The Premier League returns this weekend following the dreaded international break. The Reds welcome Everton to Old Trafford hoping to pick up where they left off two weeks ago. Louis van Gaal’s side came away from the Etihad with all three points thanks to Marcus Rashford’s fifth goal in eight games which moved United to within a point of their City rivals in that all-important final Champions League spot. Everton are having a strange campaign this year. The Blues languish in 13th place in the league and are closer to the relegation zone than they are to the top four. On the other hand, they boast a very solid away record this term. The Toffees have lost only one game on the road this season, against Arsenal back in October of last year and only second-placed Spurs (12) have conceded fewer goals on their travels than Everton (14).
The match odds courtesy of William Hill* are as follows:
Manchester United win – 21/20
Draw – 12/5
Everton win – 13/5
The bookies have United favourites for the game on Sunday at just over evens at 21/20. A £10.00 stake on the Reds returns £20.50.
18-year-old Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game in his first Manchester derby in United’s last outing in the league. The youngster netted his fifth goal in eight starts since making his debut for the Reds in February. With captain Wayne Rooney still likely to be unavailable through injury, the youngster looks set to start his ninth game on the bounce. You can back Rashford to score anytime at 6/4 and 9/2 to grab the games first goal.
United’s midfield anchor Morgan Schneiderlin scored his only goal of the season in the reverse fixture back in October at Goodison Park. The Frenchman opened the scoring with a neat finish from inside the area in a comfortable 3-0 win for the Reds. Schneiderlin is a cool 16/1 to open the scoring at Old Trafford and 11/2 to get on the scoresheet at any time.
Romelu Lukaku is constantly being linked with a move away from Goodison Park. The 22-year-old has 25 goals in all competitions this season, including five in his last five matches for the Toffees. United are one of a number of clubs rumoured to be in for the big Belgian striker. Lukaku is 13/8 to score anytime and 5/1 to open the scoring.
United ran out 3-0 winners the last time these two sides met in October at Goodison Park, which is probably the Reds best performance of an underwhelming campaign thus far. Schneiderlin, Herrera, and Rooney got on the score sheet that day. You can back a 3-0 home win at odds of 16/1. Speaking of 3-0 wins, Everton beat United almost a year ago by the same scoreline at Goodison Park. A 3-0 Everton win on Sunday is priced at a huge 50/1! The last time these two sides met at Old Trafford was in October of 2014. Forgotten men Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao scored in a 2-1 win for United. You can back a 2-1 home win at 8/1.
Only Stoke City (34) have scored fewer times that United (38) in the top half of the table. On the other hand, only second-placed Spurs (24) have conceded fewer goals than Louis van Gaal’s side (27) in the entire league. Given their inability to score goals and their good defensive record, it’s no surprise that the majority of matches that United are involved in are goalless at the break. The Reds went through a dreadful run of 11 games towards the back-end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 without scoring in the first half at Old Trafford. For the game to be goalless at half-time is 13/8, meaning a £10.00 stake returns £26.25.
Bet of the Day
You’d think the Reds would be full of motivation following their derby victory last time out. Both teams have scored in four of United’s last five games at Old Trafford, with the 1-0 win over Watford last month proving the only exception. My bet of the day is both teams to score and Man Utd to win at 10/3. A £10.00 stake returns £43.33 with William Hill.
*All odds are correct as of Friday 1st April and are subject to change