Prediction and odds: Manchester United (4/9) vs Everton (13/2)
We’re backing Draw/Man United (HT/FT) at 3/1
When: Friday, 6th January 2022 – 8pm KO (GMT)
Where: Old Trafford
Chelsea will attempt to get their season back on track when they battle the reigning Premier League champions Manchester City this week.
Manchester United fans are starting to believe something special could happen this season. They may not win a trophy, but there’s every chance in the world they could – especially now that Erik ten Hag has found a system that works. The football isn’t always particularly attractive but that doesn’t matter when you’re getting results, which they’ve been doing ever since Cristiano Ronaldo walked out of the door.
The Red Devils forced their way into the quarter-finals of the League Cup with a confident 2-0 win over a strong Burnley side. They went on to beat Nottingham Forest 3-0 and in the immediate aftermath, they went to Molineux and beat Wolves 1-0. If that wasn’t enough, they repeated their 3-0 success against Bournemouth, solidifying themselves as a team that could push even higher than their fourth place target.
Everton have to dig deeper than they have in a long time if they want to maintain their Premier League status. Sure, we aren’t even half way through the season yet, but things are already looking fairly bleak given their situation. Getting out Frank Lampard is the easy option but even if they do, the priority needs to be fixing the way in which the first team is playing, because it’s not even close to what they should be capable of right now.
A Boxing Day defeat at the hands of Wolves was hard for the Toffees to take, given that they actually played quite well and had their fair share of chances. Then, against all the odds, they nabbed a point from Manchester City on New Year’s Eve to give themselves real hope for the weeks ahead. Unfortunately, that didn’t last long as they were put to the sword in a 4-1 humbling at home to Brighton.
The FA Cup is a special competition and third round weekend always produces a few surprises. Still, while Everton did manage an impressive display against City just down the road, it feels like their big priority is still going to be on maintaining their place in the top flight.
As such, we think they’ll fall away against United after initially providing strong resistance in the first half. The hosts will use some of their fresh fringe players to really get at the visitors, pinning them back before scoring two goals that will ensure they remain right in the hunt in both cup competitions – for the time being, at least.
Our tips (all taken from bet365): Draw/Man United (HT/FT) at 3/1 + under 2.5 goals at 1/1[geosnippet id=3620]
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