Premier League preview: Everton v Manchester United
Wayne Rooney will be the centre of attention in today’s lunchtime kick-off at Goodison Park, as he returns to face the side he chose to leave in 2004.
On the football field at least it has been a hugely satisfactory week for the Scouser, who was involved in all four of England’s goal in their humbling of Bulgaria at Wembley.
And he managed to get on the scoresheet on Tuesday evening in Basle as England overcame Switzerland in what will surely be one of their toughest Euro 2012 qualifying games.
But Saturday’s Premier League encounter on Merseyside is expected to be a very different task, with home supporters sure to give the striker a hot reception.
And if the 2009/10 season is anything to go by, Sir Alex Ferguson’s men are in for a tough match.
David Moyes’ men managed to come from behind to record a sensational 3-1 victory, and the Toffees are in desperate need of three points after another poor start to the league campaign.
United themselves have already given current Premier League holders Chelsea a slight head start, with the Blues recording three straight wins and the Red Devils slipping up in a 2-2 draw away to Fulham.
In terms of best value betting, the money is following that man Rooney.
He is 22/1 with bookmaker Paddy Power to get sent off first in what is expected to be a pressure cooker of an atmosphere.
The game is live on Sky Sports 2 with kick-off at 12.45pm.
Odds correct at time of writing and are subject to change