Manchester United’s Harlem Globetrotters attack might be missing Wayne Rooney, but it’s glamorous remainder will be licking their lips ahead of the visit of Everton.
The Toffees possessed the Premier League’s leakiest ‘rearguard’ before the start of the weekend action.
However, backing the well-rested Red Devils’ to savage their Europa League travel-fatigued guests is unlikely to be the most apposite wager as this week’s ‘the stats that say’ – brought to you by the number four – suggests.
Here are the apposite numerals when it comes to discussing a little over 3.5 goals wager on the tussle at 13/10…
Four – the number of previously-blooded centre-halves unavailable to Louis van Gaal.
All Van Gaal’s powers of alchemy and all the Dutchman’s faith in youth will required to forge a defence in the absence of a quartet of likely central defenders.
Phil Jones, Johnny Evans, Chris Smalling and able part-timer Michael Carrick are all out of action.
As a result it’ll take a herculean effort from the hosts to keep David de Gea’s sheets clean, especially against the division’s second-highest scorers.
Four – the average number of goals in Everton’s nine games in all competitions.
Roberto Martinez’s men have been nothing short of a maelstrom of entertainment this term, boasting the worst defence in the division as well the most lethal strikeforce besides the league leaders.
Four – of United’s six Premier League games have seen both over 2.5 goals bagged.
Watching the Old Trafford outfit forge it’s new identity has been almost as exciting as tuning in to the Toffees in 2013/14, with four of their six league games also rewarding both teams to score investors.
Four – Juan Mata’s height in feet to the nearest foot.
Ok that’s not strictly true, the miniature magician is 5ft 7in, but he may as well be 4ft by the enormous standards of modern sportsmen.
With Wayne Rooney suspended from action the number ten role belongs to the brilliant Spanish creator, who will be afforded what looks as if it may be becoming an increasingly rare opportunity to display his wares in the starting XI.