Dundee United - Everton Betting Preview: Toffees set for a sticky test

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 the Toffees’ Scottish manager David Moyes will be expecting his side to face a much stiffer test when they travel north to take on Peter Houston’s Dundee United side at Tannadice on Thursday night.

United enjoyed a comfortable friendly win at the weekend 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 chalked up as a 13/2 (7.50) chance but United were free-scoring last term, particularly at Tannadice and will fancy their chances of, at least, getting on the scoresheet against the Toffees.

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 the hosts 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 strong test before they enter the Europa League early next month.

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 hosts 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

Sign up with Bet365 for up to £200 in free bets.

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

Follow GoalBetting on