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Premier League

  • October 29, 2011
  • • 7:00 AM
  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
  • Referee: M. Halsey
  • • Attendance: 35494

Premier League Preview: Everton - Manchester United

Wayne Rooney looks to end run of three league games without scoring, as midweek cup efforts take a toll with Royston Drenthe suspended.



Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Rodwell, Fellaini
Coleman, Cahill, Bilyaletdinov


De Gea
Smalling, Jones, Vidic, Evra
Nani, Fletcher, Carrick, Young
Rooney, Hernandez

Everton's squad will be tested strongly after its marathon League Cup defeat against Chelsea on Wednesday. David Moyes will be without influential loanee Royston Drenthe - who has looked the Toffees' most dangerous player in recent weeks - following his red card in extra time.

Moyes is more than likely to adopt a 4-5-1 formation, due to a shortage of strikers at the club, following the sale of Jermaine Beckford and injury to Victor Anichebe. Louis Saha looks set to lead the line against his former team, with ex-Red Devil Phil Neville and midfielder Tim Cahill both possible doubts after picking up knocks midweek.

Sir Alex Ferguson has a number of options to choose from following Manchester United's 3-0 victory over Aldershot, a match which essentially featured a side of reserve players. Michael Owen and Dimitar Berbatov are likely to miss out on a place in the starting XI despite their strong showing on Tuesday.

Expect Sir Alex to revert to the pairing of Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez and former Everton striker Wayne Rooney, with the latter set for an acrimonious welcome, as per usual at Goodison Park.

In central midfield, Sir Alex may favor changing things up after last week's debacle against Manchester City, with Michael Carrick likely to replace Anderson, although Darren Fletcher is set to start with Tom Cleverley still only just returning from injury.

  • Everton has only beaten Manchester United three times at Goodison Park since the formation of the Premier League in 1992.
  • The Toffees have only scored 10 goals in the Premier League this season, with six of those scored in the final 10 minutes of the game.
  • United's 6-1 defeat to neighboring Manchester City was its heaviest ever loss in the Premier League.
  • Wayne Rooney is United's top scorer so far this season with nine in the league and 13 overall, but has not scored in his previous three appearances in the competition.
  • Everton has not kept a clean sheet in the past eight league and cup matches. Manchester United have scored in their past 19 games.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson's side has not suffered back-to-back defeats in 31 games in all competitions.

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Betting & Predictions

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Everton FC EVE
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Manchester United FC MUN
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