Kick-off: 1230, 02/10/2021
Stadium: Old Trafford
TV: BT Sport
Manchester United finished Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Villarreal on a high and can take that momentum into their tussle with Everton.
The Toffees have drawn on their last two trips to Old Trafford and have scored in six straight Premier League meetings with the Red Devils.
However, the visitors have been hit hard by injuries in recent weeks and that could take its toll here.
We like 23/10 for a home win and both teams to score for our first Man Utd vs Everton prediction.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
United looked in danger of suffering a fourth defeat in five outings when falling behind against Villarreal on 53 minutes.
However, Alex Telles volleyed in a superb leveller and then Cristiano Ronaldo produced yet another moment of pure theatre in stoppage time.
It was another laboured display from the Red Devils, who had lost to Young Boys in Europe, West Ham in the EFL Cup and Aston Villa in the Premier League.
David De Gea had to be at his best to stop Villarreal from going ahead earlier on but, in the end, it was Ronaldo to the rescue again.
“He’s done that so many times,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said of the Portuguese, who broke Iker Casillas’ Champions League appearances record by moving onto 178 competition matches.
“That’s just what he’s done throughout his career. He’s so strong mentally, he just stays in the game, and a true mark of a very, very good finisher is that he keeps calm when the chance arrives.”
That made it five goals in as many games for the Red Devils from Ronaldo and 11/10 he nets in a home win here has obvious appeal from the Man Utd vs Everton odds.
Last Man Utd line-up: De Gea, Lindelof, Varane, Dalot, Telles, Pogba, Fernandes, McTominay, Ronaldo, Greenwood, Sancho.
Luke Shaw could return after recovering from illness but the left-back also picked up a shoulder injury, with Solskjaer saying he would be assessed.
Harry Maguire remains out as does winger Amad and Marcus Rashford, who has stepped up his recovery from off-season shoulder surgery by returning to full training.
A Look At Everton’s Betting Odds
Like United, Everton are just one point behind leaders Liverpool following last week’s 2-0 home victory over Norwich.
Andros Townsend opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 29 minutes and Abdoulaye Doucoure doubled the advantage in the second half.
Townsend, who has grabbed four goals in all competitions and provided three assists, has been rejuvenated since stints with Crystal Palace and Newcastle.
“You can see I’m loving it here,” he told the club website. “I’m loving fighting it out at the right end of the table, scoring goals, getting assists. I just need to keep working hard and long may this continue.”
Rafael Benitez is always up for a battle with United from his days at Liverpool and will set his team up to be hard to beat.
However, Richarlison is out until after the international break and Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been absent for three games with a muscle injury.
Seamus Coleman’s experience at the back will also be sorely missed and we’re going for a 2-1 home victory at 15/2 to finish off our Man Utd vs Everton betting tips.
Last Everton line-up: Pickford, Keane, Digne, Mina, Godfrey, Allan, Townsend, Doucoure, Gray, Iwobi, Rondon.
Everton still have forwards Calvert-Lewin (quadriceps), Richarlison (knee) and Coleman (hamstring) unavailable.
Andre Gomes (calf) and Fabian Delph (shoulder) are also sidelined and Alex Iwobi is a doubt but Jean-Philippe Gbamin could make a return to action following a quadriceps injury of his own.
MAN UTD 2-1 Villarreal – Alex Telles, Cristiano Ronaldo
EVERTON 2-0 Norwich – Andros Townsend (pen), Abdoulaye Doucoure
Head-to-head: Man Utd 3-3 Everton, Everton 0-2 Man Utd, Everton 1-3 Man Utd, Everton 1-1 Man Utd, Man Utd 1-1 Everton
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