Everton v Manchester United Betting Tips October 17th 2015
Tip #1: Back Everton Draw No Bet @ 2.25 with bet365.com
Tip #2: Back Over 2.5 Goals @ 2.00 with bet365.com
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Everton v Manchester United Betting Tips: Match Preview
A lot of people forget this, but Roberto Martínez was handed a talented first XI by former Everton manager David Moyes. Of course much praise is due for Martínez’s fifth-place finish, but questions steadily arose following an 11th-place finish the following the season. However, there are more positive signs ahead for Everton this season.
Impressive victories against Southampton, Chelsea, and West Brom have pushed Everton to seventh place in the table. A 2-2 home draw to Watford on the opening day of the season had fans concerned, but Martínez has already proven that he his capable of miraculous results.
Fundamentally, though, it would have to be argued that a win over Man Utd would not be miraculous. In their last three league visits to Goodison Park, Man Utd have lost every one of them, not to mention a 1-0 home defeat in 2013.
Everton’s home victories have been driven by an ability to keep clean sheets against Man Utd, leaving them able to win the game by scoring themselves. What the Toffees need is for Man Utd to attack them yet again, only to encounter defensive frustrations. Everton can then claim a goal and win.
By the time his Man Utd side take the field at Goodison Park on Saturday, Louis van Gaal will have had 12 days to stew over the manner of their 3-0 defeat to Arsenal in their last Premier League outing. Despite both teams lining up in 4-2-3-1 formations, there was nothing even about the outcome of the game.
Arsenal played with Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin as their central midfielders, with Man Utd electing to start Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger. In all honesty, this is not a mistake in of itself from van Gaal. However, the shortcoming was to not play with a third central midfielder to minimise space.
Cazorla and Coquelin were much quicker than their Man Utd counterparts and had no difficulty in connecting with the speedy Alexis Sánchez and Theo Walcott, whose pace proved to be Man Utd’s undoing in the first half.
And what makes this pertinent is that van Gaal needs to consider reverting to his traditional 4-3-3 against Everton. Ideally, van Gaal would change his tactics, but the veteran Dutch manager can be stubborn.
On the injury front, a series of minor issues could force Carrick, Schweinsteiger, Ander Herrera, and Wayne Rooney to all miss the trip to Goodison Park. In Rooney’s case, however, this could be a positive for Man Utd, who would able to move on from 4-2-3-1.
Man Utd are unlikely to fail to score in a fourth successive Premier League game at Goodison Park, especially given that the Reds can exploit Everton’s fullback inconsistencies with pace down the flanks.
However, Louis van Gaal’s tactical stubbornness could hinder Man Utd against an Everton side currently solid in midfield.