Everton host Manchester United in the Premier League in an early Saturday fixture. The stakes could not be higher, with both teams looking to get back to the winning ways and kickstart their top-four charge this season.
Manchester United come into the match in a peculiar form. The Red Devils have won just 1 out of their 5 home games in all competitions this season and picked up only 1 point from their 4 Premier League home games. Their last home match ended in a record-breaking win for Arsenal at Old Trafford. But on the road, it’s a different story.
Manchester United have won 5 out of their 6 away games in all competitions since the start of the season, with the only exception being the 1-2 Champions League group stage loss to Istanbul Basaksehir earlier this week. That loss meant that the 20-time English top-flight champions have lost their last two matches in all competitions.
Manchester United’s 36 wins against Everton in the Premier League is a league record for most wins for any team against any opposition. 16 of those 36 wins have come at Goodison Park; another league record that the Red Devils hold to their name.
Everton, on the other hand, have suffered a major slump in their form. The Toffees started this season with 8 consecutive wins in all competitions, but have not won in any of their last 3 matches. This includes two shock away defeats to Newcastle United and Southampton in the League.
Everton now sit 4th in the league, which is a disappointing decline considering they were top of the table at the end of gameweek 5.
Team Form and Head-to-Head Record:
Everton’s record vs. Manchester United Head-to-Head (Last 6 matches): L-L-L-W-D-D
Manchester United form (all competitions): W-W-D-W-L-L
Everton form (all competitions): W-W-W-D-L-L
Team News and Injury Update:
Manchester United will be without defenders Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, and midfielder Jesse Lingard, while Victor Lindelof‘s back injury makes him doubtful for selection. New signing Alex Telles is also expected to be out of contention due to testing positive for Covid-19 last week.
In positive news for United, Mason Greenwood is expected to feature alongside Anthony Martial, as the Frenchmen returns from a 3-game suspension.
For Everton, full-backs Benjamin Godfrey and Seamus Coleman will be doubtful for the match due to hamstring problems, alongside Portuguese playmaker Andre Gomes. Ivorian midfielder Jean-Phillipe Gbamin and young English defender Mason Holgate remain sidelined till the end of the month.
Returning to the Everton team will be Jordan Pickford, with Ancelotti confirming that the Englishman will replace Robin Olsen in goal. Lucas Digne will return to the lineup after the French left-back’s suspension was reduced from 3 matches to 1.
Meanwhile, Brazilian striker Richarlison will serve the last of his 3 match ban after he was shown a red card in the Merseyside derby. Colombian creative playmaker James Rodriguez is also expected to be back after missing the away defeat to Newcastle United.
Predicted Lineup and Match Prediction:
Manchester United predicted starting lineup (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Aaron wan Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Scott Mctominay, Nemanja Matic; Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashord; Mason Greenwood
Everton predicted starting lineup (4-3-2-1): Jordan Pickford; Jonjoe Kenny, Yerry Mina, Michael Keane, Lucas Digne; Abdoulaye Doucoure, Allan, Gylfi Sigurdsson; James Rodriguez, Alex Iwobi; Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Football Express prediction: In high profile encounters like this, form-book goes out of the window. With both teams evenly balanced, Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer and Carlo Ancelotti would both be targeting maximum points. The game will be down to fine margins and we believe Manchester United’s defence will cancel out Everton’s attack and keep a clean sheet, resulting in a 0-1 win for Manchester United.
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