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Everton v Man Utd preview, predictions & expected XIs

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 20:24, 20 April 2019

Manchester United will be looking to return to winning ways on the road when they travel to Everton on Sunday.

The Red Devils have lost in each of their last four matches away from Old Trafford, including 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium, but they have won on their last Premier League outing – a narrow 2-1 triumph over West Ham – which kept their hopes of a top four finish alive.

Everton, meanwhile, saw a three match winning streak in the league come to an end at Fulham last time out. Marco Silva’s men are locked in a battle to finish as best of the rest, they currently occupy ninth position, with seventh-placed Leicester City just a point above them.

Read on for Everton v Man Utd TV channel info, stats, predicted XIs and team news.

When is Everton v Man Utd?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Goodison Park

Date: Sunday, April 21

Kick-off: 1:30 PM BST

Where can I watch live?

Watford v Arsenal can be viewed on Sky Sports in the UK. Viewers can watch the game on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, channels 401 and 402 respectively on Sky, and channels 511 and 512 respectively for Virgin Media users.

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Sunday’s match will be the 198th competitive meeting between the clubs, with Man Utd boasting 87 wins to Everton’s 66. The first confrontation was a league affair which took place in Merseyside on February 21, 1903, the victors that day were Everton who ran out out 3-1 winners.

Everton wins: 66 Draws: 44 Man Utd wins: 87

Match preview

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s honeymoon period as Manchester United manager is well and truly over. His opening six matches yielded a 100% win rate, before collecting four wins from his next half-dozen, since then United have lost twice – both away from home at Arsenal and then Wolves – but last time out the Red Devils narrowly defeated West Ham in front of their Old Trafford support.

In fairness to the Norwegian tactician United were off the pace when he succeeded Jose Mourinho initially as the clubs interim boss. The record 20-time English champions were sixth, and 11 points behind fourth place, they still remain in that position but two points behind Arsenal who sit fourth and occupy that final Champions League spot.

Playing in Europe’s premier club competition is a must for United, who in the space of a few games bundled out of the FA Cup and Champions League to Wolves and Barcelona respectively.

Everton, who presently find themselves in midtable, also have something to aim for this season. Following a period which saw them lost four times across five Premier League outings – instefying calls for Marco Silva’s departure – the Liverpool-based club have somewhat turned their season around.

The Toffees will no doubt be a stern examination for United especially as their last two home games were victories over Chelsea (2-0) and Arsenal (1-0). These wins, plus another at West Ham (0-2), has put them firmly in the battle for seventh place. At the moment a rejuvenated Leicester City are placed best of the rest, but they have a point lead over Everton, who are also battling Wolves and Watford for the spot.

United have won the last three meetings, with Everton’s last triumph over their Manchester rivals coming in April 2015 when Roberto Martinez’s side put three past Louis van Gaal’s charges without reply.

Will United return to winning ways away from home?

Before leaving the Emirates Stadium, after Arsenal had inflicted United with a 2-0 loss, the Red Devils were on a six-match winning streak on the road – starting from Solskjaer’s first game in charge at Cardiff City (1-5).

Prior to his return, in the last months of Jose Mourinho, the 13-time Premier League winners had won just one of their previous six away matches. Their only win came at Bournemouth (1-2); a 3-1 loss at Anfield to Liverpool was the straw that broke the camel’s back and saw the Portuguese coach relieved of his duties.

United last suffered back-to-back league defeats away from Old Trafford in early 2018 – losing to Spurs and then Newcastle United – it’s a new experience for Solskjaer who knows anything less than picking up all three points will put them on the backfoot in the race for a top four finish.

Can Everton bag another scalp?

As touched upon Everton’s last two home games were big wins over Chelsea (2-0) and then Arsenal (1-0), before those games they held rivals Liverpool to a goalless draw.

Having managed to keep a clean sheet against three of the league’s best will no doubt have encouraged manager Silva who not long ago saw his men humbled 2-6 by a rampant and irresistible Spurs team.

Everton, though, are no strangers to going on a lengthy run of wins at home. Between September and November last year they managed to rack up four consecutive wins.

Team News

Yerry Mina and André Gomes are both certain absentees for Everton, the former is injured whilst the latter begins the first of his retrospective three-match ban handed after stamping on Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrović in their 2-0 defeat at Craven Cottage.

Ander Herrera has returned to training, but the game comes too soon for the Spanish midfielder. Eric Bailly is close to returning, but Antonio Valencia remains absent through injury. Nemanja Matic and Alexis Sanchez could both feature.

How everyone thinks Everton and Man Utd will line up

1. No Lingard, no Martial

A defining feature of Manchester United under Solskjaer in the early games was their speed on the break. Central to this counter-attacking style was the presence of a rapid front-three comprising of homegrown talents Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford plus Anthony Martial.

Their selection consigned Romelu Lukaku, the club’s most expensive striker, to the bench. However, in recent weeks, the Belgian marksman has not only returned to United’s starting line-up but cemented a spot.

He’s not in danger of starting against his former club beside Solskjaer, who according to the Independent, will opt for Lukaku and Rashford with Lingard and Martial missing out.

Juan Mata, who started in the win over West Ham, keeps his place in attack. Elsewhere there’s a return for Nemanja Matic back from an illness that kept him out of United’s last two Premier League outings.

The Independent‘s predicted Man Utd XI (4-3-3): De Gea; Dalot, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; Matic, Pogba, Fred; Mata, Lukaku, Rashford

2. Davies back in

One man’s misfortune is another man’s opportunity. The suspension of Gomes opens the door for Tom Davies to return to Silva’s starting lineup – which the Evening Standard is predicting. Davies, who turns 21 in the summer, has long been touted for a bright future and having started four consecutive league outings earlier this year he’s accumulated a total of ten Premier League minutes across Everton’s last seven league matches.

Nominally a central midfielder, though capable of playing behind the centre-forward, he’s expected to partner Idrissa Gueye – who has recently been linked with a move to United – with Richarlison, Gylfi and Bernard just in front of them.

Evening Standard‘s predicted Everton XI (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Coleman, Zouma, Keane, Digne; Gueye, Davies; Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Calvert-Lewin

3. Another run for McTominay-Fred-Pogba

The news of Herrera back in training must come as a welcome relief to Solskjaer who has often looked to the Spanish midfielder to set United’s tempo. His absence has opened the door for homegrown talent Scott McTominay to stake a claim in the Red Devil’s midfield and the consensus is that he’s not disappointed.

This coupled with Matic being sidelined has seen Solskjaer field a midfield trio of McTominay, Fred and Pogba – the Guardian feels it will ride again at Goodison Park. Its last Premier League outing came at Molineux, where United lost there for a second time, but it will be given a chance for a reprieve.

With the aforementioned Herrera and Matic close to playing again it’s imperative McTominay and Fred give their manager something to think about.

The Guardian‘s predicted Man Utd XI (4-3-3): De Gea; Dalot, Smalling, Lindelof, Young; Pogba, Fred, McTominay; Lingard, Rashford, Martial

Squawka Prediction

Everton will go into this game buoyed after recent home performance and they can most certainly give United a fright. The Red Devils, who have looked out of sorts in recent matches, will need to rediscover that form which guided them in Ole’s opening stint, but given where both clubs are expect a close game with honours even. 1-1.


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