Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs Manchester United

Competition: Premier League – Everton vs. Manchester United

Venue: Goodison Park – Sunday, December 4 – 16:00 GMT (11:00 ET) 

Match Odds: Everton 13/5 – Draw 12/5 – Man United 21/20

Match Preview

Everton welcome Manchester United to Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon in what is a hugely important game for two sides struggling form as we head towards the busy Christmas period.

Everton are winless in three and fell 1-0 at Southampton last weekend. They remain seventh and just one point behind United, so this is a big game for the home fans as they look to get back on track.

Ronald Koeman needs to get his side playing better football if they are to challenge for European football and Sunday offers them a great chance to prove their worth.

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United aren’t in much better form and find themselves 11 points behind league leaders Chelsea going into the weekend.

They were held to a 1-1 draw at home to West Ham last weekend but did beat the Hammers 4-1 in the EFL Cup on Wednesday evening to lift spirits.

United won their last away game at Swansea and would be delighted if they can leave Goodison Park with all three points for the second-straight season.

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The Red Devils beat Everton 3-0 in the corresponding fixture last year before completing a double over the Toffees with a 1-0 win at Old Trafford in April.

These two sides also met in the FA Cup semifinal back in May, with United coming out 2-1 victors on their way to lifting the trophy.

Team News

Everton remain without Muhamed Besic and Matthew Pennington. Tyias Browning and Arouna Kone are doubts, while James McCarthy is in contention to start after returning to training in the week.

Manchester United remain without Chris Smalling, who is still out with a broken toe, while Eric Bailly will miss out again despite returning to training. Wayne Rooney will miss the game at his former club as he is suspended. Luke Shaw is a doubt after picking up a knock in the EFL Cup win over West Ham on Wednesday.

Key Points

Everton’s last five: L/W/L/D/L

Man United’s last five: L/D/W/D/D

Key Stat: Everton are unbeaten in their last nine home games in the Premier League.

Key Player: Zlatan Ibrahimovic – The powerful United frontman scored two in the midweek win over West Ham and will be looking to add to his Premier League tally of seven goals at a struggling Everton here.

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Score Prediction

Everton 1-1 Manchester United – There is little to suggest either of these sides has enough quality to go and win Sunday’s clash. Everton are really struggling for form but are a well organised unit at home and have yet to lose at Goodison this season. United will hope their League Cup win over West Ham can be the start of a change of fortunes, but Jose Mourinho’s side have not shown any consistency in the league as of yet, so this one looks set to end all square.


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