Manchester United meet an in-form Everton side in tomorrow’s (April 23rd) early kick-off, but past results point to nothing but a win for the home side.
David Moyes’ men have enjoyed a decent run of late and could leapfrog city rivals Liverpool with a win in Manchester, for a few hours at least.
The Toffees have won five and drawn two of their last seven and head to Old Trafford full of confidence and renewed European ambition.
However, the form guide shows that the visitors have not inflicted a home defeat on United in almost 19 years. Indeed, since beating the Red Devils in the inaugural Premier League season they have managed three draws and 14 defeats.
As such, the betting odds place Alex Ferguson’s men as firm favourites, with bwin pricing the hosts at 9/20 to inch three points closer to a record 19th league crown.
Away fans confident of an upset can get better odds of 7/1 and this market could attract a lot of attention as United have failed to score in their last two games.
Everton will hope that Tim Cahill can overcome a hamstring injury in time for the 12:45 kick-off. The club’s top scorer will be relied upon to break down the United defence as Louis Saha is sidelined with an ankle injury.
The Australian midfield ace will be the away side’s most likely source of goals should he pass a fitness test and at 10/1 to open the scoring, bwin punters could earn £110 off a £10 stake.
If Everton are to get anything from the tie, the key could be to start the game at a high tempo. United have not conceded a first half goal at home since April 2010, when Joe Cole penetrated the Reds’ defence.
Indeed, home form has been the difference between United and their title-chasing rivals, with captain Nemanja Vidic guiding his team to 52 points from a possible 54 in their last 18 matches at Old Trafford.
Therefore, for larger returns on their football bets, United fans could be tempted to overlook the winning stakes and concentrate on an outright match prediction.
The home side have kept three clean sheets in their last four games while scoring an average of 2.12 goals per game across the entire season.
As such, punters can back a 2-0 win for the league leaders at 21/4, while a 3-0 victory is priced at 14/1.
As for who will score the goals, punters are spoilt for choice, with Dimitar Berbatov, Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney all in scintillating form.
The Bulgarian is the Premier League’s top scorer with 21 goals, while the Mexican and the England hitman have scored 11 and ten respectively.
Rooney is the favourite among the trio to open the scoring at 3/1, with his strike partners both offering odds of 4/1.
Punters looking to boost their bwin balance could therefore be tempted to back a 2-0 United win with Rooney hitting the first goal.
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