Prediction and odds for the game: Manchester United (1/2) vs Everton (11/2)
We are backing the home win
When: Saturday, 6th February 2021, Kick-off 20:00
Where: Goodison Park
On Saturday night, Manchester United host Everton at Old Trafford, in a game that could prove massive in both the Premier League title race and European places.
The Red Devils bounced back from disappointing results against Sheffield United and Arsenal in dramatic style by hammering nine-man Southampton 9-0 at Old Trafford last time out. After a good run of form Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team’s form has slipped slightly of late, as they have now won just two of their previous five games in the Premier League.
Despite the recent slip-ups, United are still second place in the table, trailing leaders and arch-rivals Manchester City by three points. The Citizens do have a game in hand though.
United’s recent home form has been mostly positive apart from that slight blip against Sheffield United, as they have won four of their previous five home matches in the Premier League. The Red Devils home matches have certainly been goal-filled of late in the Premier League, with over 2.5 goals scored in four of their last five league matches at Old Trafford.
United have a good recent record against Everton, as they have suffered just one defeat in the last 14 meetings with the Toffees.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team are right in the mix for the European spots, despite an inconsistent recent run of form. The team from Merseyside is currently sixth-place, two points behind fifth-place and four points behind fourth-place Liverpool. However, the visitors have two games on hand on the two teams above them.
A 2-1 win at Leeds United last time out was only their second win in their last five league games, which illustrates the visitor’s frustration. The victory at Elland Road was Everton’s fourth straight away win in the Premier League, their last three all by a one-goal margin.
The Toffees have been better on their travels than on home soil of late. However, Old Trafford has become one of the Toffees boogey grounds, as Everton have won just twice at Manchester United during the Premier League era.
The visitors are likely to bring former Manchester United centre-back, Michael Keane, back into the starting line-up after he was benched last time out. Colombian star James Rodriguez will also be hoping for a return to the starting line-up.
This will by no means be an easy game for United in their title challenge, as Everton have shown their best form on their travels, with Ancelotti showing his tactical acumen. We are predicting that the home side will record a narrow victory in a low-scoring, tight affair.
Verdict: We are backing the home team at odds of 1/2 and/or under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 6/5. (All odds are taken from Bet365)[geosnippet id=3620]
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