Premier League’s new year will end with the high-voltage fixture of Everton vs Manchester United. In the reverse fixture, Jose Mourinho’s side thrashed Everton 4-0, but this time, it might not be an easy task for the Red Devils.
United come to this clash following three back to back draws against Leicester City, Burnley and Southampton. This has been a terrible run by the in-form team, and as a consequence, Chelsea managed to leapfrog them in the table. Mourinho’s team are third in the league at the moment, 15 points behind the leaders Manchester City. It goes without saying that they will desperately need a win in this game at Goodison Park.
The hosts, on the other hand, are also struggling for the last few matches. After two goalless draws against Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion, they lost their last outing against Bournemouth. Everton are at the ninth spot in the table, and they will also look forward to three points from this fixture.
Everton vs Manchester United – Team news:
The home team will miss some of their old faithfuls Leighton Baines, Seamus Coleman, Ramiro Funes Mori and Ross Barkley. The last three, in fact, have not been able to play any part so far in this season. Rest of the team will be available for Sam Allardyce. Former United captain Wayne Rooney might start this game ahead of James McCarthy while Oumar Niasse can also get the nod ahead of Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Here is our predicted Everton eleven for the clash.
Mourinho, on the other hand, has a lot of injury worries. Three of his most important defenders, Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling are out of this clash. Romelu Lukaku also got a head injury in the last match and had to be stretchered off. Marcus Rashford is expected to start in his place. Anthony Martial should also be in the first eleven ahead of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, while the rest of the team might remain the same.
Key players: Everton will be depending on the skills of Rooney and Sigurdsson to provide the necessary breakthrough. On the other hand, Rashford will have to deliver for United. Also, as always, De Gea will hold the key to success for Manchester United.
Everton vs Manchester United – Prediction:
Considering the recent performances, it is hard to predict. Yet, we think it will end up in a victory for the visitors and our prediction is a 2-1 in in favour of them.
Recent form (latest first):
Manchester United: D-D-D-W-W
Everton vs Manchester United – Betting odds:
Everton win: 17/4
Manchester United win: 3/4
Everton vs Manchester United – TV guide:
The match will kick off at 5:30pm local time (12:30pm Eastern, 11:30am Central, 11pm IST). In India, it will be telecast live on Star Sports Select HD1. Sky Sports 1 and NBCSN will broadcast the game in the UK and in the USA, respectively. For live streaming links, please send us a message to our official Facebook page.
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