Everton v Manchester United Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Everton v Manchester United

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Sunday, March 1, 2020


Goodison Park

Punter's Pick

Both sides are evenly matched and may end up cancelling each other out in a tight and scrappy match up – the draw at 9/4 with Betfair looks to be a sensible option, with the opportunity to cash out the longer the game goes all square.

Everton’s Richarlison has been in excellent form in recent weeks and his clever movement and power can unsettle an increasingly solid United back four – back the Brazilian to open the scoring at 11/2 with Bet365.

Five points and six league positions separate Everton and Manchester United, as the home side look to get back on track after a disappointing defensive display last weekend saw them slip to a 3-2 defeat away at Arsenal.

United finding form at the right time?

Back to back league wins since the winter break combined with a relatively easy passage through the Europa League against Club Brugge has suddenly sent a wave of optimism around Old Trafford with regards to a potential Champions League spot. With both a top four (or five finish depending on Manchester City’s Champions League ban outcome) and a Europa League victory offering a route back into the top tier of European football, it’s still all to play for despite the Red Devils taking a lot of criticism all season.

With a Manchester derby to follow this fixture, and intriguing fixtures against two sides in and around them in the league to come against Spurs and Sheffield United, the next couple of weeks could prove to be a defining period in what has often been a stop start season at Old Trafford.

Everton rue defensive lapses last weekend

A five game unbeaten run for the home side was brought to an unexpected end last weekend, as a series of defensive errors virtually gifted Arsenal all three points, this after Everton had taken the lead in the first minute. Manager Carlo Ancelotti will be concerned about his back four and goalkeeper, with his side struggling to keep clean sheets with any regularity – just one in their last nine games illustrating the point.

With a five point gap to Manchester United, Everton’s hope of a top four or five finish hinge on taking three points on Sunday – another defeat will surely condemn them to a fight for a Europa League spot at best.

Team News

Andre Gomes made a remarkable return to action against Arsenal after four months out with a horrific ankle injury and could come into contention to make the starting XI this time. Theo Walcott and Lucas Digne both missed that match with minor injuries and remain doubt, but Jean-Philippe Gbamin remains sidelined. Seamus Coleman could come into contention after a less than convincing performance from Djibril Sidibe at the Emirates.

Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford remain sidelined long-term for United, while this weekend’s game is likely to come too soon for defenders Axel Tuanzebe and Timothy Fosu-Mensah to have any meaningful impact on as they return from long-term injuries of their own.

Cagey affair could end all square

With neither team likely to over commit in a game both sides can ill afford to lose in the race for a top four or five spot, it could well end up becoming a cagey and somewhat of a tactical battle. United have tightened up considerably at the back in recent weeks, and will be content to try and pick Everton off on the break as they did successfully against Chelsea away from home a couple of weeks ago. Everton to their credit have not lost many at home this season and should do enough to earn a hard fought point.

Punter's Pick

Both sides are evenly matched and may end up cancelling each other out in a tight and scrappy match up – the draw at 9/4 with Betfair looks to be a sensible option, with the opportunity to cash out the longer the game goes all square.

Everton’s Richarlison has been in excellent form in recent weeks and his clever movement and power can unsettle an increasingly solid United back four – back the Brazilian to open the scoring at 11/2 with Bet365.

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