Manchester United vs Everton preview Apr. 22nd

by Punter's Hero on April 22, 2012

in Football, Latest News

Manchester United still has some work to do if they want to hoist the English championship for a record 20th time. They won’t be able to clinch their second-consecutive EPL crown when they take on Everton at home at Old Trafford on Sunday Apr. 22, but a win will definitely go a long way in helping out. United goes into the game on top of the table with Manchester City five behind them.

United has 82 points from 26 wins, four draws and four losses while City has 77 points from 25 wins, five draws and five losses. City will be taking on cellar-dwelling Wolves the same day and a loss by either one of the Manchester teams will severely dent their title hopes, especially considering they face each other on Apr. 30 at Man City’s Etihad Stadium. If City beats Wolves and United beats Everton, United could clinch the title with a win over City next week.

Everton will have to keep a close eye on striker Wayne Rooney, who leads United with 27 league goals and is just three behind league-leader Robin van Persie of Arsenal, who has 27. Everton goes into the game in seventh place with 47 points from 13 wins, eight draws and 12 defeats. The only thing they’ve really got going for them after another mediocre season is that they’re one position and one point ahead of Merseyside rivals Liverpool going into this game.

The two Liverpool teams met last weekend in an FA Cup semi final and Liverpool came out on top 2-1 and will face Chelsea in the Final at Wembley on May 5. United’s last game was a 4-0 thumping over Aston Villa. However, they’d be going into this game with an eight-point lead over City if they hadn’t dropped a 1-0 loss to Wigan the match before.

Everton has been playing well lately and have lost just twice in their past 13 league matches. However, they don’t usually fare too well against United, especially at Old Trafford. Everton has three draws and 15 losses there on the last 18 visits.

United’s won all five of their last five home games while Everton has a win, a loss and three draws in their past five road games. Everton’s one of the lowest scoring teams in the league with 38 goals and Victor Anichebe leads the team with five. But for some reason manager David Moyes thought it would be a good idea to let Louis Saha leave for Tottenham during the January transfer window.

United will likely be without Darren Fletcher, Anderson, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Vidic, Federico Macheda, and Anders Lindegaard for various reasons. Striker Michael Owen could be in the squad for the first time in months. Everton will probably have to play without defender Leighton Baines as well as Jack Rodwell and Royston Drenthe. However, Steven Pienaar should be back in the squad.

Predictions and Odds

Anything’s possible here and younger United players could be a little nervous. However, with the title so near yet so far away at the same time, look for United to come out on top in a close game.

Sportsbook William Hill shows the latest odds of a Man United win at 4/11 with an Everton victory at 8/1 and a draw at 7/2.

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