Manchester United v Everton: Match Preview

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United v Everton

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

KO: 12:30 (GMT), Sunday 22nd April 2012

Referee: Mike Jones

By Paul Bienkowski

Manchester United are still 5 points clear at the top of the league after defeating Aston Villa 4-0. They now have a challenging match against David Moyes Everton side who were recently knocked out of the FA Cup by local rivals, Liverpool.

Providing United win in the lunchtime kick off, they could be 8 points clear of Manchester City, before they play their match against Wolves at the Molyneux. This could help keep the pressure on City and they might even reach breaking point before the Manchester derby on Monday week.

Everton have been a good side in the league this season, currently holding 7th place, which is where they finished last season with 54 points. Could they help City in the title race by blowing it open before the derby, or will United prove too strong for the Everton side that now no longer have anything to play for this season, apart from their reputation!

I expect Sir Alex Ferguson to field the same side he did against Aston Villa, but I would replace Ashley Young with Nani as he looked like a player in form when he came on last week.  Antonio Valencia and Paul Scholes will be the men to watch out for, with Wayne Rooney hopefully picking up some great form to end the season and start to achieve his goal to break the scoring record set by Sir Bobby Charlton. If Wayne Rooney scores one more goal tomorrow, he will equal the tally set by both George Best and Dennis Viollet. Still talking about scoring records, Ryan Giggs is currently level with the 163 goals scored by Mark Hughes, so one more goal from him and he will be the highest scoring Welshman to play for Manchester United.

Tomorrow I expect a tough game for United as Everton very rarely roll over, but I do expect United to take all 3 points and keep the pressure on City. A loss for City tomorrow will see them 8 points behind; a draw will see them 7 points behind, which will set United in a good position for the derby next Monday as they will only need a point to win the Barclays Premier League for a 13th time in 20 seasons and a total of 20 league titles!!!

Javier Hernandez who scored the only goal against Everton back in October 2011

Match Facts – Manchester United

  • Last 10 league game form – WLWWWWWWWW
  • Last 5 league home game form – WWWWW
  • Last 5 home games they have taken 15 points out of 15
  • Scored 23 goals in their last 10 league games, conceding 4
  • Top scorer in the league is Wayne Rooney on 24 goals
  • Have great form in the Premier League against Everton, scoring 82 goals,  (4 own goals) conceding 31 and only losing 3 & drawing 6 times, winning 16 times at Old Trafford in 19 previous matches
  • 6 clean sheets in their last 10 league games, 4 at Old Trafford in last 5 home games
  • Score an average of 2.41 goals per game and concede 0.82 goals per game
  • Achieved a clean sheet in 53% of their games
  • David De Gea has had 12 clean sheets in the Barclays Premier League this season
  • 1st in the Barclays Premier League with 82 points
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjær has scored the 7 goals for United against Everton, the most of any United player since the Premier League started
  • Wayne Rooney has only scored twice against his former club

Match Facts – Everton

  • Last 10 league game form – WDWWLLWDWD
  • Last 5 league home game form – DWLDD
  • Last 5 away games they have taken 6 points out of 15
  • Scored 15 goals in their last 10 league games & conceded 8
  • Top scorer in the league is Victor Abichebe on 5 goals
  • Beaten Manchester United 3 times in the Premier League
  • 5 clean sheets in their last 10 league games
  • Score an average of 1.15 goals per game and concede 1.03 goals per game
  • Have achieved a clean sheet in 30% of their games
  • Tim Howard has had 10 clean sheets in the Barclays Premier League this season
  • 7th in the Barclays Premier League table with 47 points

Team News – Manchester United

De Gea, Amos, Rafael, Fabio, Evra, Smalling, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Carrick, Cleverley, Scholes, Nani, Giggs, Park, Young, Valencia, Rooney, Welbeck, Hernandez, Berbatov

Injuries/Doubts: Vidic, Pogba, Anderson, Fletcher, Lindegaard, Owen

Star Man: Paul Scholes

Team News – Everton

Howard, Hahnemann, Heitinga, Jagielka, Distin, Hibbert, Neville, Coleman, Felaini, Osman, Gibson, Anichebe, Jelavic, Gueye, Duffy, McFadden, Stracqualursi, Mucha, Pienaar, Cahill

Injuries/Doubts: Drenthe, Baines, Rodwell

Star Man:

Match Prediction: Manchester United 3 – 0 Everton

By Paul Bienkowski

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