Man United vs EvertonJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Manchester United host Everton on Sunday and Louis van Gaal’s side will be hoping to register a second consecutive victory as they aim to get their season back on track. Here are my thoughts on what you can expect, as well as my betting tips so you can get in on the action.
It’s hard to believe it was just over a year ago that United last won the Premier League. When you consider that they’ve struggled to chalk together just two wins so far this season, that seems like an awfully long time ago. Their second win came last weekend against West Ham when they managed to scrape a 2-1 victory despite Wayne Rooney suffering the indignity of a red card.
Everton have also been putting on a poor show so far this season and haven’t been able to deliver a win in their last four games. They’ll be approaching Sunday’s game after a difficult 1-1 draw against Krasnodar in the Europa League. Will the strains of playing a midweek game on the continent affect their performance against United?
History is certainly not on the side of the hosts as United have only beaten Everton on one occasion in their last five meetings. Louis Van Gaal will be breaking a pattern if his side can defeat the Toffees, as both Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes lost their first meetings with Everton.
United will be without suspended captain Wayne Rooney as he serves his three match ban, whilst Ander Herrara’s fractured rib rules him out of the game.
Further injury woes for van Gaal include Ashley Young (groin) and defenders Chris Smalling (hip) and Jonny Evans (ankle).
Midfielder Michael Carrick could be making a comeback against Everton but Phil Jones and Marouane remain doubtful.
For Everton, Martinez might well be making changes to his line-up with Seamus Coleman, Steven Pienaar and Sylvain Distin looking fit enough to return from injury.
Everton remain without Kevin Mirallas and Ross Barkley, whilst James McCarthy looks an unlikely choice for the trip to Old Trafford due to a hamstring problem.
Carl Calls It
Everton have had a few flashes of brilliance this season but overall have been playing well below their usual standard. Man United, despite their bad press in recent weeks, are still well within the top half of the table.
United have also won more games than Everton and will approach this weekend’s clash more refreshed than the Toffees having had no midweek games to contend with.
I’ll be betting on United to take the three points but Everton won’t go down without a fight. My money’s on Manchester to triumph 3-1, which will return £120 for a £10 bet at Paddy Power.