Everton apparently begins to lose their momentum this season. Their positive campaign abruptly ended after the shocking loss to Southampton two weeks ago and James Rodriguez’s injury only makes it worse. Carlo Ancelotti is obliged to avoid their negative trend endure. Unfortunately, his team has to face off Manchester United which is also aiming for a victory to bounce back in their domestic campaign. It is crucial game for both teams.
The teams’ previous games
The Toffees suffered another defeat while visiting St.James’ Park. They were thumped by Newcastle 1-2. Charlie Wilson’s brace put them in two goals behind before Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored a consolation goal. They are now sitting on the fourth of the table.
The Red Devils, in fact, shared the same disappointing result while hosting Arsenal. Ole Solskjaer’s men were beaten 0-1 by Pierre Aubameyang’s penalty due to Paul Pogba’s tackle to Hector Bellerin in the six yard box.
The injury of James Rodriguez seems to be giving a bit of a hard time for Carlo Ancelotti to select his best starting IX, not to mention the suspension of Lucas Digne and Richarlison. Therefore, his 4-3-2-1 shall be modified to 4-2-3-1. Alex Iwobi who created an assist last weekend can get a nod as the winger alongside Bernard to provide crosses and passes to Dominic Calvert-Lewin while Gylfi Sigurdsson can occupy the number ten role.
Manchester United’s unusual performance in the Premier League this season, which is in contrast to their continental form, is something Solskjaer needs to fix immediately. Relying too much on Bruno Fernandes could be their main flaw which will be easily anticipated by their opponent. Thus, it is best to employ 4-3-3 again by featuring Rashford, Mason Greenwood on both flanks to support Edison Cavani as the targetman. The Uruguay international is the most reasonable option as Anthony Martial is still serving his suspension. Some other names ruled out for this fixture are Eric Baily, Phil Jones, Jesse Lindgard and Alex Telles.
Players to watch
Marcus Rashford seems to have his sealed berth in the starting IX. The English youngster has netted six goals plus made two assists in all competitions so far. Another notable name to watch is either Paul Pogba or Danny Van de Beek who is expected to lead the attack if Bruno Fernandes is closed down.
Meanwhile, Calvert-Lewin is definitely one of the Everton’s top performers with his eight goals so far. Another key man in the squad is the defender Michael Keane.
Everton vs Manchester United Prediction
The home side’s hope to secure three points here might not be easy as the visitors are also targeting the same. This match can be considered of the clash of two teams with the crisis of confidence in the domestic fixture. A draw seems fair for both sides.
According to the punters, Marcus Rashford and Co are still the favourite with the odds to win at 9/4, whereas Ancelotti’s men’s are only priced to win at 45/23. The odds for a draw result are at 13/5.