Manchester United are back in the big time, and after resounding victories in their latest couple of games, Everton could be running into a brick wall on Sunday.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Sunday 1st, March
Venue: Goodison Park
TV Channel: Sky Sports
Everton got a reality check of some sorts when they went down 3-2 at Arsenal last Sunday, a result which came off the back of a five-game unbeaten run in the Premier League as Carlo Ancelotti’s side threatened to gate-crash an European competition slot.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison both got on the scoresheet in North London, but the goals ultimately proved too little. The Tofees are unbeaten here since the Italian took over the reigns however, winning four of their last six league games at the Goodison Park.
Manchester United continued their scintillating form of recent, putting five past Europa League opponents Club Brugge on Thursday, and thus safely negotiating their place to the next round of the competition.
The Red Devils will not have fond memories of their last trip to this ground, with Gylfi Siggurdson, Lucas Digne, Richarlison and Theo Walcott all scoring on the day to condemn them to a comprehensive 4-0 defeat.
By and large, this represents a massive test of Manchester United’s aspirations, and how well they fare here could prove pivotal in defining their chances of beating Chelsea to fourth place.
Lucas Digne missed the loss to Arsenal with a muscle injury. Alongside Theo Walcott, he is back in contention to play some part here.
Jean Phillip-Gbamin is still out.
Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Timothy Fosu-Mensah will miss this game.
Anthony Martial is a doubt after pulling up in training this week.
Head to Head
After 200 previous competitive meetings, Manchester United have 88 wins to Everton’s 67. 45 games have been drawn.
Everton have scored at least twice in their last four league games.
Manchester United are unbeaten in 10 of their last 11 games versus Everton in all competitions.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Manchester United’s last five away games in the Premier League.
Everton suffered their second league loss this year last time out, having won the two prior to the defeat. Everton’s last five league games (DDWWL)
Manchester United are now unbeaten in their last seven in all competitions after the rout of Brugge, winning five of those games. United’s last five league games (LLDWW)
This game should be a really entertaining one, which could see a lot of goalmouth actions. Both sides have a lot of exciting attacking options capable of ensuring this game lives up to billing and it wouldn’t be a surprise they both get on the scoresheet. Should that play out, it is prized 4/5.
Another option worth exploring is the over 2.5 goals market, which is likely to come into play if the two sides go hell for leather here. It is 11/10 for odds.