Everton welcome Manchester United to Goodison Park in a huge Premier League clash.
Victory could return Everton to the Premier League summit providing that they can better Southampton’s result if the Saints beat Newcastle on Friday evening.
Man Utd meanwhile could climb further away from the relegation zone with a win and potentially as high as 12th ahead of the remainder of matches this weekend.
Lucas Digne is set to return for Everton after completing an one match ban after being sent off at Southampton a fortnight ago.
Andre Gomes (knee), James Rodriguez (hematoma) and Seamus Coleman (hamstring) could also feature if they pass late fitness tests, as Ben Godfrey (hamstring) looks set to join Richarlison (suspension), Mason Holgate (toe) and Jean-Phillipe Gbamin (Achilles) on sidelines.
Man Utd could welcome Victor Lindelöf back into the starting lineup after the Swedish defender sat out Wednesday’s Champions League defeat at Istanbul Basaksehir with a back injury.
Jesse Lingard (hip) could also be available but Eric Bailey (muscle) plus Alex Telles (Coronavirus) won’t be available until after the international break, whilst Phil Jones (knee) won’t be fit until December at earliest.
- Everton have won just one of their last six meetings against Manchester United (W1, D2, L3).
- Man Utd have won just one of their last four trips to Goodison Park (W1, D2, L1).
- Carlo Ancelotti’s Toffees have scored first in their last three meetings against Man Utd.
- Four of the Red Devils’ seven away league goals this season have come after the 85th minute.
- Five of Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s eight league goals this season has come at home at Goodison Park (W2, D1).
Since losing Richarlison to suspension, Everton have simply lacked creativity which is what they really needed in their last two matches against dangerous opponents in Southampton and Newcastle who simply outplayed them across the pitch, which is a real concern given Man Utd’s stronger away form this season than at home.
Man Utd however have been inconsistent and particularly in defence which frankly was AWOL in midweek in the first half at Basaksehir, with players too busy pressing up the other end to be able to actually track back and do actual defending which sadly left Dean Henderson with the hard work of trying to keep the Turkish champions out to no avail.
On that note, I genuinely can see a fun game here because Man Utd are great going forward yet pretty much useless at the rear with little defensive stability so if Everton can sit back and soak up the pressure before unleashing powerful counter-attacks, I can see them getting the win here otherwise it will be another score draw between these two teams.
Prediction: Everton 2-1 Manchester United
Result: Everton 1-3 Manchester United