Everton v Manchester United Odds, Tips and Preview
Game time & date: 1900 BST, Sunday October 9
Location: Goodison Park, Liverpool
Last result between the two: Everton 1-0 Manchester United, Premier League, April 2022
Broadcast: BT Sport 1 & 4KUHD
A resurgent Everton host a Manchester United side seeking to bounce back from a heavy derby defeat in the final game of the Premier League weekend.
The Toffees have won back-to-back matches to climb the table, edging out West Ham and Southampton by a single goal in both games, while they are now unbeaten in their last six Premier League games.
Manchester United, meanwhile, saw their four-game winning run in the league ended in spectacular fashion at the home of neighbours Manchester City, so what do the Everton v Manchester United odds say for this Sunday evening clash?
Toffees find fresh resilience
Having started the new season without a win in their first three games, Everton have suddenly found a rich seam of form that they have ridden to sit level on points with Liverpool in the league table.
Six league games without a defeat is a run that includes four draws, but shows Frank Lampard is building a team that is hard to beat, with the additions of James Tarkowski and Conor Coady proving key. Cutting edge in attack is something Everton still need to work on at the other end but Dwight McNeil scoring his first goal for the club, the winner against Southampton last time out, is a positive sign for the future.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 10 of Everton’s last 12 home games in the Premier League, which perhaps indicates this might not be the most exciting match on the weekend’s schedule.
Under 2.5 goals at evens with 888Sport therefore seems like a strong value option to start with here. Everton have avoided defeat in their last three Premier League meetings with Manchester United, winning this game 1-0 the last time it was played in April. There are plenty of reasons to like the price of 4/5 with 888Sport for Everton double chance in this one, though United will surely provide a response.
Ronaldo questions continue
A 6-3 defeat somehow flattered United against City on Sunday, with the defending champions easing off on their rivals during the second half, during which Cristiano Ronaldo remained on the bench.
When United were winning under new coach Erik ten Hag, questions about Ronaldo’s usage faded into the background but they will be raised again despite the Red Devils scoring three against City.
The problems are at the other end of the pitch for United, who saw Raphael Varane limp off against City. Harry Maguire missed that match due to an injury sustained on international duty with England, so there could be a problem at the back for Ten Hag ahead of the weekend trip to Goodison Park.
United have lost 4-0 at Brentford as well as 6-3 at City this season so they are clearly vulnerable, though those matches sandwich a pair of gritty 1-0 wins at Southampton and Leicester City.
Losing so heavily to City will be a blow to United’s fragile confidence, however, and it is hard to see them bouncing back with a victory against an Everton side that has developed a strong backbone.
Antony’s fine start to life at United means he is of interest on the goalscorer markets for this one.
United will surely be determined to make up for such an embarrassing derby defeat, yet a newly resilient Everton will provide a tough test. The 4/5 with 888Sport on Everton double chance seems good value.
With only two out of Everton’s last 12 league games seeing over 2.5 goals scored, the evens on under 2.5 goals being scored on Sunday night seems to be quite generous from 888Sport. While United’s defence can be very vulnerable, both meetings between the sides last term saw under 2.5 goals land as well.
From the correct scores options, the 11/2 at 888Sport for a 1-1 draw feels like a strong option to go with.
Author: Jamie Smith