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  • October 29, 2011
  • • 12:00
  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
  • Referee: M. Halsey
  • • Attendance: 35494
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Premier League Preview: Everton v Manchester United

The Liverpool-born striker looks to end run of three league games without scoring, as midweek cup efforts take toll on hosts' starting line-up with Royston Drenthe suspended

PROBABLE LINE-UPS

EVERTON



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

MANCHESTER UNITED



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


Everton's squad will be tested strongly after their marathon League Cup defeat against Chelsea on Wednesday, and 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.

David Moyes is more than likely to adopt a 4-5-1 formation, which the Goodison Park boss favours 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, 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 Chicharito 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 favour 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.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Everton have 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 neighbours Manchester City was their 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 have not kept a clean sheet in the past eight league and cup matches, whilst Manchester United have scored in their past 19 games.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson's side have not suffered back-to-back defeats in 31 games in all competitions.
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Players to watch

L. Saha

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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  • 0

The striker has been back among the goals in recent games, and just in time for an Everton side which seemed to be stagnating. Their midweek game against Chelsea proves they can still cut it with the big boys, and as Saha's header showcased, he still has quality despite the injury troubles that led to his Old Trafford departure.

W. Rooney

Position: Attacker

Games: 19

  • 8
  • 3
  • 1

It will always be a difficult game for Rooney as he returns to his boyhood club but it hasn't stopped him scoring in previous encounters. His temperament has been called into question in recent weeks following his sending off for England, and the striker hasn't found the back of the net in the Premier League since that day. What better way to prove your doubters wrong than scoring against your former club?

Editor's Prediction

Everton often seem to raise their game in this fixture against such fearsome opposition, and the crowd at Goodison Park always plays their part in creating a hostile atmosphere. However, after such an embarrassing defeat last week, I cannot see United taking a second beating in a row against what is likely to be tired opposition.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Everton

Manchester United

Wins
3
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Everton FC EVE
Everton FC Everton
Draw
Manchester United FC MNU
Manchester United FC Manchester United
15%
78%

Top 3 Predictions

Everton FC EVE
1 - 3
Manchester United FC MNU
Everton FC EVE
0 - 2
Manchester United FC MNU
Everton FC EVE
0 - 3
Manchester United FC MNU

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