Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Everton host Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday, with the Toffees looking to dent the visitors chances of finishing inside the top four with a win at Goodison Park. Both clubs have struggled for consistency throughout the campaign, and with matches between the duo often being fiesty affairs, an entertaining encounter is expected on Merseyside. Ahead of kick-off, we will be taking a closer look at the fixture, which will include delivering betting tips for those considering backing their favourite between two of English football’s most historic clubs.
Everton saw their five-match unbeaten run come to an end against Arsenal last time out, with manager Carlo Ancelotti undoubtedly hoping for a big response from his side against United. The Toffees have scored an impressive 10 goals in their last four matches in the Premier League, with in-form striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin looking to add to his 12 top-flight goals so far this season. Midfielder Andre Gomes returned to action following a long-term injury at the Emirates, however the Porguguese international is once again likely to be named on the bench. As a result, Morgan Schneiderlin is likely to start against his former club, with Ancelotti having an almost fully-fit squad to select from.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will be hoping to continue their push for a place in the top four when they travel to Goodison Park, with a run of six clean sheets in their last six matches in all competitions having seen United move to within just three points of Chelsea, as well as qualify for the last 16 in the Europa League. Solskjaer will be sweating on the fitness of Anthony Martial, who missed United’s 5-0 win over Club Brugge on Thursday, with Odion Ighalo potentially making his first Premier League start for the Red Devils, having scored his first goal for the club in the Europa League. Should the Nigerian frontman start on Sunday, odds of 5.50 for the 30-year-old to score the first goal of the game from bookmaker William Hill could well be worth taking advantage of. January signing Bruno Fernandes is certain to start following his fine start to life at Old Trafford, however both Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba are still out.
Encounters between Everton and Manchester United have been known to produce a large number of goals, along with some major talking points. The Toffees famously dented United’s title hopes when they came back from 4-2 down to claim a famous draw at Old Trafford back in 2012, while more recently Everton recorded a convincing 4-0 victory on home soil just last season. United’s last win at Goodison Park came in a 2-0 success in January 2018, when Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard were on the scoresheet.
In fact, the last five games between the two clubs have seen a total of 15 goals being scored, which may well have an impact upon bets placed pre-match. There has also not been a goalless draw between the duo since back in 2004, with United’s run of clean sheets set to be put to the test this weekend. However, United have won 16 of their last 29 matches against Everton, while the Toffees have just seven wins to their name from such encounters. There has also been an average of 2.9 goals per game during this run of fixtures between the duo.
Based on their recent form and head-to-head record, our top betting tip for Sunday’s Premier League clash is to back both teams to score, with Everton and Manchester United having both been hot in front of goal over recent weeks. This market is available at best odds of 1.75 with bookmaker Ladbrokes ahead of kick-off, an appealing price given the number of goals that have been scored during recent fixtures between the two clubs. United have failed to score at Goodison Park just once in their last four visits, while Everton have found the back of the net in their last six outings coming into this weekend’s tie.