Manchester United travel to Goodison Park in the early kick-off on Saturday just three days after returning home from their Champions League defeat away at Istanbul Basaksehir.
We’ve got a quick preview ahead of Saturday’s early kickoff as well as all of the relevant betting facts & figures so that you can make well-informed picks.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is feeling the heat in the Old Trafford hot-seat after a dodgy start to the new campaign, both in the English Premier League and in Europe.
United were beaten 1-0 at home by Arsenal last weekend, leaving with one league win in their last four attempts. This leaves the Red Devils scrabbling around in 15th in the early Premier League table, albeit with a game in hand on many of their fellow strugglers.
The Toffees, on the other hand, had a perfect record after four fixtures, only to slip to a draw then back-to-back defeats to see them drop down to fourth in the table.
Losses came at either end of the country against Southampton and Newcastle, leaving the Merseyside club with 13 points from their opening seven EPL games.
Everton vs Man United: Predicted XIs
Probable Everton Starting XI: Jordan Pickford, Jonjoe Kenny, Yerry Mina, Michael Keane, Lucas Digne, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Allan, Fabian Delph, James Rodriguez, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Alex Iwobi.
Probable Manchester United Starting XI: David de Gea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay, Fred, Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial.
- Key facts & figures
After a blistering Premier League start which saw Everton go five matches undefeated (W4, D1), they’ve now lost each of their previous two. Everton have now conceded exactly two goals in four straight Premier League matches, and are also without a clean sheet since an opening day victory away at Tottenham.
- Furthermore, they’ve conceded first in four of their previous six Premier League fixtures, but the good news for the Merseysiders is that they remain a constant goal threat themselves. Only four sides have scored more Premier League goals this season, and in addition, Everton have drawn a blank in just one of their ten competitive matches so far.
- Manchester United’s defeat to İstanbul Başakşehir on Wednesday night put further pressure on boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær after their weekend loss to Arsenal, a game where Solskjær commented “we didn’t turn up”. More potent on their travels than at home this campaign, the loss in Turkey actually ended their longest-ever competitive run of away wins (ten matches) – if excluding neutral venues from the record.
- In need of a win, the Red Devils are winless in their previous three H2H matches with Everton (D2, L1), conceding at least once before HT in each of that trio. Yet, regardless of the opposition, they often strike late on when traveling, scoring four (57.14%) of their seven Premier League away goals this term after the 80th minute.
- Everton number 9 Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored seven goals in his previous six competitive matches, and he netted in this fixture against United last season.
- Back from suspension, United’s Anthony Martial has scored two goals in two UEFA Champions League matches in between his domestic spell on the sidelines.