Everton

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Goodison Park

01/01/2018 | 5:30 pm

Manchester United

V

Goodison Park

01/01/2018 | 5:30 pm

In a sentence: We could be in for a belated Christmas cracker on New Year’s Day, as Everton welcome Manchester United to Goodison Park.

Last time: A late show from Jose Mourinho’s side turned a tight game into a 4-0 scoreline back in September. Antonio Valencia opened the scoring with a stunning half volley, before goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Everton old boy Romelu Lukaku and an Anthony Martial penalty put the gloss on United’s win.

This time: Manchester United are 7/10 for the win, while Everton are 26/5 and the draw is 14/5.

You might remember: All sorts. From a 4-4 draw at Old Trafford which effectively cost United the title in 2012, to Paul Rideout’s winner in the 1995 FA Cup final and Wayne Rooney kissing the United badge in front of the Goodison faithful in 2008, this fixture has had more than its fair share of thrills and spills.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Everton’s Wayne Rooney celebrates his second goal of the game

After the dismal start to the season under Ronald Koeman, Everton are now right back in the hunt for the Europa League places, which was the minimum target going into the campaign. Manchester United meanwhile start the new year with no chance of winning the title, and a spot in the top four the only motivation for the players apart from the cup competitions.

Everton are 26/5, and at this price the home win looks like a very tempting bet. Allardyce is yet to sample the bitter taste of defeat as Everton manager, prior to his team’s trip to the south coast to face Bournemouth. The Toffees are looking excellent defensively, conceding just two goals in the new manager’s first seven games in charge.

Manchester United are 7/10 to record a win that would go some way to easing the pain of a nightmare December. Few teams could’ve been expected to keep up with their all-conquering neighbours, but United supporters would’ve expected their team’s title challenge to at least be alive going into January.

The draw is 14/5, and perhaps a solid bet considering the air of dismay surrounding the visitors. Everton are tough to break down and United have often struggled against well organised defences this season, so a 0-0 scoreline could be appealing at 9/1. Having said that, there hasn’t been a goalless draw between these two for over 13 years, and 1-1 or 2-2 at 7/1 and 20/1 respectively are much more likely if the game ends with honours even.

Rooney is 7/2 to score against his old club, and as the former England captain is already into double figures in the Premier League this season, he’s a decent bet. If you think Rooney will create headlines by scoring the first goal of the game, the odds are 8/1 and you could count your winnings as you observe the extent of his celebrations.

Lukaku is 18/5 to open the scoring in front of his former fans, and 7/5 to find the back of the net at any point during the game. After refusing to celebrate his goals of late, the big Belgian is unlikely to go wild if he does find the target, but he’s sure to be over the moon to finally score an important goal in a big game.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Meeting in the middle. Everton drew their two games either side of Christmas 0-0, while United drew both of theirs 2-2. The price for the teams to meet in the middle and play out a 1-1 draw is 7/1.

 

2

We fancy:

Both teams to score at 15/13. While Allardyce has got Everton well drilled, United still have plenty of attacking talent in their ranks. The Reds keep suffering injuries at the back though and can’t name a settled defence, so Rooney and co could take advantage.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Rooney to score the only goal of the game at 45/1. He almost did it against Manchester City at the Etihad earlier in the season but for Raheem Sterling’s late equaliser. It’d be some story if Lukaku draws another blank while the man he replaced at United bagged the winner.

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Written by Oli Coates

Oli Coates is a huge sports fan, particularly football and especially Manchester United, who follows sports betting closely and has written extensively on the market. An experienced writer, Oli has covered everything from travel to how to care for your pets!