Everton welcome Manchester United in the Premier League’s early kickoff match on Saturday at the Goodison Park.
After a hot start to this season’s Premier League campaign, Everton have gone a bit cold, failing to win any of their last three league games, losing the last two to Southampton and Newcastle. Their promising performances in the league has been as a result of their largely successful summer transfers that saw them bringing in James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure to supplement their already talented squad.
The Toffes will be looking to get back to winning ways against a Manchester United side that has blown hot and cold this season and look increasingly fragile after losing their last two games too.
Ancelotti will however still have to do it without the suspended Richarlison who has been badly missed in this rough patch they have been going through.
Manchester United have struggled to get some consistency to start the season putting up wildly diabolical performances from one game to the next. They seemed to have turned the corner following a 6-1 loss to Tottenham at Old Trafford with impressive away wins over Newcastle and PSG in the Champions League and a 5-0 demolition of RB Leipzig in the Champions League.
However, last weekend’s loss at home to Arsenal and the midweek defeat at Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League have served to highlight the deeper issues, particularly in defence, that have plagued them for the better part of the season so far.
Pressure is mounting on Ole Gunnar Soilskjaer with reports suggesting that Mauricio Pochettino has been approached as his possible replacement. He has previously saved his best performances when his back is against the wall and it will be interesting to see how he will navigate this current crisis.
Both of these teams have struggled defensively to start the season. Everton have only kept one clean sheet in their seven league games and have conceded 2 or more goals in 5 of those 7 games. Jordan Pickford has been making schoolboy errors in goals, forcing Ancelotti to drop him in the trip to Newcastle. Manchester United have been no better. They’ve also kept only one clean sheet in the league – the goalless draw against Chelsea – and have in fact conceded even more goals than their hosts, with one fewer game. We feel there will be goals galore in this game and we are going for Over 2.5 goals @ 1.72 with Bet9ja as our first betting tip.
One reassuring thing for United is they have performed better in their travels in the league than at home. They are unbeaten in their last 9 away league matches and have actually won the last six. With Everton still missing key players or just getting them back from injury, we feel there is an opportunity here for United to get something from this game and we are backing them to win or draw the game @ 1.38 with Bet9ja betting app as our final betting tip here.
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