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Everton vs Manchester United prediction and odds: Back Reds to edge tight Goodison encounter

Published on: 07 October 2022

Everton will fancy their chances of giving Manchester United a proper game when the two sides meet in a rare Sunday 7pm kick-off.

The hosts are understandably outsiders at 5/2 with Betway but they face a United side that have lost eight out of their last ten away games in the league and there will be plenty that want to be against United at 21/20 for this fixture.

It's hard to know what sort of United will turn up here given what happened at the Etihad last weekend. Any team can get steamrolled by City right now but the attitude of some of the United players, particularly the offensive ones, was worrying. They basically looked like they didn't want to be there, and that suggests Erik ten Hag still has a lot to do if he is to turn this side into title contenders.

The form of Jadon Sancho is particularly worrying and it would not be any surprise were he to be benched on Sunday. Ten Hag has the option of playing Rashford on the left and Anthony Martial down the middle. It looks almost certain that Martial, who has scored three goals in two substitute appearances in the last seven days, will start.

Frank Lampard is beginning to get to grips with this Everton side who are now unbeaten in their last six games although their underlying xG numbers suggest they have more points than they ordinarily would. Goals have been in short supply at Goodison this term, so much so that only one of their four home games has produced more than one goal.

Defensively, there is no doubt that Everton are an improved side this term which is in no small part down to the acquisition of Conor Coady and James Tarkowski, but Southampton missed a stack of decent chances against them last weekend (22 efforts on Everton's goal in total) and the Toffees might not be as fortunate given the quality of attacking player at United's disposal.

Given how games at Goodison have played out this season, going low on goals looks the way to go and this might not be pretty. United are clearly still well short of where they need to be but Martial looks sharp and he can ignite some much-needed energy into the offensive unit and that could be a decisive factor.

Everton have only scored two goals at home this season and Lampard is working with some pretty mediocre attacking talent so United's defence might not get the going over they have often done in this fixture. With that in mind, the best angle here looks to be backing a low-scoring United win.

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Source: m.allfootballapp.com

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