Premier League Betting Preview: Everton vs. Manchester United – Sunday, March 1, 2020

by Boris Angelov | February 28, 2020 |

Unbeaten in their last seven games, Manchester United (+173 @ BetOnline) are set for a tricky encounter with Carlo Ancelotti's Toffees (+153 @ BetOnline) at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Sunday, 1 March 2020. 

Everton will be keen to bounce back after a 3-2 defeat at Arsenal, but they take on an in-form Manchester United side and Carlo Ancelotti will hope to reap the benefits of his experience. 

The Red Devils enjoyed one of their best performances of the season when they eased past Club Brugge in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 on Thursday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men won 5-0 and will now face LASK Linz in the round of 16, but until then, they have several important domestic games. 

Everton Betting Preview 

Following only their second defeat in 12 Premier League matches, Carlo Ancelotti's men must prepare themselves for a challenging schedule over the next few weeks. Their next three games are against Manchester United (home), Chelsea (away) and Liverpool (home), with back-to-back matches against Leicester City (home) and Tottenham Hotspur (away) to come in April.

The Toffees could regret about their 3-2 defeat at Arsenal last weekend as they had more than enough chances to leave North London with a point. Nevertheless, Everton continue to wait for their first away win against Arsenal since January 1996.

Even though Everton are in the bottom half of the table (11th), they are just five points behind their opponents, who are fifth, and a win on Sunday would boost their hopes of a late-season surge.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (12 goals in 25 EPL matches) has scored seven times in nine Premier League games since Ancelotti's arrival, having netted seven in his previous 31 matches before the Italian took charge. The last Englishman to score more in a single campaign for The Toffees was Paul Rideout, who scored 14 goals in 1994-95.

Richarlison (10 goals in 25 EPL matches) has scored four goals in his last five Premier League matches, including in each of Everton's last two games. 

Theo Walcott should be available for Carlo Ancelotti's game plan, but the Italian has confirmed that left-back Lucas Digne will undergo a late fitness test ahead of the game. 

Djibril Sidibe and skipper Seamus Coleman compete for a starting spot at right-back, while either Mason Holgate or the Manchester United Academy graduate Michael Keane will start at centre-back alongside Yerry Mina.

Meanwhile, Ancelotti has hinted that Andre Gomes could make his first start for the Merseyside Blues less than four months after suffering a terrible injury in the 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur.

Defensive midfielders Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Morgan Schneiderlin are both injured, as the latter won't be able to face his former club. 

Manchester United Betting Preview 

The Red Devils conceded just one goal as a foundation of their seven-game unbeaten run and will be looking to continue with their defensive stability at the Goodison Park on Sunday. However, United have been largely inconsistent in their Premier League away games, winning only four times in 13 matches (losing six) this season. 

Anyway, United are in superb form at the moment, having won a European game by a five-goal margin for the first time since November 2013, when they beat Bayer Leverkusen 5-0 in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Manchester United are only three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea but they also have a fallback plan. The spectacular 5-0 midweek victory in the Europa League will get supporters wondering whether they can again lit the trophy they won under Jose Mourinho in 2017 – and the Champions League place that comes with it.

Scott McTominay made his first start since the Boxing Day triumph over Newcastle United as the Scotsman recovered from a knee injury that ruled him out for nearly two months. He is now competing with experienced Nemanja Matic for the central midfield spot alongside Fred, who scored two goals and assisted one against Club Brugge in midweek, after managing just a single goal and three assists in his previous 59 appearances.

Bruno Fernandes is the first Portuguese to score in back-to-back appearances for Manchester United in all competitions since Nani in April 2012. Since his debut, the 25-years-old midfielder has provided more assists (2), had more shots (10), and created more chances (seven) than any other Manchester United player in the Premier League. 

Marcus Rashford (14 goals in 22 EPL matches) is injured as the England forward could even miss the upcoming European Championship this summer.  

Anthony Martial, who scored in each of his last three appearances, suffered an injury in training and missed the midweek Europa League game as a result, but the Frenchman is also a doubt for Sunday's visit of Everton.

If Martial is not ready to start, transfer deadline day signing Odion Ighalo could get the nod. The Nigerian performed well and managed to open his account for the 20-time champions of England as he scored the second goal against Club Brugge to become the first African to score for The Red Devils since center-back Eric Bailly in August 2017 against Swansea in the Premier League. 

However, Rashford and Martial have scored 35 goals combined in all competitions and the responsibility to score goals now falls to either Mason Greenwood or to Ighalo, as Solskjaer must choose between one of them.

Eric Bailly has impressed in his first two appearances after a long spell on the sidelines and the Ivorian centre-back could challenge Victor Lindelof's spot.

In addition to Rashford's injury, Lee Grant and Paul Pogba are other long-term absentees, while Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Axel Tuanzebe both lack match fitness and won't be in contention for the weekend.

Possible Starting Lineups of Everton and Manchester United 

Everton: Jordan Pickford – Lucas Digne, Mason Holgate, Yerry Mina, Seamus Coleman – Alex Iwobi, Andre Gomes, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Theo Walcott – Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison. (4-4-2) 

Manchester United: David de Gea – Brandon Williams, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Aaron Wan-Bissaka – Fred, Scott McTominay – Daniel James, Bruno Fernandes, Juan Mata – Odion Ighalo. (4-2-3-1) 

Betting Prediction 

Everton have won the majority of their points at Goodison Park (24 of 36) and The Toffees have also won four of their last seven Premier League home games against Manchester United, including a memorable 4-0 victory last season.

Carlo Ancelotti's men are slight favorites to win the game but we must seriously consider Manchester United's current momentum, as they strive to build on their latest results. In fact, the Red Devils are aiming to win three successive Premier League games for the first time since January 2019 and their scoring form (United have scored 11 goals in their last four games in all competitions) suggests they're capable of scoring even without Rashford. 

Spooky Express Free Pick: Over 2½ Goals +100 @ BetOnline for 5/10 Units

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