Man United perspective: Chudi Onwuazor, The Busby Way
United go into Sunday's game with no new injury concerns and welcome Ashley Young, who has been out since the Liverpool game with a knee injury. The upcoming trip to the Spanish capital may have an impact on Sir Alex Ferguson's team selection, but with last season's game at Old Trafford - as well as our performance at Goodison Park earlier this season - in mind, Sir Alex knows a strong side is essential.
Whilst it may have been nervy, last weekend’s win over Fulham extended United’s unbeaten run in the league into its fourth month. United are looking in good shape to reclaim the title, sitting nine points clear of Man City. If we can maintain this form, the title will be heading back to Old Trafford come May.
This game is a chance for revenge for United after the calamity that took place in the tie last season. United looked on course for three points at 3-1 and 4-2 up, but a late fightback from Everton saw United fold. The game finished 4-4, handing the initiative back to Man City who went on to win the title. Of the 20 meetings during the Premier League era, however, United have won 16.
Wayne Rooney to score at 2.10. He looked off pace in the game earlier this season, but Wayne Rooney is coming into form. Back him to score against his former team.
Marouane Fellaini to score at 4.00. United have struggled with the big man recently. Could he keep up his reign of terror with a goal on Sunday?
Over 2.5 goals at 1.62. Astute defending against Fulham gave United three points last week but I don’t expect United to keep a clean sheet here. We could see goals.
Score prediction: Man United 2-1 Everton (8.00)
Everton perspective: Brian Lewis, Royal Blue Mersey
Everton are almost back to full strength, as Darron Gibson and Kevin Mirallas have made a return to the side after extended injury lay-offs. The two players have given our side some composure and creativity in recent matches, and will be key in the quest for Champions League football.
While Everton are undefeated since the loss to Chelsea during the holiday period, we have still struggled to pick up wins. Draws against Aston Villa and Southampton have left fans with a bitter taste in the mouth and represent nothing but missed opportunities. On the plus isde, Victor Anichebe has apparently found his goalscoring touch, and Marouane Fellaini has continued his dominant form.
The last two games between these clubs have been absolutely fantastic. Everton’s 1-0 victory to start the season was the result of complete physical domination by the Toffees, while last year the clubs met in an exciting 4-4 draw. An uncharacteristic United collapse that day that let Everton earn a crucial away draw.
Over 2.5 goals at 1.62. Everton’s defence has been leaky and I think we will concede on Sunday.
Victor Anichebe to score at 4.25. I do think Everton will score at least once, and our bullish striker looks the best pick.
Manchester United to score in both halves at 2.35. The Red Devils will be looking to give Everton some payback after the last two matches between the two sides. With Robin van Persie and Rooney at the front of the attack, I don’t see Everton’s defense coping well.
Score prediction: Man United 3-1 Everton (14.00)
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