Manchester United visit Everton in the Premier League on Sunday aiming to give their hopes of finishing in the top four a major boost.
United head into the weekend sixth in the table, three points behind third-placed Tottenham Hotspur and just two adrift of Arsenal and Chelsea.
Their 4-0 aggregate defeat against Barcelona in the Champions League means they are now fully reliant on a top-four finish to qualify for Europe’s most important club competition.
The Red Devils will certainly be eager to stay in touch with the teams above them, particularly with Arsenal and Chelsea facing what appear to be winnable home matches this weekend.
United are priced at odds of 13/10 at th.betway88.com/ to win the game, with Everton on offer at 21/10 and the draw available at 12/5.
Yerry Mina is closing in on a return to the Everton squad after recovering from a hamstring injury, but Morgan Schneiderlin is doubtful with an ankle problem.
Manager Marco Silva will hope the French midfielder is available after seeing Andre Gomes suspended retrospectively for violent conduct in Everton’s surprise 2-0 defeat at Fulham.
Ander Herrara and Chris Smalling are major doubts for United, while Luke Shaw is ruled out through suspension after receiving 10 yellow cards this term.
The home side will be eager to bounce back from last week’s disappointing defeat at Craven Cottage as they try and secure European football next season.
The team finishing seventh this term would qualify for Europe if Manchester City win the FA Cup and Silva will be keen to achieve that in his first season in charge.
Everton have won their last two home top-flight games against ‘Big Six’ sides, as many as they had in their previous 19 in the competition (W2, D7, L10).
However, they have lost more Premier League matches against United (36) than any side has against another in the history of the competition and could struggle this weekend.
United have been beaten just once by Everton in their last 10 meetings in all competitions, winning seven and drawing two of those matches.
They triumphed 2-1 at Old Trafford earlier in the campaign, with goals by Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial sealing the victory. Gylfi Sigurdsson bagged a late consolation for the Toffees.
United scored their 100th Premier League goal against Everton during that game, making them just the second side to net three figures against a single opponent in the competition (Arsenal against Everton being the other).
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been beaten in their last two Premier League away games, but they have not lost three in a row on the road since January 1996.
With home fixtures against Man City and Chelsea to come during the latter part of April, United will be desperate to pick up three points this weekend.
The Red Devils complete their campaign with games against Huddersfield Town (A) and Cardiff City (H) and they are likely to require at least a 12-point return from their last five matches if they are to secure a Champions League berth.