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Everton will look to dent Manchester United’s top four hopes when they host the Red Devils at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Toffees suffered defeat in their last PL game to relegated Fulham, a surprise considering they beat Arsenal the week before. They picked up three wins on the bounce before last weekend’s defeat and kept a clean sheet in each of those victories.
The fact that 2 of those wins were against Chelsea and Arsenal highlight Marco Silva finally tightening up the defense. Currently, the Merseyside club sit in 9th place, with 46 points from 34 games. The season is not entirely over for them with a potential Europa League spot on offer.
Manchester City are set to play Watford in the FA Cup final, and a victory for Pep Guardiola’s men would see the 7th-placed team receive a Europa League spot. Now, Everton are just a point behind Leicester in seventh, highlighting the importance of the remaining four games.
Along with Manchester United, Everton play Crystal Palace, Burnley and Tottenham in the remaining games. Thus, the Toffees would look to continue the good run and finish as the best of the rest.
Meanwhile, Manchester United will look to get back to winning ways after getting dumped out of the UEFA Champions League by Barcelona in midweek. The Red Devils have won 2 and lost 3 of their last five games across all competitions as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team are slightly going off the boil.
However, a Champions League spot is vital for next season’s plans and the Manchester club will look to pick all 3 points on Sunday. They are currently in 6th place, with 64 points from 33 games. They trail Tottenham in third by 3 points and have every chance of finishing in top four if they get the right results in the remaining games.
Injuries and Suspensions
Yerry Mina is set to miss out for Marco Silva’s side as he recovers from a hamstring injury. Defensive midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin could return from an ankle injury while another midfielder Andre Gomes starts his three-match suspension.
Solskjaer will happily welcome some fresh legs and spirits with Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and Alexis Sanchez fit again. Luke Shaw returns after missing out the Barcelona match due to a suspension.
Centre-back Eric Bailly is expected to resume first-team training over the weekend, thereby getting ruled out of Sunday’s match. Further, the game comes too soon for right-back Antonio Valencia, who continues to be sidelined.
Everton vs Manchester United Prediction
While the form of both teams can be considered to be mixed, the head-to-head tells a different story. Everton have lost 36 games to their visiting opponents in the competition, the highest by any team against any opposition.
Further, United have won on their last two visits to the Goodison and won the reverse fixture between the sides as well. However, the form of the Red Devils will boost Everton, with the former losing both of their last two away games in the league.
Everton have beaten two top-six sides, Arsenal and Chelsea, in recent weeks and will look to upset the apple cart one more time. Thus, the match could turn out to be a cagey affair with a moment of inspiration changing a draw into a win for either side. Expect the goals scored in this game to be Over 2.5.
Total Goals: Over 2.5 @ 1.80 at Bet365
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