrings before.
Pogba, Rashford and Fosu-Mensah have been ruled out through injury whereas Greenwood is expected to come into the starting line-up. Martial picked up a thigh injury against Club Brugge and isn’t expected to return for this one.
Factors to Consider
- In their last meeting back in December, Everton and Manchester United drew 1-1.
- Everton have won three, drawn two and lost one of their last six games.
- Manchester United have won four and drawn two of their last six games.
- Everton have scored 12 goals and conceded nine in their last six games.
- Manchester United have scored 12 goals and conceded one in their last six games.
Everton will probably dominate the aerial battle but when it comes to what actually transpires on the pitch, we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see them allow their erratic nature on the ball to hinder them. United haven’t conceded many as of late as they continue to improve from a defensive point of view, and given the run of form they’re on, you would think they’d be nailed on for the win here. However, we just can’t picture a scenario in which either team gets on the scoresheet at Goodison Park.
Best Odds: 9/4
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