Everton vs Manchester United Prediction, Preview, Lineups and Betting Tips
There is no time for a break in the busy winter English Premier League schedule and we have another intriguing encounter coming in first day of the new 2018 when Everton hosts to Manchester United at “Goodison Park” in Liverpool. Everton suffered their first defeat under Sam Allardyce’s management while Jose Mourinho’s side has not won in the last four games, all these things making the upcoming clash even more unpredictable.
Previous match between both teams was in mid-September when “The Red Devils” were brilliant winning 4-0 at “Old Trafford” and the former “Toffee” Romelu Lukaku scoring one of the goals. Now, around 14 weeks later, similar scenario looks very unlikely and United must find the gap in Everton’s defense without a typical forward in their attacking line. Find out more in our detailed match preview, Premier League football betting tips and Everton vs Manchester United prediction.
English Premier League: Everton vs Manchester United 01.01.2018
Sam Allardyce has been appointed on Everton’s hot seat one month ago and for a short time he revived the struggling “Blues” from Liverpool. His first game in charge was once again at “Goodison Park” where Everton won 2-0 vs well-performing newcomers Huddersfield Town, followed by three wins and three draws in following six games, having in mind that two of the draws were against city rivals Liverpool at “Anfield”, and vs Chelsea at home. The great beginning for the “Big Sam” lasted until Saturday afternoon when Everton lost 2-1 in Bournemouth, after a late winner scored by Ryan Fraser who thereby marked his brace.
These results and poor form in first half of the season are placing Everton on the 9th position with 27 points, being on seven points behind a seventh-placed Burnley.
Manchester United on the other hand can’t be particularly pleased with their holiday performances. After two tough narrow victories over Bournemouth and West Brom earlier in December, “The Red Devils” have suffered a surprising 2-1 defeat to Bristol City in the League Cup quarter-finals, followed by three disappointing Premier League draws. Everything began in Leicester right before Christmas when Manchester United missed a fine opportunity to scoop the three points against a 10-men Leicester City, when Harry Maguire has scored an equalizer in the stoppage time. Moreover, that draw preceded the 2-2 vs Burnley on Boxing Day when “United” were two goals behind on half-time but have won the point thanks to a brace scored by Jesse Lingard. And if everyone in the club were set for a potential walkover against toothless Southampton, “The Saints” have caused a massive upset by earning a point (0-0) in the late Saturday afternoon.
Thus Manchester United have given the second position to reigning champion Chelsea and their lead against regional rival Liverpool has been reduced to three points only.
Team News and Missing Players
Everton’s boss has not won any of his 11 previous duels against Jose Mourinho sides, losing on eight occasions during that time. Not the best record for Sam Allardyce but we’re sure he has a different gameplan ahead the Monday night scuffle when we expect Wayne Rooney to face his former club. Everton’s top scorer (10 goals) was fit enough to came on from the bench in second half against Bournemouth but will return to the starting lineup here. Other changes are likely as “Big Sam” will have to refresh the lines to field more competitive selection against a pacy Man United attacking formation. Ashley Williams, Tom Davies, Wayne Rooney, Yannick Bolasie and Oumar Niasse (second top scorer, 5 goals) are among the potential replacements compared with the XI used in Dorset.
In the meantime Maarten Stekelenburg, Ramiro Funes Mori, Seamus Coleman, Leighton Baines and Ross Barkley are all sidelined with various injuries.
Jose Mourinho will be keen to inflict the second defeat of Sam Allardyce since his return to the managerial profession. Well, “The Special One” will have to make some special changes in his squad for the short Liverpool bound, especially if we consider he has not a typical central forward available. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is ruled out for a month, while former Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has picked up an injury early during Saturday’s goalless draw with Southampton. So Marcus Rashford looks as a potential central forward here, while Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard should push through the wings.
In addition to the injuries of both vigorous strikers, Jose Mourinho has to deal with some other absentees: Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick will surely miss out, while Matteo Darmian is questionable.
Ashley Young faces a three-match ban after being charged with violent conduct by the FA. Victor Lindelof or Matteo Darmian will deputise at the right-back.
Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Ander Herrera will look to benefit from any rotation Mourinho applies on Monday.
Everton vs Manchester United Prediction and Betting Tips
Day one of the new 2018 secures some great emotions for the football fans and for those who celebrate 1st of January with a hangover from the last night, so the game in Liverpool surely attracts a massive attention, especially when it’s last one in Monday’s schedule. Unfortunately, we do not expect a particular show in Merseyside where Sam Allardyce will try to outwit another top Premier League manager, after he already stole points from Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, respectively. Furthermore, we do not expect a sudden change in Jose Mourinho’s style and the Portuguese boss of Man United will stick to the more defensive-oriented mentality although his team needs to end that winless run. Perhaps he will try to control the game and eventually capture The Toffees in a moment when they’ve already made a mistake, which also looks very likely at some point of the game. However, we simply cannot imagine a goal scoring thriller at “Goodison Park” right now, not in that extremely busy festive period, and our betting prediction suggest “Under 2.5 Goals” between Everton and Manchester United.
Possible Lineups of Everton and Manchester United
Venue: “Goodison Park”, Liverpool.
Referee: Andre Marriner.
Everton FC: Jordan Pickford – Cuco Martina, Ashley Williams, Michael Keane, Jonjoe Kenny – Idrissa Gueye – Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney, Tom Davies, Yannick Bolasie – Dominic Calvert-Lewin. (4-1-4-1)
Manchester United: David de Gea – Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Matteo Darmian – Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba – Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard. (4-3-3)