Manchester United recently landed a comfortable home win over the Terriers in a Premier League clash at Old Trafford. However, they head out to the John Smith’s in the FA Cup on the weekend, the scene of their first Premier League away defeat this season. Still, with the names that they could have pulled out of the hat, this still looks a great draw for Jose Mourinho’s men who will be expecting their name to be in the quarter-final draw.
Man Utd 4/11, Draw 15/4, Huddersfield 17/2* (Betting Odds taken on February 9th, 2018 at 11:19 p.m.)
Manchester United produced a poor performance out at Newcastle on Sunday to take a 1-0 loss to the Magpies. That threw the top four race in the top flight wide open. The Red Devils head out on the road in the FA Cup on the weekend to the John Smiths. They have already lost their this season in a shock league upset. The Red Devils are W6 L2 in their last eight games in all competitions and in the FA Cup so far they have seen off Derby and Yeovil without having conceded a goal. Manchester United to win to nil at Unibet is trading at 11/10 odds* (Betting Odds taken on February 11th, 2018 at 5:36 p.m.). Each of United’s last three wins against Huddersfield have been with a clean sheet. The Red Devils had that disappointing league crash out at Newcastle on the weekend and that is back to back away defeats they have suffered now. United are actually only W3 D1 L3 in their last seven games away from Old Trafford. Still, in the Unibet correct score market, the shortest priced option is a Manchester United 2-0 at 6/1* (Betting Odds taken on February 11th, 2018 at 5:42 p.m.).
So there has been one win each between the two of these this season. Their game at the John Smith’s back in October was the first meeting between the two clubs since the 1971/72 season so it had been a while. In the FA Cup, there have only been the three previous meetings with the Red Devils 2-1 up from those. The most recent meeting in the FA Cup was back in 1963 with United winning 5-0 at home.
The Terriers have taken just the one win in their last six games in all competitions now (over 90 minutes) and that was a thumping 4-1 victory in the Premier League over Bournemouth on Sunday. After a 1-1 home draw against Championship strugglers Birmingham in the last round of the FA Cup, the Terriers need extra time to get past the Blues at the second time of asking at St Andrew’s. The Terriers had beaten Bolton in the third round. So things get really tough for them now and they are not in great winning form at home. Their win over Bournemouth on the weekend snapped a six-match winless home streak of form (D3 L3) and during that spell, they have conceded at least three goals in each of those three defeats. To their credit, although they are not a high-scoring side they have netted in all but two of their last eleven home fixtures. Both teams to score at Unibet is at even money odds* (Betting Odds taken on February 11th, 2018 at 5:42 p.m.). They will be going as heavy underdogs in this one and will need to call on that great fighting spirit that they have.
Manchester United are not likely going to let this fixture slip away from them. They did a good job at Old Trafford recently against the Terriers and can follow that up with a success in this one out on the road. Back Manchester United to win to nil as Huddersfield probably won’t have enough to hurt them.
13th February 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
The positives for Newcastle is that they aren’t losing as much lately, however, they can’t find a winning touch to ease their relegation pressures and there is a tough game ahead of them on the weekend as they welcome Manchester United to St James’ Park. The Red Devils snapped back from their loss against Spurs with a comfortable win over Huddersfield on the weekend to strengthen their chance of a second place finish.
Manchester United 11/20, Draw 3/1, Newcastle 5/1* (Betting Odds taken on February 6th, 2018 at 7:45 p.m.)
Newcastle have only suffered the one defeat in their last six league matches now and that lone defeat happened away at Man City. So from that perspective it’s not been bad but they haven’t done enough winning to ease relegation concerns at all. They have picked up just the one victory in their last seven league matches now in the Premier League. Their home record has only seen them win three times too with a W3 D4 L6 return which isn’t much to get excited about but they are on a three-match sequence of drawn matches there at the moment. Newcastle have drawn three of their last four league games by a 1-1 scoreline and that is going to carry big odds of 7/1 at William Hill and the shortest priced option in the market is at 11/2* (Betting Odds taken on February 6th, 2018 at 7:45 p.m.). Newcastle have failed to win any of their last eight league home games and all season at St James’ Park have managed only eleven goals. Defensively they haven’t been too bad really with only the 15 conceded in 13. They are going to be somewhat vulnerable at the back of course and haven’t taken a clean sheet in any of their last four league outings and they have shipped in 77% of their home games. Four of their six home defeats this season have been by a one-goal margin only. No-one has picked up fewer home points than they have done this season in the Premier League.
Manchester United snapped back from their big disappointment against Spurs at Wembley as they rolled out a home win over Huddersfield last weekend. Out on the road, the Red Devils are W7 D3 L3 on their travels this season and the loss at Spurs snapped a very good six-match unbeaten streak of form that they were on away from Old Trafford (W5 D1). In total Manchester, United have returned 22 goals away from home this season in the top flight at a great average of 1.7 per game and that is something that should have Newcastle under pressure. Each of United’s last three away games have seen less than three goals and under 2.5 goals at William Hill is up at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken on February 6th, 2018 at 7:45 p.m.). Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez (who got his first goal for his new club last weekend) are the joint-shortest priced options to consider in the first goalscorer market. Manchester United have picked up a clean sheet in their last two away victories and Manchester United to win to nil looks a pretty good option to roll with as they boast the best defence in the top flight heading into the weekend.
Newcastle were on the wrong end of a 4-1 scoreline at Old Trafford back in November and they are winless in their last six games against the Red Devils in the Premier League now (D1 L5). So the head to head form isn’t there but he did hold out for a thrilling 3-3 draw in this corresponding fixture from the 2015/16 season. However, they are just W1 L3 in their last four Premier League home games against the Red Devils. Manchester United have scored at least three goals in four of their last six games against the Magpies.
Newcastle just don’t have the quality at the moment in them to land a victory in this one and they don’t look likely to collect a point out of the fixture. So settle for a Manchester United to win to nil wager, they are strong enough and professional enough to do the job.
8th February 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Red Devils were very poor in a loss at Tottenham in midweek as they just never competed in the match at all. They will be pretty happy to get back on home soil on the weekend where they have a winnable match ahead of them. The Terriers though because the first side this season to inflict an away defeat on Manchester United this season as they landed a 2-1 home win over the Red Devils. It would be massive for them if they could do the unlikely and best the Red Devils again.
Manchester United 1/7, Draw 7/1, Huddersfield 25/1* (Betting Odds taken on February 1st, 2018 at 00:51 a.m.)
Manchester United were really poor, probably the poorest they have been this season in a 2-0 loss out at Spurs. The lack of fight from them was pretty embarrassing. Still, they get back to a winnable home match you would imagine at Old Trafford on the weekend where they face Huddersfield. However, the Red Devils have only won one of their last three on home soil, having been held to draws against Burnley and Southampton, before landing a 3-0 win over Stoke in their last home fixture. Overall they still boast a great home record of W9 D2 L1 in the Premier League this season and they have only conceded the five goals. Manchester United to win to nil at Ladbrokes has big appeal for the game at 4/7. The Red Devils have averaged 2.25 goals per game this season at Old Trafford and have picked up a clean sheet in 75% of their games. They haven’t conceded in their last two there and in the correct score market, a Manchester United 2-0 is the shortest-priced option available. They have to be better than they were down at Wembley.
The Terriers suffered a 3-0 loss at home against Liverpool in midweek and that was their fourth straight defeat in the Premier League. The number of goals that they are conceding now is pretty alarming as they have shipped a total of twelve goals in their last four games and in response have managed just the one themselves. Huddersfield have failed to score in four of their last five Premier League games now. So they are struggling and relegation worries are very real at the moment. Away from home they are winless in three (D1 L2) and have not scored in either of their last two, those being losses at Leicester and Liverpool. In total, they have only managed the eight away goals all season and now they have conceded at an average rate of 2 goals per away game. They are really feeling the heay now and are winless in their last seven league matches home and away. The only positive you can look at is their shock 2-1 home victory over United back in October. But with eight away defeats under their belt, this season than a repeat performance of that stunning result looks unlikely to turn up on the weekend.
United have won three of their last four home games against Huddersfield (D1) so they have that positive going for them. Manchester United are actually unbeaten in fourteen games at Old Trafford against the Terriers. It was the Terriers who came out on top when the two met earlier in the season though but that is their only win in their last twelve against the Red Devils in all competitions now.
This should be pretty routine for Manchester United back on home soil as the away form of the Terriers isn’t there at the moment. They are unlikely to complete the double over United this season and Manchester United to win to nil looks a solid option.
2nd February 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The draw for the fifth round of the FA Cup made on Monday was pretty kind to the Premier League sides left scrapping it out for the famous silverware this season. The big guns in the draw all managed to avoid each other and from the draw, there should be a heavy presence of Premier League representatives knocking around the quarter finals.
Manchester United would be unfazed about having to face the winner of the Huddersfield/Birmingham replay, while Chelsea will be happy at taking on Championship strugglers Hull at Stamford Bridge. Manchester City, who are firm favourites at Unibet for the Cup make a trip to League One leaders Wigan, while Tottenham if they get past Newport in their replay would have a trip to Millwall or Rochdale.
Leicester also received a handy draw as they face up to Championship Sheffield United at the King Power, while Swansea would go to the out-of-sorts Sheffield Wednesday if they can grind their way past Notts County in their fourth-round replay. Brighton gets a home game against League Two side, Coventry. That leaves one all-Premier League clash of West Brom v Southampton from the Hawthorns.
Man City 5/2, Man Utd 7/2, Chelsea 7/2, Tottenham 5/1, Leicester 14/1, Southampton 25/1, Brighton 50/1, West Brom 50/1, 100/1 bar* (Betting odds taken January 28th, 2018 at 8:16 p.m.)
Sheffield Wednesday v Notts County/Swansea
West Brom v Southampton
Chelsea v Hull
Leicester v Sheffield United
Huddersfield/Birmingham v Manchester United
Millwall/Rochdale v Newport County or Tottenham
Brighton v Coventry
Wigan v Manchester City
30th January 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
This is a game of high importance for Spurs as they look to make up ground on the top four. The Lilywhites start the next round of matches in fifth place and trailing second-placed Manchester United by eight points. So there’s a lot of work for Spurs to do still but taking three points off the Red Devils would be a huge bonus for them. United though are on a good unbeaten streak of form, just like Spots are. Tottenham are 5/4 at Paddy Power for the win, with the draw at 11/5 and Manchester United at 23/10* (Betting Odds taken on January 28th, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.)
Spurs have put together a six-match unbeaten streak in the Premier League (W4 D2) but they have had a couple of struggles lately. Recent 1-1 draws against West Ham and Southampton were a real surprise and then they were poor out at Notts County in the FA Cup on the weekend, having to rescue a replay by a 1-1 draw. Spurs though are unbeaten in their last eleven Premier League home games, winning seven of their last nine there, so they have been going well at Wembley. They have scored at least two goals in four of their last five on home soil. Overall they have netted 26 home goals in their campaign and Harry Kane has ten of those. Kane is the Paddy Power first goalscorer favourite at 10/3 for the game* (betting odds taken on January 28th, 2018 at 10:12 p.m.). The Lilywhites have conceded only the one goal in their last three at home against United and they have conceded just nine home goals this season which is an average of 0.75 per game against. This will likely end up being a low scoring game and under 2.5 goals has some good appeal for the fixture. You know there will be an emphasis on defence coming from the visitors. Tottenham have scored in each of their last twelve league games and have scored in 92% of their home matches.
Given the state of play in the league table would Manchester United be happy with a point? Probably. They are in good form and a pretty solid option for a top-four finish as it stands. They are unbeaten in their last eight league games and have won their last three on the trot as well. They have four clean sheets under their belt in a row as well so they are going strong, even if their performance are far from being high octane and flowing. They have won their last two away games and they are unbeaten in their last six on the road as well. Overall their away form is W7 D3 L2 for the season, and they have averaged 1.8 goals per game on their travels. In the Paddy Power correct score market, a 1-1 draw is a shortest-priced option at 11/2 and the Red Devils have scored in each of their last six away games. Anthony Martial has netted in the last two road games for United and in each of his last three home and away so he has hit a bit of form. The two defeats that Jose Mourinho’s men have suffered this season were both one-goal margin losses against Huddersfield and Chelsea. They have scored in 83% of their road games and will cause Spurs some nervy moments of course.
Tottenham are on a five-match unbeaten streak of Premier League form at home against the Red Devils, winning two of those. They have won their last two on home soil against United but the Lilywhites suffered a 1-0 loss at Old Trafford earlier this season. Both teams have scored in just one of the last seven games between these two in the top flight and Tottenham have failed to score in five of those seven matches against Manchester United.
Spurs really need a result in this one to avoid getting cut further adrift from the top four in the league. The Lilywhites have been going well on home soil and they have to take the game to the visitors as this is a huge opportunity for them. Back the home side to get the points. Sheer initiative may win the day.
29th January 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
League Two side Yeovil have drawn a wonderful FA Cup fourth round tie for themselves as they get the glamour home tie against Manchester United, something that every lower tier club dreams of. It has been a long journey to get to this stage and now thoughts turn to a giant killing act. Manchester United are red-hot favourites to get through the tie though of course, even if they don’t send out their strongest starting eleven. Manchester United are 1/6 at bet365 to get the win with the draw at 6/1 and Yeovil out at a big 16/1 for the upset.* (Betting Odds taken on January 22nd, 2018 at 7:57 p.m.)
It will be a wonderful night out of the Glovers regardless of what actually happens in the game. Yeovil are just above the drop zone in League Two and they have struggled all season for any kind of consistent form, positive form that is. So this FA Cup run which they are on this season has been great for them, a bit of relief away from their league struggles. The Glovers have come a long way to get here, opening with a home win over Southend, before needing a replay to get past Port Vale In the second round replay. They then had a great time on home soil at Huish Park as they beat out Bradford in the last round. So it’s been great for them and this is the cherry on the cake. Yeovil’s big struggles this season have been at the back and currently they have the joint second-worst defensive record in this season’s League Two so are likely to ship goals.
The dream for them would be getting a goal on the board themselves. Well, they have scored in each of their last six home games across all competitions and they have actually only failed to score in one of their last fifteen fixtures at Huish Park. A bold both teams to score wager at bet365 comes in at 4/7 odds for the game* (Betting Odds taken on January 22nd, 2018 at 7:57 p.m.). This won’t be the first time that Yeovil have met Manchester United. The two of them came together in the 2014/15 FA Cup third round at Huish Park and the Red Devils collected a calm 2-0 victory. That made it three wins from three for Manchester United over Yeovil, all of the previous meetings being FA Cup clashes. Yeovil will be looking for their first ever goal against the Red Devils.
Manchester United to win to nil at bet365 is at 8/11 odds* (Betting Odds taken on January 23rd, 2018 at 7:08 p.m.). Games like this are never particularly easy for big clubs, but it is just about game management and doing a professional job for Jose Mourinho’s men. They have already lost their chance at the EFL Cup this season so they should be pretty dialled in, even if they don’t go all out and field their strongest starting eleven. They will be expected to have the depth to get through this without too many troubles. A Manchester United/Manchester United half time/full time option at bet365 is at 1/2* (Betting Odds taken on January 23rd, 2018 at 7:08 p.m.). Manchester United have put together a four match winning streak in all competitinos and they have not conceded a goal in any of their last five games played while they are unbeaten in their last seven. United probably are not going to be seating too much in this one.
Manchester United are probably going to do enough to ease their way to the fifth round. They will have been happy enough for this tie and really there doesn’t look to be any danger of them falling to an epic exit. Look for the visitors to get the win with a clean sheet in the bag as well. It’s what Mourinho sides do.
23rd January 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
The Clarets are running through a difficult patch of form at the moment as the wins have totally dried up for them. The Clarets are winless in six now and their home form has taken a turn for the worse with back to back losses there. Manchester United have been solid enough to suggest that they can go and chase down three points in this one despite being given a real scare by Burnley at Old Trafford recently. Man Utd are 8/13 at William Hill to get the win, with the draw at 13/5 and Burnley are at 5/1* (Betting Odds taken on January 15th, 2018 at 9:03 p.m.)
The Clarets have posted a W5 D2 L4 record on home soil this season and they have lost their last two at home, having gone down against Spurs and Liverpool. They are just having a tough time of things at the moment with a six-match winless streak of form that they are on right now, having lost their last two, both one-goal margin defeats. They need some improved fortunes at the moment and this is probably going to be a game which goes under 2.5 goals. Burnley have scored eight and conceded eight goals at home so far this season and just 36% of their games at Turf Moor this season have gone over 1.5 goals. 75% of the goals that they have conceded this season at home have been in the second half of matches, so there may be a bit of value in a half-time draw at William Hill. They are going to have dig deep now to turn this form around, but they may take some heart from their 2-2 draw at Old Trafford recently, but they couldn’t hold on to a strong 2-0 lead that they had played their way into.
Manchester United eased their way to a 3-0 victory over Stoke on Monday night and that took their unbeaten streak of form out to seven matches in the top flight now (W4 D3) and they go into this one with back to back wins under their belt having scored five unanswered goals across wins over Everton and Stroke. The Red Devils have gone W4 D1 in their last five away games now and they have scored at least two goals in each of those games as well, so in the William Hill correct score market a Manchester United 2-0 option may have decent enough appeal. The Red Devils have not conceded in any of their last three league outings now and away from Old Trafford, they have averaged 1.9 goals per game going forward. They have taken a clean sheet in 36% of their away fixtures this season while they have scored in 82% of their road games. Their away form is there at the moment to suggest that they can get something out of this trip to Burnley and they now have the joint-best defence in the Premier League at the moment alongside Chelsea and only Man City have earned more away points than Manchester United have done in the top flight this season. Anthony Martial has scored in United’s last two games and is worth a look in the anytime goalscorer market.
That thrilling 2-2 draw between these two at Old Trafford recently leaves Manchester United unbeaten in their last six Premier League games against the Clarets, winning three of those. They took a 2-0 win in last season’s corresponding fixture and the Red Devils have taken a clean sheet in four of their last six league outings against the Clarets. Each of the last four games between them at Turf Moor have seen less than three goals.
Manchester United are the value option to go out and win this Turf Moor clash with a clean sheet in tow as well. They have not had any problems in picking up points on the road recently and even though they aren’t playing particularly well, they can pick off a Burnley side which has just lost its way. United to win to nil.
17th January 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Jose Mourinho has been in a battle of words with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte but he needs to spark a bit of life back into his Red Devils. They have won just one of their last four games but they are heavy favourites to collect maximum points at home against Stoke on Monday night. The Potters are sliding ever closer to relegation and this is a tough, tough away game for them. Manchester United are 2/9 to take the win, with the draw at 11/2 and Stoke out at 14/1* (Betting Odds taken from January 12th, 2018 at 6:08 p.m.)
The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last six Premier League games now, winning half of those and only one of their last four. They took a 2-0 win out at Everton on New Year’s Day and that is back to back clean sheets from them in the top flight. They have had a couple of frustrating results on home soil recently with them having been held to draws there by Burnley and Southampton and it leaves them actually with only a W1 D2 L1 record in their last four home games. That’s been substantial lost points for them. Still, overall they have gone W8 D2 L1 this season at Old Trafford in the top flight and they haven’t given up much at the back. United have conceded just five goals at home in their eleven games and Manchester United to win to nil at William Hill returns 10/11 odds. The Red Devils have scored an average of over two goals per game this season at Old Trafford and so around a 2-0 correct score option is probably going to be around the right mark. 67% of the goals that United have scored at home this season have been in the second half of matches, while 80% of the goals they have conceded have been in the first half. Romelu Lukaku top scores for them and heads up the anytime and first goalscorer markets.
The Potters are still looking for a new manager as well as some wins to get themselves clear of the drop zone. The Potters have gone W1 D1 L5 in their last seven games in a horrible run of form. They have been stuck on just the one away win all season as well and have collected just get one point from their last five road games. Their defence has been all over the place and away from the Bet365 Stadium this season Stoke have conceded an average of 2.45 goals per match. That is no clean sheet in their last six games away from home for them now and none in their last twelve overall home and away. Stoke have also failed to score in four of their last six games as well and need quite the overhaul. Three of the seven away defeats that they have suffered this season have been by a margin of at least four goals. Six of the twelve defeats they have take overall this season have been by at least three goals. It’s not good, to say the least, and in their last two games against top six sides, they have conceded five goals against Chelsea and Tottenham. With the goals drying up for them, it may be a big ask for them here and they may struggle to make an impact, so both teams not to score at William Hill will probably be the way to swing.
Manchester United were frustrated in a 2-2 draw at Stoke earlier this season and each of the last three Premier League meetings between the two of them have ended in a tie. Manchester United are unbeaten four against the Potters in the top flight but if you look at the last five between them it is all even with one win each and three draws. Manchester United have won eight of their nine previous Premier League home games against Stoke (D1).
Back the Red Devils to go all the way and win this one and given how poor the Potters are doing at the moment they are value to win this home game to nil as well. Stoke are likely going to find themselves in a heap more trouble after this.
14th January 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
After their EFL Cup upset by Bristol City, the Red Devils could have an uncomfortable evening at home against Championship high fliers Derby County in the third round of the FA Cup on Friday night. The Rams are in some fantastic form at the moment and will be full of confidence at Old Trafford of claiming a major scalp. Can United deliver as odds-on favourites? The Red Devils are strong 2/7 odds-on favourites with the draw at 5/1 and derby are 11/1 underdogs.
The Red Devils are running as one of the front runners to win the FA Cup this season but they get a tricky opener in the third round. Jose Mourinho’s men have been going through a little bit of a sticky patch of form recently with just a W1 D3 L1 record posted in their last five games across all competitions. They have only won one of their last four on home soil as well (D2 L1) which is pretty surprising, but overall they have a really strong home record this season of W12 D2 L1 and are justifiable favourites. They played out a 0-0 draw in the Premier League against Southampton in their most recent home game and that is the first time this season that they have failed to score on home soil. In the William Hill correct score market a Manchester United 2-0 option is the shortest price in the market at 9/2 with the 1-0 for them at 11/2. After all, they have collected ten clean sheets in their fifteen matches at Old Trafford this season although they have taken just two in their last five there. It could be worth considering them to win to nil.
The last time that these two were together was in the FA Cup was just back in January 2016. Manchester United ran out 3-1 winners at Pride Park on that occasion and they have met nine times before in the competitions with Manchester United at W7 D1 L2. The Red Devils are on a three-match winning streak against the Rams in all competitions now and they have won their last three in a row against the Rams at Old Trafford and they scored at least four goals in each of those contests as well. This game to go over 2.5 goals at William Hill is trading at 8/11 and in front of goal, Jesse Lingard has been having a really good time of things and is a 6/4 option while it is Marcus Rashford, who is just a little bit out of favour at the moment but may get his chance, is the 5/6 anytime goalscorer favourite.
Gary Rowett has the Rams going really well at the moment with a sequence of seven matches unbeaten at the moment (W5 D2). They have collected five clean sheets in that sequence as well and they are carrying some strong away form as well. They have remained unbeaten in their last nine away games and they have taken three clean sheets in their last three out on the road, conceding just the one goal in total in that sequence. They have not conceded more than one goal in any of their last nine road games. Another positive for the Championship side is that they have scored at least two goals in five of their last seven away games. If you fancy them getting on the scoresheet, both teams to score is a 5/4 poke. Top scorer for them this season by a country mile is Matej Vydra who is a 7/2 anytime goalscorer option for the fixture.
Manchester United may not have the most comfortable of evenings, but their quality and experience of getting the job done may justice prevail in this one. Will the Rams be fully focused on this with the lure of an automatic promotion place in the Championship this season on their minds?
4th January 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
Everton are in good form on home soil at the moment and look as if they can give the Red Devils a good run for their money. The Toffees are unbeaten in their last five league outings at Goodison Park now and their defence has really stepped up through the gears. Manchester United are carrying some decent away form at the moment, however, their defence has looked increasingly vulnerable lately. Everton are 4/1 underdogs on home soil with the draw at 14/5 and Manchester United at 4/6.
The Toffees have been solid enough at Goodison Park recently to suggest that they can get something out of this fixture. They have remained unbeaten in their last five at Goodison Park winning four of those and they held their own against Chelsea on Merseyside just before Christmas in a 0-0 draw. That is three clean sheets for them in their last four games on home soil and that may help keep the score down in this one. Under 2.5 goals at Betfair for the fixture is at 3/4 odds. Everton are W6 D1 L3 at home this season in the top flight and given their early struggles this season, it’s a decent enough return. They have scored an average of 1.7 goals per home game and have taken a clean sheet in four of their ten home fixtures. So at the moment they could make life difficult for the Red Devils. 71% of the goals that Everton have scored on home soil this season have come in the second half of matches. Wayne Rooney is a price of 5/2 to get a goal against his former side. He is Everton’s top scorer for the season and until they bolster their forward ranks, they need him.
The Red Devils are on a current four match undefeated streak of form away from home, winning three of those games. There were denied a win at the King Power against Leicester in their last away games, drawing 2-2. That is no clean sheet in any of their last seven away games for the Red Devils now which is a suspicion and both teams to score at Betfair may well have a bit of appeal because of that. The shortest priced option in the correct score market is a 1-0 win for United, but the 1-1 draw is looking pretty appealing sat there at 7/1 odds. Jesse Lingard is now United’s joint top scorer away from home alongside Romelu Lukaku (out through injury) with four goals each. Lingard is trading at 11/8 in the anytime goalscorer market for the game and Lukaku’s absence is likely to bring Marcus Rashford into more prominence. Manchester United have scored at least two goals in each of their last four away games and 70% of their road games have gone over the 2.5 goal line. But this a tricky away game for them at the end of a really busy period and given their lack of clean sheets, they may play it a bit conservatively.
Manchester United pounded Everton 4-0 at Old Trafford earlier in the season. That has left them with a five match unbeaten streak of form in the top flight against the Toffees. Everton are W3 D1 L1 though in their last five Premier League home games against the Red Devils. Manchester United have scored in each of their last six against Everton in all competitions.
Everton may be good enough at the moment to dig out a point in this one. Basically Manchester United have been struggling for clean sheets recently and Everton looks much more organised in going about their business. A share of the spoils looks a decent option.
31st December 2017 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting