Premier League: Everton vs Manchester United preview


Two teams struggling to find consistency meet at Goodison Park on Sunday as Ronald Koeman's Everton take on Jose Mourinho's Manchester United. Last season, when both teams had different managers, Manchester United won all three direct meetings, both league matches plus the FA Cup semi-final. The Red Devils have won four of the last five competitive fixtures against the Toffees, but this summer's friendly match between the two teams ended goalless.

Everton are still in a pretty good position in the Premier League table, they are seventh and sit just one point and one place below Manchester United. But that's mostly thanks to their early-season form, now they only managed to win one of their last eight league matches and lost four of those. Last weekend manager Ronald Koeman lost 1-0 at Southampton, his former team, making it three league games in which Everton have scored just one goal. Muhamed Besic and Matthew Pennington will surely miss out through injury, while Arouna Kone will probably face a late fitness test.

Manchester United can't seem to produce a string of good performances lately, they always alternate good games with disappointing ones. Last weekend they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by West Ham, but a few days later they hammered the same opponents 4-1 in the League Cup. The Red Devils have been unable to record back-to-back victories since September, so if that trend continues they won't beat Everton on Sunday. They do have the advantage of Jose Mourinho's return to the dugout after a touchline ban, but Wayne Rooney is suspended and will miss out along with injured Chris Smalling.

Probable line-ups:

Everton: Stekelenburg - Coleman, Jagielka, Williams, Baines - Gueye, Barry - Lennon, Barkley, Bolasie - Lukaku

Man United: De Gea - Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Blind - Herrera, Carrick - Mkhitaryan, Pogba, Martial - Ibrahimovic

My prediction: 1-1 draw.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Everton win - 3.40
Draw - 3.40
Man United win - 2.10

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Members Comments

  • Bulgaria sharpe

    14/12/16

    This was one poor match, both teams didn't played well enough.
    Rojo should it been sent off first half for a poor two feet tackle against Everon player but he was lucky.
    United performances were quite better before that game but that was disappointing one and because of that I think it was not a surprise that the home team manage to equalize in the end despite they didn't play too well themselves.

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