Manchester United v Everton Betting Tips & Predictions - Saturday 14th December 2019

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By losing to already relegated Fulham last week, Everton passed up the opportunity to move into the top seven after a good run of results. Hopes of securing what might be the final Europa League spot are not over but it’s certainly an uphill battle now, although the Toffees were helped by defeats for their three main rivals. Failure to achieve a top seven finish will be a major disappointment for Marco Silva as his widely criticized predecessor, Sam Allardyce, did at least manage to guide the Toffees to eighth last season.

The home outfit aren’t the only ones with plenty to play for this weekend though. Manchester United suffered Champions League elimination on Tuesday and they are in serious danger of missing out on next year’s competition all together as their league revival has stuttered badly over the last few weeks. Sitting in sixth place coming into this match, the Red Devils have plenty work to do if they are to make their way into the top four. Both teams have much to play for and we should be in for a cracker on Easter Sunday at Goodison.

Top Tips

Everton to win or draw @ 8/11

Under 2.5 goals @ 10/11

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Everton News: Gomes slapped with suspension

Everton Goodison Park
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It is unclear what Everton’s chances of signing Andre Gomes on a permanent deal are but Silva has previously commented that he’s keen to make it happen. If Barcelona are unwilling to sell, Everton fans will only see the Portuguese midfielder, at most, one more time, after he was handed a three-match ban for violent conduct. The incident occurred during the defeat to Fulham as a frustrated Gomes stamped on Aleksandar Mitrovic. Missed by the referee Lee Probert at the time, the FA opted to take action, swiftly suspending Everton’s skilful midfielder until the final day of the season.

Gomes was brilliant early in the season and looked to back to his best in recent weeks. There is no doubt that Everton will miss him and his calm, composed and creative presence would have been a great asset against the Red Devils.

Seventh Place up for Grabs

Much as the Toffees will have been hugely disappointed to have lost against Fulham last time out, they didn’t really lose ground in the battle for seventh because Leicester lost at home to Newcastle, Watford were beaten by Arsenal and Wolves were dispatched 3-1 by Southampton. As things stand the Foxes and Wolves have 47 points with the Toffees and Hornets on 46, though Everton and Leicester have both played a game more than the other two sides in the mix.

Toffees to Excel in Sticky Fixtures?

Everton’s result against Fulham was a strange one as prior to that they had been on an excellent run. They appeared to have a tricky run of fixtures before the trip to relegated Fulham but came through the hard-on-paper games with flying colours. From a sequence of Chelsea, West Ham away, Arsenal, Fulham and then Man United, the clash with the Cottagers would have been the one fans were most optimistic about.

However, amazingly the Toffees beat all three London sides without conceding a single goal. That was surely better than even the most optimistic of fans could have hoped for and those optimists will now be thinking that back against tough opponents here their team can return to winning ways in front of a hostile home crowd.

Manchester United News: Red Devils suffer record-breaking loss

Manchester United Old Trafford Stadium
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Although there is little shame in being swept aside by a star-studded Barcelona team at the Nou Camp, being so easily beaten in Europe is not something United are familiar with. The 4-0 aggregate loss was their heaviest ever in the knockout stages of a continental tournament, beating the record set in the 1957-58 European Cup when losing to Milan 5-2. For the early part of his United reign Ole Gunnar Solskjaer couldn’t stop breaking all the right records but for the first time, his entry into the history books is not a welcome one.

Injured Herrera on his way out?

As things stand, Ander Herrera will become a free agent in the summer, free to join any club who wants his services. His recent absence hasn’t been caused by his refusal to pen a new deal although Solskjaer did suggest that the worry it’s causing has somehow exacerbated the thigh problem. The Manchester United boss remains optimistic of striking a deal but Herrera has so far given little indication of this being the case. In a recent radio interview the Spanish international stated that he and the club are “not thinking alike”.

United Seek to Bounce Back

The visitors will be desperate to put Barcelona behind them here and the manager will make it clear that they must now commit 100% to the league. They are two points adrift of Arsenal in fourth place but with games against Man City and Chelsea after this, Everton looks like a must win clash.

They host City just three days after this one and a win would be the perfect way to warm up for such a huge battle. They will be smarting after their lesson in the Nou Camp but do they have the character and belief to press on and secure a top four spot?

Analysis: United looking increasingly laboured

United began brightly against Barcelona in midweek but seeing them play with such a spark has been a real rarity in recent weeks. You only have to turn to matches against Wolves, West Ham and Watford to see the top four hopefuls play with a distinct lack of cutting edge. Although on two occasions they were able to grab all three points, against the Hammers even Solskjaer admitted his side ‘got away with one’, but they might not be so fortunate here.

Toffees can bounce back

It’s hard to pick out many positives from Everton’s performance at Craven Cottage last week. Outfought for much of the match, Silva’s men never really looked like taking charge of proceedings and were deservedly beaten by a side that, in theory at least, had nothing to play for.

It’s important to bear in mind though that the Merseysiders have long been patchy on their travels but at home they are beginning to show more consistency. The last three matches at Goodison Park have seen Everton take on Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal yet they’ve been able to amass an impressive seven points. Having performed so well against top six opposition at home recently, there’s every reason to think they can avoid defeat (8/11) against an underperforming United side that must be a little short on confidence.

Goals off the menu

Each of Everton’s last four home matches has been against top six opposition and each time we’ve seen under 2.5 goals (10/11). A set piece goal proved their undoing against Manchester City but since then Silva’s men have looked more solid at the back, even when the 36-year-old Phil Jagielka enjoyed a rare call-up.

The club captain and veteran defender marked the occasion with a goal against Arsenal during a 1-0 win, the first time since January that the Gunners failed to score past English opposition. Given that United have only netted five non-penalty goals in their last seven matches, it’s easy to see them also being unable to break down this Toffees backline.

Recent Matches

Recent history favours Manchester United in this fixture with the Red Devils unbeaten in their last eight tests with Everton. It wasn’t long ago that they used to struggle at Goodison Park though. Between 2012 and 2015, all three visits to Everton’s home ended in defeat for the former English champions.

28th October 2018: Manchester United 2 – 1 Everton

A liberated Paul Pogba touched the ball and made more passes than anyone else on the pitch during an eventful display. It was the Frenchman who opened the scoring too although his goal, a rebound from a saved penalty, was hardly one to savour. The scorer then turned provider as he found compatriot Anthony Martial who curled in a wonderful effort from the edge of the box. Despite all his positive involvement, it was Pogba’s sloppy pass that led to Everton getting a late penalty, although it proved to be nothing more than a consolation.

1st January 2018: Everton 0 – 2 Manchester United

Back on New Year’s Day 2018, Man Utd left Goodison Park with all three points. It was a relatively even game in the first 45 minutes, but United kicked on in the second period to take all three points back to Manchester. Anthony Martial gave the Red Devils the lead 12 minutes after half time, with Jesse Lingard doubling United’s advantage with nine to go. The away side were worthy winners in the end.

17th September 2017: Manchester United 4 – 0 Everton

Man Utd put on a dominant display when Everton made this trip to Old Trafford. The hosts were quick out of the blocks, with Antonio Valencia’s thunderbolt strike giving them the lead after just four minutes. United had to wait until the 83rd minute for their next, with two goals quickly following after. In the last seven minutes, strikes by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial completed the rout.

4th April 2017: Manchester United 1 – 1 Everton

Back in April 2017, the two sides played out a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. A first half Phil Jagielka goal gave Everton a 22nd minute lead, which they held until injury time. Ashley Williams was sent off and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored from the spot to rescue a point for the Red Devils right at the death. The reverse match at Goodison that season also ended in a 1-1 stalemate, with Leighton Baines and Ibrahimovic on the scoresheet.

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