Everton vs Manchester United Preview

December 22, 2020
By: Daniel Orme

Two of the Premier League top four meet in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals as Everton host Manchester United at Goodison Park.

Both of the sides have been impressive in the league thus far this campaign and have carried that form into the League Cup. Carlo Ancelotti’s men have progressed past Salford City, Fleetwood Town and West Ham United, netting 12 goals in the process. Meanwhile, five-time League Cup winners Manchester United have eliminated Luton Town and Brighton & Hove Albion, both times with the same 3-0 scoreline. Out of the two teams, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s troops are more fancied to go all the way and lift the trophy this season and sit at odds of 9/2 with Betfair to do just that. Meanwhile, Everton sit at 7/1 to win their first bit of silverware of the Ancelotti era.

Ahead of the game, it is the Red Devils who hold the psychological advantage having already beaten Everton this season. The two faced off at Goodison Park back in November, with Bernard giving the hosts a first-half lead. Two goals from Bruno Fernandes completed an impressive turnaround before the break, with Edinson Cavani then wrapping up proceedings with a goal of his own late on. The Red Devils are the favourites to win once again this time around at a price of 11/10 with William Hill. The hosts, meanwhile, sit at 9/4.

It would be fair to suggest that whatever the scoreline, goals could certainly be expected between the two sides considering the respective talents on display. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been one of the most lethal forwards in English football this season and he has continued that in the Carabao Cup with three strikes. He of course then is one of the most fancied to strike first at odds of 7/2 with Betfred. Following his two goals against Everton in the prior meeting, Fernandes is also one to keep an eye on. The Portuguese can be backed at 4/1 to net the opening goal of the game on Wednesday evening.

One in-form midfielder who won’t be featuring for the Red Devils though is Scott McTominay. The Scot scored twice early on in the 6-2 thumping of Leeds United but will not appear due to a groin issue. Luke Shaw is also restricted to the sidelines. He joins long-term absentees Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones on the treatment table.

There are far more injury worries for Ancelotti at Goodison. Allan was withdrawn in the recent win against Leicester City and has not quite recovered. Fellow midfielders James Rodriguez, Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin are all also ruled out. Lucas Digne is also not set to take part as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury.

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