Everton vs Manchester United Match Preview

Venue: Goodison Park

Date: 12/04/2016

Kick-off: 16:00 (BST)

Match

Everton welcome Manchester United to Goodison Park on Sunday and the match is certainly one in which both teams will be desperate to claim all three points out of.

Everton’s terrible run of form continued after they suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat at the hands of Southampton last weekend and the Toffees currently find themselves in a streak of only one victory in their last eight matches.

Even Manchester United endured a very frustrating time last week after they were held to a 1-1 draw by West Ham United despite dominating the game and the result has seen the Red Devils fall further behind their rivals in the title race.

Due to the poor run of results, both teams will surely be keen on earning victory when they square off against each other on Sunday at Goodison Park and it will be interesting to see which side is able to come out on top.

Everton Team News

Everton have been handed a huge boost with the news that James McCarthy could be available for the clash but whether the Republic of Ireland star will start is an entirely different question.

Ronald Koeman is likely to persist with his preferred backline consisting of Seamus Coleman, Ashley Williams, Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines on the day, in front of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

In midfield, the trio of Idrissa Gueye, Gareth Barry and Tom Cleverley are expected to start while the attacking trio of Yannick Bolasie, Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley should start. The likes of Kevin Mirallas, Enner Valencia and Aaron Lennon remain the other options to choose from.

Manchester United Team News

Heading into the clash, Manchester United are without the suspended Wayne Rooney while the likes of Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling remain doubts as well.

David De Gea is the certain starter in goal while the backline should consist of Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Matteo Darmian.

In midfield Michael Carrick is most likely to make a return to the line up alongside Ander Herrerea and Paul Pogba and the wide positions are expected to be occupied by Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic leading the line.

Probable Lineups

Everton (Probable XI): Stekelenburg; Baines, Jagielka, Williams, Coleman; Gueye, Barry, Cleverley, Barkley, Bolasie; Lukaku

Manchester United (Probable XI): De Gea; Darmian, Jones, Rojo, Valencia; Carrick, Pogba, Herrera, Mata, Mkhitaryan; Ibrahimovic

Last Meeting

23/04/2016 Everton 1 – 2 Manchester United

03/04/2016 Manchester United 1 – 0 Everton

17/10/2015 Everton 0 – 3 Manchester United

Prediction

Manchester United squared off against Everton three times last season and the Red Devils were able to claim a victory on all three occasions.

Heading into Sunday’s clash though, it is difficult to ascertain which side is the favourite. Both teams are struggling with form at the moment but United perhaps have been playing a bit better and they might just have enough quality to emerge victorious on the day with a narrow margin.

Everton 1 – 2 Manchester United

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