Everton vs Manchester United recommended bets
Everton vs Manchester United match preview
For most fanbases, the international break brings with it some much-needed rest-bite and time off.
Well, that’s certainly not be the case this week if you’re an Evertonian.
Last Friday, Everton were deduced ten points by the Premier League, the biggest point-penalty in English top-flight history, for breaching the competition’s Profit and Sustainability rules. Read more.
This is subject to appeal but, for now, Sean Dyche’s team have plummeted from 14th to 19th, thereby sat in the relegation zone, above only Burnley.
In terms of actual results though, the Toffees are in terrific form, winning four of their last seven, most-recently leaving Selhurst Park 3-2 winners a fortnight ago.
Vitaliy Mykolenko, Abdoulaye Doucouré and Idrissa Gana Gueye all on target as the Blues made it three successive victories in London, having previously won at Brentford and West Ham.
Everton’s only home win of the campaign, to date, was against Bournemouth, but safe to say Goodison will be absolutely rocking for this one, so can a furious, fervent home support roar their team onto three points?
Given that, Manchester United might just be the perfect opponents although, on paper at least, they are the league’s form team.
Erik ten Hag’s team have actually won four of their last five Premier League games, no I couldn’t quite believe that either, with Victor Lindelöf the only scorer against Luton at Old Trafford 15 days ago.
However, this doesn’t begin to tell the story.
All seven of Man United’s wins have been by a solitary goal, beating Wolves, Forest, Burnley, Brentford, Sheffield United, Fulham and Luton, which isn’t exactly an illustrious list.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils have already lost five league matches, their most at this stage for over 50 years, while they’re rock bottom of their Champions League group, having lost three out of four.
If they are beaten again on Wednesday, facing Galatasaray in İstanbul, they’ll be eliminated with a game to go.
Ahead of this one, Manchester United did beat Everton three times last season, but have not won back-to-back league visits to Goodison since 2007; Nemanja Vidić the match-winner back then.
All the narrative points towards a home win on Merseyside does it not?
Everton team news
Sean Dyche is likely to name un unchanged line-up for the third game in a row, featuring Ashley Young, who will face the side for whom he made over 260 appearances.
In attack, Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored twice in his career against Man United, so can he add to that tally?
Jarrad Branthwaite is one yellow card away from a ban.
Predicted XI (4-5-1): Pickford; Young, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko; Onana, Garner, Doucouré, Harrison, McNeil; Calvert-Lewin.
Manchester United team news
The visitors are without Lisandro Martínez, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Jonny Evans, Tyrell Malacia and Casemiro
Meanwhile, Christian Eriksen and Rasmus Højlund are both doubts, having pulled out of the Denmark squad.
Despite being fit, Raphaël Varane has only started one Premier League game since August, so will he displace either Harry Maguire or Victor Lindelöf at the heart of defence?
Erik ten Hag confirmed that Luke Shaw will be in the squad, hoping to feature for the first time since 19 August.
Marcus Rashford has never scored in seven appearance at Goodison, so can he change that fact?
Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Onana; Dalot, Maguire, Lindelöf, Reguilón; Amrabat, McTominay, Fernandes, Rashford, Garnacho, Højlund.