United to edge closer to glory

Everton have not won at Old Trafford since 1992

League-leaders Manchester United host seventh-placed Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday with a chance of increasing their lead over Manchester City to eight points. The Citizens face Wolverhampton Wanderers later in the day and they will be looking to take advantage of any slip-ups from the Red Devils.

Long-term absentees Nemanja Vidic, Michael Owen and Anderson remain unavailable and Sir Alex Ferguson may opt to name an unchanged side from the team that beat Aston Villa last weekend. Nani, however, will be hoping for a recall to the starting line-up. Leighton Baines is a major doubt for the visitors but Steven Pienaar should return having been ineligible for the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Liverpool last week.

Everton have lost just two of their last 13 league games and have beaten Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Manchester City in the last three months. They currently hold a one-point advantage over rivals Liverpool and will be keen to maintain that lead as the fight for Merseyside bragging rights goes on.

United have won nine of their last 10 Premier League games and have conceded just one goal in their last seven. Everton, though, have the third-best defensive record in the league and will be difficult to break down having kept three clean sheets in their last four league games. Former Red Devil Tim Howard will no doubt play a crucial role if the Toffees are to take any points from Old Trafford on Sunday.

Nikica Jelavic has scored six goals in 11 games for the Toffees and Ladbrokes offer odds of 4/1 for the Croatian to score at any time during the game – Betfred offer just 5/2.

Everton have not won at Old Trafford since 1992 while United have won every one of their home league games since the turn of the year. For those reasons, it is difficult to make a case for anything other than a home win. William Hill offer best-priced odds of 4/11 for the Red Devils to prevail but the half-time/full-time markets may be worth considering. Though it is perhaps unrealistic to expect Everton’s stubborn defence to stop United from scoring at Old Trafford for the first time in 48 games, a first-half shutout is perfectly plausible. William Hill offer 7/2 for United to win after being level at half-time.

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Written By:- Richard Hodge (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 21/04/2012 - 14:59 PM
Filed in:- Man Utd Betting News, Manchester United, Everton


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