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Manchester United vs. Everton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
12 December 2019
Sunday 15 December
Old Trafford - Premier League
Two teams who couldn’t buy a win not too long ago come into this game with renewed confidence as Manchester United host Everton on Sunday afternoon. The Red Devils have recorded impressive back-to-back victories to rise to fifth in the Premier League table, while the Toffees also climbed up the standings and out of the relegation zone at the weekend.
Everton bounced back from a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford last season to thrash United 4-0 back at Goodison Park later in the campaign. That victory ended a run of three straight losses for the Toffees in this fixture, with a pair of 1-1 draws preceding that. United have won six of the last 10 meetings between the clubs, with Everton winning two - the first and last of that run.
Paul Pogba is back in training and expected to return for Manchester United before Christmas, although the Frenchman remains a doubt this weekend. Fellow midfielder Nemanja Matic is also a doubt, while defenders Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Diogo Dalot are all expected to miss out.
Everton also have a number of defenders on the treatment table, with full-backs Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne both doubts, along with Yerry Mina. This game could come too soon for Fabian Delph, with Jean-Philippe Gbamin also out for the away team.
Manchester United vs. Everton Preview and Predictions
Duncan Ferguson got off to a roaring start as Everton’s interim manager last weekend, with the Scot no doubt having an eye on emulating the man in the opposing dugout this weekend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Norwegian is enjoying his best spell as Manchester United boss since taking over on a permanent basis, with the hosts looking to make it three Premier League victories on the bounce on Sunday.
While beating Tottenham and former United manager Jose Mourinho over the midweek round of fixtures last week was encouraging, it was nothing like the result Solskjaer celebrated on Saturday evening. United were unexpectedly excellent as they beat local rivals Manchester City 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium, putting in a display full of attacking intent.
United’s pace on the break could cause their visitors some real problems this weekend, especially if both of their first-choice full-back miss out. Under Ferguson though, we can expect Everton to put in a lively display of their own, led from the front by Dominic Calvert-Lewin who was excellent as the Toffees beat Chelsea 3-1 on Saturday afternoon.
Should the away team stick to the 4-4-2 that served them so well last time out, Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison ought to give United centre-backs Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof a tough afternoon. If the visitors can win that particular duel and prevent United’s lightning counter-attacks then they could prove excellent value at 4.80 for the win. United are the favourites at 1.80 though, with the draw at 3.65.
Both teams to score at 1.71
Both teams were excellent going forward at the weekend, while this bet would’ve paid out in each of United’s last five Premier League fixtures, and five of Everton’s last six.
Manchester United to win 2-1 at 9.00
United have won each of their last two Premier League games 2-1, and that was also the scoreline when the Reds beat Everton in last season’s corresponding fixture.