The FA Cup 3rd Round action gets underway this weekend and we have an all-Premier League tie to get things started. It’s Manchester United versus Everton in an 8pm GMT kick-off from Old Trafford on Friday evening. Two teams who are experiencing completely different results and performances since returning to action after Christmas go head-to-head in the greatest cup competition in the world. Read our preview below to find out our thoughts and FA Cup tips for this match.
Manchester United Betting Trends
Manchester United are beginning to enjoy life under head coach Erik Ten Hag. The former Ajax man has had to navigate his way through stormy seas including Cristiano Ronaldo becoming a rotten apple in the dressing room and Marcus Rashford breaching disciplinary regulations. It feels like his philosophy and approach to management is finally reaping rewards.
The Red Devils have picked up wins in 9 of their last 10 matches across all competitions and remain undefeated since domestic football returned after the break for the 2022 World Cup. Fans are now suggesting this season could be the club’s best chance of winning a trophy since 2017. Each of the team’s last four games have been victories with clean sheets. It has also been 8 home clean sheets in a row in all competitions.
Everton Betting Trends
Everton supporters will not be in quite as buoyant mood as their counterparts ahead of this game. Frank Lampard is coming under increasing pressure in his position with the club down in 18th place in the Premier League and inside the relegation zone on goal difference. The Toffees are now without a win in their last 7 matches across all competitions. The 4-1 defeat at home to Brighton was quite frankly embarrassing and the fans made it clear of their disapproval with a chorus of boos throughout the game.
The Merseyside club head into this game knowing they have now gone 6 away games across all competitions without a win including suffering 4 losses. The FA Cup has also not been kind to Everton in recent times. It’s now 4 defeats from their last 5 away ties in this competition. There is also the very worrying statistic that Everton have only scored 2 goals in their last 6 away matches in all competitions.
Man Utd vs Everton Betting Tips
If you had to pick two teams that were currently on contrasting trajectories right now then it would be Manchester United and Everton. The home side are beginning to gel under Ten Hag’s leadership. His firm man management and disciplined tactics have been crucial in turning the fortunes of United around. Compare that to Lampard who looks all at sea. I can only see this ending in a clean sheet win for United.
It will also be worth checking out Marcus Rashford as an anytime scorer bet. The England international was dropped from the starting XI for their 3-0 win over Bournemouth in mid-week but still managed to score when he came on as a substitute. It’s likely that Ten Hag could use this as an opportunity to give Rashford a chance to make amends. The man is brimming with confidence right now and you’d have to feel he’s a solid bet to score against this woeful Everton defence.
Manchester United to Win to Nil @ 5/4 with Betfair
Anytime Scorer: Marcus Rashford @ 21/10 with Bet365
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