After Manchester City’s drab defeat by Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday, Manchester United could all but end their neighbours’ hopes of retaining the Premier League title with a win against Everton at Old Trafford this afternoon.
The Reds currently sit nine points clear of Roberto Mancini’s men and head into this match on the back of successive victories over Southampton and Fulham, with the club looking well on course to record their 20th league title and the 13th under Sir Alex Ferguson.
United have been priced as odds-on favourites to secure all three points at 18/25, with a repeat of last season’s thrilling draw in this fixture at 13/5 and a fifth win on the road for Everton of the campaign at 15/4.
5 – Premier League top scorer Robin van Persie has found the net in five of his last ten appearances against Everton. The Dutchman is 13/4 to open the scoring and 17/20 to find the net at any time.
8 – Both teams have scored in the first half in eight of United’s league games this season, with the leaders finding the net 29 times in the opening 45 minutes and Everton scoring 23 of their goals in the opening period. Both teams to score in the first half is priced at 13/5.
12 – United have conceded the opening goal in 12 of their 25 Premier League matches this season. Everton are 7/4 to score first, as was the case at Old Trafford last season when Nikica Jelavic put the Toffees 1-0 to the good in an eventual 4-4 draw.
13 – The number of times United have gone into the break leading this season, all of which have then resulted in them securing maximum points. It’s 31/20 for them to be winning at half-time and full-time.
19 – Everton haven’t won at Old Trafford in their last 19 visits, stretching back to 1992, the first season of the Premier League, when they ran out 3-0 winners.