The Easter weekend action in the Premier League kicks off with the 12:30pm BST kick-off on Saturday afternoon between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford. The home side need a win to consolidate their place in the top four but they face a visiting team battling relegation but who are unbeaten in their last 4 league matches.
So, let’s dive into the key football tips, trends, and analysis to get the edge over the bookie for this lunch time kick off.
Ten Hag Demands More From Goal Threats
It was a relief for United manager Erik ten Hag to see his team return to winning ways in the 1-0 home victory over Brentford in midweek. However, the Dutchman has stated he is fully aware that his team have become over-reliant on the goal-scoring prowess of Marcus Rashford and he wants other players to start getting on the score sheet. The England international bagged the winner on Wednesday night and is listed at 6/5 as an anytime scorer with Unibet and 7/2 to score first with Paddy Power for this game.
United are in 4th place in the league table now and even though they are 3 points ahead of 5th positioned Tottenham with a game in hand they still have to contend with the dark horses such as Brighton and Aston Villa behind them who are enjoying some superb results lately. The club are still priced at 2/7 with Boylesports to finish in the top four. That win in midweek may have ended a winless run of 3 league games but the Red Devils have still been in fine form at home in the league this season. It’s now 13 home league games unbeaten this season. In fact, they haven’t lost at Old Trafford in the league since that opening weekend 2-1 loss to Brighton.
Dyche Turning Toffees Fortunes Around
Whatever has gone wrong at Everton over the past few years, one thing you can’t deny is that their managerial appointments have always been impressive. Past appointments have included Ronald Koeman, Marco Silva, and Carlo Ancelotti. Sean Dyche is the latest of those appointments and, unlike his predecessors, he appears to be fulfilling the promise of his arrival.
The Toffees are now undefeated in 4 league matches and climbing up to 16th place as they aim to avoid relegation this season. Dyche took over a severely demoralised and under-performing team but has tightened up the back-line making them a much tougher side to beat. It has helped that he’s had a couple of familiar faces in ex-Burnley players James Tarkowski, Michael Keane, and Dwight McNeil in the squad. The Merseyside club are now available at 9/4 to be relegated with SpreadEx with teams such as Leicester, Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest, and Southampton more fancied for the drop.
United Dominating The H2H
Both teams have put their respective fan bases through tough times over the past few years but there is a feeling that the worst times are now behind them. United are looking like a side that can once again challenge and win trophies. Everton have a resilient manager at the helm whom you would think can evolve the team into a top-half-performing side once more. However, it’s the Manchester side who dominate the head-to-head record with Dyche’s club only managing 1 win from the last 9 meetings in all competitions. Everton also haven’t picked up a victory at Old Trafford since 4th December, 2013 when they squeezed a 1-0 win in the league.
Manchester United vs Everton Betting Tips
It’s always tough to call a game between two teams that you feel are in the ascendancy. We have reached that stage of the season where the stakes feel higher. The pressure is cranked up. It’s “squeaky bum time” as Sir Alex Ferguson famously called it. Despite both teams being much improved on previous campaigns, I still feel United hold the edge here. Everton will be tough to break down.
However, both teams have scored in 7 of the last 9 meetings between the two teams and this fixture has seen BTTS come in for the last 5 encounters played at this venue. The absence of the suspended Casemiro could continue to leave United exposed defensively so I wouldn’t be surprised to see the away side grab a goal here but it likely won’t be enough.
Manchester United to Win & BTTS @ 12/5 with William Hill
Anytime Scorer: Marcus Rashford @ 5/4 with Unibet
All odds are correct at the time of writing.
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