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David Moyes' men are firm favourites to win when they make the trip north of the border on Thursday, but Willie Duncan expects Peter Houston's side to make things tough

Everton cruised to a 4-1 victory against Morecambe at the weekend but manager David Moyes will be expecting his side to face a much stiffer test when they travel north to take on Dundee United side at Tannadice on Thursday night.

United enjoyed a comfortable friendly win themselves as they saw off city rivals Dundee at Dens Park on Saturday, and the hosts will be looking for a confidence-boosting win with their Europa League third qualifying round clash just around the corner.

The Tangerines are chalked up at 3/1 (4.0) with Bet365 to see off their English Premier League opponents, with the Toffees priced up as a 4/6 (1.67) chance with Bet365 to win the first of their Scottish double-header, with Moyes’ men also due to face Motherwell at the weekend.

The same firm offer odds of 11/4 (3.75) that the match ends level.

A 1-0 win for the visitors is valued at 13/2 (7.50), but United were free-scoring last term, particularly at Tannadice, and will fancy their chances of, at least getting on the scoresheet against Everton.

With that in mind, the 1-1 draw carries appeal here at 13/2 (7.50) with Bet365 while home fans will be eager to snap up the chunky 12/1 (13.0) quote on Dundee United helping themselves to a 2-1 win.

It seems unlikely that Moyes will field his strongest team and is likely to rotate, whereas this match represents United’s final significant test before they enter the Europa League early in August.

As a result, Peter Houston’s men are far more inclined to treat the match seriously and, thus, the 9/4 (2.75) quote for the Tangerines in the "draw no bet" market is another avenue worthy of consideration for punters here. This bet sees your stake returned should the match finish level.

It is not impossible to imagine United making life difficult for their more illustrious opponents on Thursday, and there might be value in favouring the home side in the double chance market at evens (2.0) with Bet365, giving punters a solid return for anything other than an Everton victory.

Dundee United/Draw (double chance) at evens (2.0) with Bet365
1-1 draw at 13/2 (7.50) with Bet365

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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