Everton v Man United Preview

English Premier League | Sunday 20 April | Goodison Park | 17:10




David Moyes will return to Goodison Park on Sunday as his Manchester United side face a fearless Everton with pride at stake for the champions and Champions League football on the horizon for The Toffees.

To Win (90mins)
Everton 27/20 
Draw 23/10 
Man United 19/10

EVERTON

When Everton chairman Bill Kenwright revealed Roberto Martinez's promise to take the club into the Champions League, the idea was scoffed at by some.

Ten months on and the laughing has stopped. Everton are fast closing in on a return to Europe's elite because of the man who replaced David Moyes last summer.

Everton's Champions League dream took another step towards becoming reality after the Blues moved into fourth with a record-breaking seventh straight Premier League win.

Wes Brown’s own goal a quarter of an hour before the end decided a game which had seemed destined to end in a stalemate.

Everton have now leapfrogged the Gunners in the league standings and have the opportunity to extend their points advantage over Arsene Wenger's side to five when they host Crystal Palace on Wednesday evening before facing the Red Devils.

Everton have been outstanding at home, having played 16 matches winning 12 times with three draws.

They have scored an impressive 32 goals at Goodison Park while conceding 13.

James McCarthy has had an impressive first season with Everton and has formed an effective midfield partnership with Gareth Barry.

McCarthy is a hard working player with two quick feet and expect him to try hassle and hurry Manchester United players whilst, on occasions, looking for that killer final pass.

Romelu Lukaku seems to cause a big headache to every defence he comes up against, and United will be weary of the threat the Belgian international poses as he scored a hatrick against them while playing on loan at West Brom last season.

Lukaku must fancy his chances of striking again this weekend.

Everton will be boosted by the return of Phil Jagielka to the squad. The skipper has been absent since the defeat at Chelsea on February 22 with a hamstring problem.

The Toffees will be looking to get the double over United for the first time since 1969 after winning the reverse fixture 1-0 and there’s never been a better chance for them to do it.

MANCHESTER UNITED

Manchester United and their supporters are waking up to the reality that their season is over.

Their Champions League exit does not mean they can now concentrate on the league as they are out of the title race and have no chance of even clinching a Champions League spot.

As such, David Moyes' first season at Old Trafford has been worse than anybody expected.

This is now a club that needs to spend hundreds of millions of pounds on several world-class players just to compete with the likes of Tottenham, Everton and Arsenal for a top-four finish.

The last time United finished lower than third was 1991.

There has been signs of improvement for Moyes’ side of late but they’ve lacked the consistency that Sir Alex Ferguson made the norm in his 27 year reign at Old Trafford.

Some of Manchester United’s better performances and results have come on the road, they have won 10 of their 17 matches away from Old Trafford, drawing three times.

They’ve scored an impressive 34 goals and conceded 19.

Shinji Kagawa has hit a rich vein of form of late and he produced his best performance of the season against Bayern Munich last week, with some incisive passing and smart movement.

If selected by Moyes, he will be a key threat for the Red Devils going forward and difficult to stop.

Danny Welbeck always comes to the fore on the big occasion and will cause the Evertonian defence all sorts of problems with his movement and athleticism.

Juan Mata has finally found his feet at Old Trafford in the absence of Robin van Persie.

Mata has been isolated in a wide role for the Red Devils but in his favoured central role has flourished.

United have enough firepower on their day to keep Everton on the back foot but will have to be at their utmost best to come away with a win.

Betting Prediction: EVERTON 27/20
It shows how low United have dropped given the fact that Everton head into the game as favourites. Everton know that any slip up will likely see Arsenal clinch their spot in finishing fourth to qualify for the Champions League. The only positive for David Moyes is a good reception from the Everton faithful. Back The Toffees to claim a much needed victory at 27/20. 

Written by Chadley Nagel for @Hollywoodbets. Follow them both on Twitter and Facebook now! 

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