After crashing out of the Champions League in midweek Manchester United’s season now rests on securing a top four finish in the English Premier League and their next assignment comes at Everton on Sunday
Note, odds quoted are correct at the time of writing but are subject to change.
Everton looked set to finish the season strongly after 3 successive wins but no doubt many punters were let down last weekend when they were beaten 2-0 at already relegated Fulham.
There have been more lows than highs this season for Everton but they have taken 7 points from top 6 sides in their last 3 home games. A 0-0 draw with Liverpool was followed by wins over Chelsea (2-0) and Arsenal (1-0) but they can finish no higher than a distant seventh. Earlier home games against top sides saw Everton lose to Manchester City 2-0 and Spurs came away with a 6-2 victory.
Everton have scored 24 goals in front of their own supporters and conceded 21 and 7 of the 17 home fixtures have gone over 2.5 goals.
United lost 3-0 at Barcelona on Tuesday night to exit the Champions League at the quarter final stage, 4-0 on aggregate. They have now lost 5 and won 2 of their last 7 in all competitions including a pair of 2-1 defeats away to Wolves, the first in the FA Cup and more recently in the Premier League.
As far as the race for the top 4 is concerned United come into the weekend in sixth place, 2 points behind Chelsea and Arsenal and 3 shy of third place Spurs who visit Manchester City on Saturday.
Away from home this season United have won 9, drawn 2 and lost 6 with 31 goals scored and 24 conceded. Of those 17 United road trips 12 have seen backers of over 2.5 goals collect.
Sigurdsson and Richarlison have both scored 12 league goals for Everton
Pogba is leading scorer for United with 13 league goals, Lukaku has 12 and Rashford and Martial have both scored 10.
Head to Head
The first league meeting this season saw United win 2-1 at Old Trafford in October. Pogba and Martial scored either side of half time to give United a 2-0 lead and Sigurdsson scored what proved to be a consolation on 77 minutes.
Had Everton not lost to Fulham last weekend I would give them every chance here but despite some excellent results at home in recent weeks, I’m put off by that poor display last time out.
United have little margin for error if they are to finish in the top 4 but they have fallen out of the winning habit and I would also be nervous about backing the away win.
With the above in mind the draw would enter calculations but I prefer the backstop of 2-3 goals in total which covers a number of scorelines I could envisage here.
Bet: Total match goals 2-3 at 19/20
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