After last week’s capitulation at the hands of Citeh (thats the last time we’ll mention it, we promise!), Manchester United have been likened to a wounded animal, just waiting to lash out at the next person who happens to walk through the woods. The only problem is that, in Everton, they have a formidable opponent, especially when it’s on their home turf.
It’s not the ideal opponent for a confidence-boosting win, and the blues of Liverpool always seem to try extra hard against United – they’ve taken points off us in each of the past 3 seasons. Whilst what we needed may have been some Premiership newboys ready for a good whipping, this game may actually help us out more in the long run. We may have gained some confidence from beating a plucky Swansea side 4-0, but in truth everybody would have been waiting for us to come up against a real opponent. Everton are just that.
It’s been very much a season of two halves so far for United – they powered out of the starting blocks in the early stages and took Arsenal to the sword, but ever since Tom Cleverly got injured against Bolton they have struggled to regain that luency and dynamism in the centre of midfield. With his return against Aldershot on Tuesday, at least we can rely on that for the game versus Everton.
Hernandez and Berbatov have impressed in recent weeks, and might be selected ahead of Wayne Rooney, who tends to be protected whenever the Reds head to Goodison. That said, Rooney was one of the few players who have played their hearts out in every match (I’m looking at you, Rio!) so maybe we can’t afford to be without him? It should be an interesting game…
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It’s rare that Manchester United are ever offered at anything above 1.5 to win, but with the recent uncertainty they are available at 1.83 to win (with Paddy Power). We think those odds are high enough (and we’re not completely sure how well we’ll fare in a tough-tackling match but if you fancy a more exhilarating ride, we’re backing the Reds to run out as 2-1 winners (8.0 at Ladbrokes).
Given the fairly sloppy nature of the goals United have conceded over recent weeks (Basel, etc) we think that the chances are that Everton will score. In which case we think backing both teams to score at 1.82 (Bet Clic) makes sense. No, we don’t want them to score either, but…!
As ever, let us know your hot tips too! :)