Ever since that Sergio Aguero goal last May, Sir Alex Ferguson and his Manchester United side have been hell-bent o revenge and they can move a step closer to fulfilling that promise on Sunday by eradicating the nightmare of Everton’s last visit to Old Trafford.
Many United fans will say that they handed Manchester City the title during ten errant minutes when the Toffees came to town in April.
Had the Reds held on to a seemingly unassailable 4-2 lead with seven minutes to go, a subsequent defeat at City would have been rendered redundant and Ferguson would have been hoisting up the club’s 20th league title.
As it was, late goals from Nikica Jelavic and Steven Pienaar cost United a pair of points which proved crucial and they will be keen not to repeat that trick again when the two sides resume hostilities on Sunday.
That clash came in the middle of a four-game sequence when United contrived to blow an eight-point lead over their cross-town rivals and at present, their nine-point advantage looks just as impregnable.
The league leaders have won ten of their last 12 Premier League games and aiding that cause are a pair of strikers who guarantee goals.
Robin van Persie was undoubtedly the headline act of the opening half of the season, but over the last few weeks it’s been sidekick Wayne Rooney who’s been doing the business.
His opening goal in a fine performance against Brazil on Wednesday was the 27-year-old’s 11th in his last 11 outings and came on the back of a couple of winning efforts against Southampton and Fulham.
So with RVP and Rooney dovetailing to devastating effect, I think United will have too much firepower for David Moyes’ boys and that’s why I’ll be backing them for the 7/10 win on Sunday.
Historically, Everton have been a bit of a bogey team for United and comfortably outplayed their rivals from down the M62 on the opening weekend of the season.
Even prior to that there were a couple of narrow United wins, a 3-3 draw and a 3-1 Everton victory, and stretching further back, the Toffees have regularly provided United with one of their sternest tests.
So it’s surprising, then, to see the visitors at such long odds to get anything from the game, with an Everton win at 18/5, the draw 11/4 and the draw/Everton double still odds against at 11/10.
But knowing what came to pass last year, I expect Ferguson to issue his side with the three-line whip and in present form I think they’ll deliver.
Of course, they will need to be at their best to see off an Everton side who have proven difficult to beat all year.
They’ve lost the same amount of games on the road as United (two) and less than Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal, but on the other hand, they’ve only kept two clean sheets in 12 outings and Rooney and Van Persie can exploit that frailty.
The Dutchman is 17/20 to score at any point, with Rooney at evens, and you can find some great value for those two in the first-scorer scorecast market.
Van Persie to score the first goal in a 2-1 United win is a massive 18/1, while Rooney is 22/1 for the same bet, and there’s many more top punts on variations of that theme.
If we’re going to look for a less specific outcome, then I’m going for a United win with goals at both ends.
Everton always pose a threat and while I’m not anticipating a free-flowing classic, I do think they’ll cause enough problems to register.
It’s 3/5 that both teams will score in the match and that’s useful enough to put on your accumulator without making the deposit on that yacht you’re after.
United to score in both halves is better value at 27/20 and I’m thinking along the lines of 2-1 to the Reds.
That score is a healthy 7/1 in the goal bet market but if you’re looking generally, United with over 2.5 goals is 27/20 and under 3.5 goals is arguably the best safety-first bet at 17/10.
New customers registering with bwin are entitled to a free £20 bet and putting that on a 2-1 United win will earn you £160 if it comes off – and that’s where my hard-earned will be going.
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