Competition: Premier League – Everton vs. Manchester United
Venue: Goodison Park – Sunday, April 26th – 13:30 BST (08:30 ET)
Match Odds: Everton 12/5 – Draw 23/10 – Manchester United 23/20
Roberto Martinez’s side have had a disappointing season and the distraction of the Europa League hasn’t helped them. Sitting 12th is not where he would have expected his side to be this late on in the season and it looks more than likely they will finish in the middle of the table.
Everton have put together a great run of form in their last five games, winning four a drawing one – form we are more used to seeing from the Toffees, but it has come a little too late in the season.Embed from Getty Images
This weekend’s game is probably their toughest remaining fixture and if they can finish their final five games unbeaten it will fill the squad and the fans with confidence ahead of next year.
The reverse fixture saw United narrowly come out on top, winning 2-1 at Old Trafford, and we can expect another tough matchup in this one.
Louis Van Gaal’s side can consider themselves unlucky to have lost last weekend to the league leaders, Chelsea, after United had won six on the bounce prior to that game.
Manchester United have hit some impressive form of late and have shown their capabilities of climbing back into a more familiar league position, and look like they are going to be a force next season.Embed from Getty Images
The Red Devils will be filled with confidence having all but secured Champions League football for the next campaign, barring a disaster, and they will be expecting to win this one.
Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini have been in superb form of late and they will be looking to continue to impress, with the Belgian midfielder returning to his former side once again.
Wayne Rooney also returns to his boyhood club. The Manchester United captain has led by example this season and will be striving to net against Everton once again.
Everton have five injury concerns as James McCarthy, Leon Osman, Darren Gibson, Bryan Oviedo and Tony Hibbert are set to miss out. Roberto Martinez will be hoping his Everton side can continue their good form and remind everyone what they are about. Romelu Lukaku will once again be under the spotlight, hoping to prove he can produce in the big games.
Manchester United’s injury woes continue as they have six key absentees. Adnan Januzaj, Rafael, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Daley Blind and Michael Carrick are set to be sidelined. Van Gaal opted to start Radamel Falcao last weekend and he was unlucky not to score after hitting the post, so the Colombian could be in line for another start.
Everton’s last five: W/W/W/D/W
Manchester United’s last five: W/W/W/W/L
Key Stat: Everton have won the last two meetings between the sides at Goodison Park.
Key Player: David de Gea – United’s last line of defence has been in incredible form this season and he can show once again why he is a nominee for the PFA Player of the Year award this weekend.
Everton 1-3 Manchester United – United to get back to winning ways and prove to be too much for Everton despite their injury problems.