Manchester United v Everton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 15, 2017
Old Trafford - Premier League
After some very different fortunes in Europe during the week, it’s back to Premier League business for Manchester United and Everton on Sunday. With a dressing down against Atalanta still fresh in the mind, a trip to Old Trafford’s far from ideal for Ronald Koeman’s side.
Last season’s Premier League meetings between the two teams both ended in 1-1 draws. A late Leighton Baines goal rescued a point for the Toffees in the first game, while a last gasp penalty from Zlatan Ibrahimovic secured a point for United in the return fixture. The Reds won the three games prior to the pair of draws, including an FA Cup semi final at Wembley.
Paul Pogba pulled a hamstring in Tuesday’s Champions League game against Basel, and is expected to miss between four and six weeks. It’s a blow for Jose Mourinho, but the United boss could bring Ander Herrera back into the fold after a reported falling out towards the end of last season.
Two big players will face their former clubs, with Romelu Lukaku leading the line for United and Wayne Rooney set to start for Everton. Rooney, along with another former Red Morgan Schneiderlin, was taken off with 25 minutes to go against Atalanta in the hope of keeping him fresh for his return to Old Trafford.
Manchester United v Everton Preview and Predictions
Both clubs splashed the cash over the summer and were expected to challenge for the top four this season, but Everton have a real point to prove on Sunday after an underwhelming start to the season.
United were in great form before the hiccup at Stoke last weekend, and are looking to get back to winning ways. A comfortable home game against Basle eased them back into Champions League football, giving them an extra 48 hours to prepare for this one. With 10 goals in eight games for club and country this season, former Toffee Lukaku will pose a real threat and could take advantage of tired legs later on.
The hosts start as 4/11 favourites in the betting, while Everton are available at 11/1. The odds on an away win are very long, and at this price a bet on the upset looks pretty tempting. There’s still plenty of quality in the Merseysiders’ squad, but the issue’s going to be finding the back of the net after just two goals in their opening four Premier League games. If you think the Toffees can come away with a draw, the bookmakers have it at 22/5.
Lukaku to score and United to win at 20/21
The big Belgian has taken to life at Old Trafford like a duck to water, and is United’s main goal threat. This bet’s a great way to improve your odds on a home win.
Rooney to score and Everton to win 1-0 at 125/1
Surely he couldn’t, could he? The bookies don’t think it’s very likely, but what a story it’d be if Rooney bagged the only goal of the game.