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Everton vs Manchester United Match Preview: Kick-off Time, Team News, TV Channel and Score Prediction

This weekend will mark the last time Manchester United visit Goodison Park in the Premier League. Everton’s ground, especially when United visit, has always been home to a rampant atmosphere but this weekend could be the most hostile. The Toffees will take to the pitch for the first time since their 10-point deduction was announced. Perfect…

Competition: Premier League
Venue: Goodison Park
Kick Off: 16:30 UK Time
TV Channel: Sky Sports

How do Manchester United look?

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Erik ten Hag’s men actually return from the international break as the in-form team in the league. How you ask? Anyone who’s been following United this season at any great depth would struggle to tell you. However, with four wins in our last five, coming into this weekend of fixtures, no other side can boast a better return. The results are somewhat there, but performances are still leaving a lot to be desired.

In a bid to start to string together some decent performances, United won’t be helped by the plague of injuries that they’ve been forced to endure. While the trip to Everton will see Ten Hag’s side buoyed by the return of Luke Shaw, Rasmus Hojlund is 50/50 for the game. Ten Hag confirmed Mason Mount has sustained an injury and Christian Eriksen is also set for a spell on the sidelines. Mount and Eriksen will join a list of Casemiro, Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez who are also unavailable.

Marcus Rashford and Andre Onana both had injury scares during the international break but the pair are said to both be available for selection. Ten Hag will also be unavailable from the dugout. His suspension means he’ll look on from the stands as Mitchell van der Gaag takes the side.

Opposition: Everton

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Galvanised, riled, fired-up whatever siege mentality cliche you can think of, attribute it to the Everton we are likely to see this weekend. The Goodison faithful are set to display their anger at their punishment but have no doubt that Sean Dyche will be rallying his side for a supposed upset on Sunday evening.

In truth, Everton haven’t been terrible this season. Prior to the ban, they were 14th in the league and based on performances, they warranted a much more favourable league position. Now in 19th, the Toffees will be ready to take their fortunes back into their own hands and take all three points.

As for Everton team news, their most notable absentee will be Amadou Onana who picked up an injury on international duty.

Key Stats

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Everton’s only two victories in the last 19 competitive meetings against United came at home in the Premier League: 4-0 in April 2019 and 1-0 in April 2022. The Toffees could become the first team to lose 40 Premier League games to a single opponent this weekend. They and Spurs have both suffered 39 defeats against Manchester United.

Everton have earned 10 points from their last five games, a record only Manchester United (12) and Liverpool (11) can better. The Toffees can clinch consecutive league wins for the first time in 13 months.

United have registered three successive Premier League away wins for the first time since a run of 10 from June to December 2020. All three victories were against teams who begin the latest round of fixtures in the bottom six of the table. All seven of their league wins this season were by a one-goal margin.

Everton have scored an unrivalled five goals in the opening 15 minutes of Premier League games this season.

Prediction

After this international break, United have to pick up form if anything is to be gained for this season. While we are missing a number of first-team regulars, Luke Shaw’s return is a welcome one. Shaw is integral to how Erik ten Hag wants to play and having only had him fit for the opening two games of the season it’s clear to see while we’ve struggled. While Shaw doesn’t fix all of our problems he does make us a better team so I expect an improved United at Goodison Park.

Everton 1-3 Manchester United

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