The games continue to come at us thick and fast as we head towards a hectic and important festive period. The top teams in English football can play up to three times in a week, taking part in both league and European fixtures.
A full round of league fixtures take place this weekend, with games scheduled for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. No less than five will be played live on TV thanks to the coverage provided by Sky Sports and BT Sports. The renewal of Super Sunday begins at Old Trafford where Man Utd host Everton from 2.00pm. With both teams needing the points for different reasons, this promises to be a dramatic 90 minutes. Who will come out on top?
Bookmakers have had their say, offering odds on several exciting markets, including match winner, first goal scorer, total goals, handicap and half time/full time. Traders side with home advantage, marking the locals as 4/5 favourites, top price at Ladbrokes. The visitors are17/5 at the same firm or, if you can’t split them, there’s 27/10 at William Hill on the draw.
Man Utd Target the Hat-Trick
It may only be December and we are yet to arrive at the halfway point of the season but followers of Manchester United have already endured a rollercoaster season. They watched on as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s troops stumbled out of the blocks, suffering upset despite a summer of heavy investment. There was talk over Ole’s future from very early on, both in the stands and national press, but the manager rode the waves and was given the time needed by his board to get things right. They appear to have done that and enter the weekend within touching distance of the top four Premier League places.
The red devils head into this fixture with their season stats reading six wins, six draws and four defeats. 24 points on the board has the club in fifth place, five behind Chelsea in fourth but only two better than Newcastle down in 11th. The rest of United’s season could be defined by how they perform in what’s left of 2019. Having won each of their last two, beating Tottenham and derby rivals Man City, each by a 2-1 score, the hosts look to have a great chance to complete the hat-trick. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were on target in that hard-fought victory over The Cityzens on Saturday 7 December.
Toffees upset Chelsea last time
Everton fans are still waiting for their own site to turn the corner and put together a run of form needed to drag themselves up through the ranks. The Toffees were another who spent cash during the summer, but the board are yet to see a return on their investment. Stats of five wins, two draws and an incredible nine defeats has the visitors down in 14th place. The 17 points on the board means they are just two better than Southampton and the relegation zone at the time of writing but that could get worse by the time this match kicks off.
The visiting side recently lost three games on the spin but were able to end that drought with a surprise 3-1 win over Chelsea at Goodison Park last time. Very few correctly predicted that upset, given the form of both sides involved. Richarlison opened the scoring inside five minutes before Calvert-Lewis added a double to win the points. Chelsea fought back through Kovacic but were well beaten on the day and could have no complaints over the final score. There’s still much work for Frank Lampard to do at Stamford Bridge.
Stats Point us Towards a Win to Nil
The head-to-head stats in this fixture show Man Utd lead by 88 wins to 67 with 44 draws. Everton came out on top last time thanks to a convincing 4-0 result at Goodison Park. Richarlison was on target that day, breaking the deadlock inside 13 minutes. His goal was added to by Sigurdsson, Digne and Walcott.
Three of the last four renewals has seen one team win without conceding a goal, including 4-0 and 2-0 during the 2017/18 Premier League season. Punters flicking through the specials will find a Man Utd win to nil chalked up at 9/4 – best price at Bet Victor – or 8/1 for Everton to gain three points without conceding. Bet Victor are, again, market best price on that one.
- Man Utd have scored more penalties than any other team in the league so far this season.
- Rashford has been involved in 15 goals in his last 14 games for club and country
- Richarlison has scored in his last three league games
- Martial has been involved in 10 goals in his last 13 Premier League starts
- Everton have won only three of their last dozen Premier League games