iBet: Expect a tight game as Everton host Manchester United
Premier League, Everton vs Manchester United, kick off 8pm, Sky Sports 1
Lay over 3.5 goals at 2.9 to 1 with Betfair
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson looked like the cat who got the cream after his signing of Robin van Persie was rubber stamped. He now has the Premier League’s two top scorers from last season at his disposal, and it gives his team a new dimension going forward.
As things turned out, Everton as good as cost United the title when they came back from 4-2 down with seven minutes to go at Old Trafford to snatch an unlikely draw. However, David Moyes generally sets his team out to be hard to beat and the 15 goals they conceded at home last season was the second best defensive performance in the league, behind only title winners Manchester City. Generally Everton games were tight, averaging under 2.5 goals per game.
United boasted the best away defensive of anyone last season with only 14 goals shipped in 19 games and Ferguson now has his first choice centre back pairing of Ferdinand and Vidic together again. This could be tighter than some are predicting. Everton lost this fixture 1-0 last season.
BetVictor offer the best price of a United victory at the time of writing at 37/40, with Betfair best about Everton at 3.6 to one and the draw an 11/4 shot. It’s 6/4 with Blue Square and 888Sport for Van Persie to score at any time and 5/4 with SkyBet that Everton will be shown more yellow cards than United.
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