Premier League: Everton vs Manchester United preview


Manchester United are looking to bounce back from their Champions League disappointments with a victory on Sunday, when they visit Everton at Goodison Park. The Red Devils won the reverse fixture 2-1 in October, with goals from Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial. That was the third consecutive win for Manchester United against Everton, last season the Red Devils won 2-0 at Goodison Park and 4-0 at Old Trafford. Overall, Manchester United have won four of the last six direct meetings in all competitions, while Everton have not beaten the Red Devils since 2015, when they grabbed a 3-0 home victory.

Everton are in a very tight battle for seventh place in the Premier League table at the moment, they are tied on 46 points with Watford in ninth place while Leicester and Wolves are tied on 47 points in seventh spot. That spot could grant qualification for next season's Europa League, even though the campaign would start as early as the second preliminary round. Last week Everton lost 2-0 at already relegated Fulham, ending a good streak of three consecutive wins. Andre Gomes is suspended for this match, Morgan Schneiderlin is an injury doubt, while central defender Yerry Mina is unavailable due to an injury.

Manchester United crashed out of the UEFA Champions League this week as they got hammered 3-0 at Barcelona, and that was their third defeat in the last four matches in all competitions and their fourth consecutive away defeat. Last weekend they did manage to edge past West Ham in the Premier League, they grabbed a 2-1 victory thanks to two penalty kicks that were converted by Paul Pogba. That result left the Red Devils in sixth place, two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal with five games left in the season. Alexis Sanchez made his return from injury in this week's Champions League match, but Antonio Valencia and Eric Bailly remain out of contention. Luke Shaw is suspended for Sunday's match.

Probable line-ups:

Everton: Pickford - Digne, Zouma, Keane, Coleman - Gueye, Davies - Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Bernard - Calvert-Lewin

Man United: De Gea - Dalot, Smalling, Lindelof, Young - Fred, Matic, Pogba - Mata - Lukaku, Rashford

My prediction: 1-1 draw, Manchester United are low on confidence but Everton are quite unreliable considering last week's result at Fulham.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Everton win - 3.10
Draw - 3.50
Man United win - 2.20

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