Ahead of tomorrow’s game against Everton we take a look at what the form book has to say about the fixture – a sort of ‘tale of the tape.’
And while Everton might not be considered heavyweight opponents, Man Utd have lost three of their last five encounters against the Toffees. But importantly only one of the last five at home. In fact, Man Utd have only lost twice at home to Everton in a quarter of a century.
So what does recent form tell us about what is likely to happen on Sunday? Which team is on a roll? And can Everton go someway to erasing 25 years’ of painful memories?
Things have improved somewhat for Van Gaal over the past 10 games, with five wins and two draws. While an improvement in fortunes has come at just the right time to salvage an otherwise mixed season, Everton have also been in decent form of late.
If you removed the fact that Everton have only won at Old Trafford twice in the last 25 years you could be mistaken for believing they had a decent shot at the win on Sunday.
All omens suggest a win for Man Utd or a draw are the most likely outcomes. But if you’re looking to make a bet across other markets, like Both Teams To Score and First Goalscorer, where should your money go? You can find a full breakdown of predictions across those markets here.
It is perhaps unsurprising then that that KickOff algorithm is tipping Man Utd to win (47% of being the most likely outcome/26% a draw/27% Everton win). But at the same time it has calculated that the most likely score is 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes. The likelihood of both teams scoring is judged to be 50%, and its suggesting a bet under 2.5 goals is best (with a 54% likelihood that two goals or less will be scored). The home side are considered most likely to score first.
Below is a round-up of some of the key betting predictions for the game. And if you are planning to have a punt this weekend – good luck!