Manchester United v Everton Predictions and Betting Tips
April 03, 2017
Tuesday 4 April – Old Trafford – Premier League
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United host Everton at Old Trafford in one of the highlights of the Premier League’s midweek action. Recent meetings between the sides have been tight, so the betting could be on another close encounter on Tuesday evening.
These two North West rivals have played each other a whopping 175 times in the past. Manchester United hold the edge as they look for their 80th victory over the Toffees. Everton have more than held their own in recent years though. The teams drew at Goodison Park earlier in the season, with Leighton Baines’ late penalty cancelling out Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s opener. United meanwhile secured a narrow 1-0 win in this fixture last year.
After a recent spate of injuries to the likes of Paul Pogba, Wayne Rooney, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Marouane Fellaini, Mourinho welcomes back Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera after suspension. There will be changes in attack after Saturday’s game against West Brom, but options are quite limited at the back.
Everton have their own defensive nightmare to deal with after Seamus Coleman’s horrific leg break, while Ramiro Funes Mori could miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury he sustained playing for Argentina. James McCarthy is also struggling with a hamstring issue, while Morgan Schneiderlin should be fit to face his former club.
Manchester United v Everton Preview and Predictions
Although Manchester United and Arsenal have a couple of games in hand over Everton, this game is crucial to the Merseysiders’ push for a top six finish. With success in the Europa League by no means certain, Mourinho’s men face a tough task to secure a place in the top four and guarantee qualification for next season’s Champions League.
Another season out of Europe’s elite club competition would be a disaster for the Old Trafford club. Their run-in is tricky to say the least, so maximum points need to be taken at home. United are 6/10 favourites to do just that, but it’s the Reds’ form at Old Trafford though which has let them down badly so far this season. The odds are 10/3 for yet another draw as United stutter once again in front of their home fans.
Everton meanwhile look safe in seventh position, which this season means they’ll qualify for the Europa League. Finishing above a team like United or Arsenal though would be a huge boost for the club, especially as they bid to persuade Romelu Lukaku to sign a contract extension. At odds of 11/2, a win at Old Trafford would at least show signs of serious intent.
One goal winning margin at 8/5
Recent encounters between the two sides have been tight, and this one is likely to follow suit. Don’t expect either side to run out comfortable winners.
Both teams to score at evens
With Ibrahimovic and Lukaku leading the lines, and both teams struggling with injuries at the back, this looks like a fairly safe bet.