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Everton FC v Manchester United
Goodison Park
Sunday 20th February 16:10
Premier League Match 35

Everton's last 5 domestic results:

Newcastle 0-3 Everton (Barkley, Lukaku, Osman)
Fulham 1-3 Everton (O.G, Mirallas, Naismith)
Everton 3-0 Arsenal (Naismith, Lukaku, O.G)
Sunderland 0-1 Everton (O.G)
Everton 2-3 Crystal Palace (Naismith, Mirallas)

Manchester United's last 5 domestic results:

Manchester United 0-3 Liverpool
West Ham 0-2 Manchester United (Rooney x2)
Manchester United 0-3 Manchester City
Manchester United 4-1 Aston Villa (Rooney x2, Mata, Hernandez)
Newcastle 0-4 Manchester United (Mata x2, Hernandez, Januzaj)

Everton's 7 match win came to a end in the most unexpected of their remaining matches on Wednesday losing 3-2 to a Determined Crystal Palace side. Everton haven't lost back to back home games since October 2011 after losing 2-0 to Liverpool and then 1-0 to Sunday's opponents thanks to a 19th minute Javier Hernandez goal. Everton best Manchester United at Old Trafford for the first time since the inaugural Premier League season this season and haven't done the double over the current champions since the 1969-70 season when Everton won 2-0 at Old Trafford and 3-0 at Goodison Park, Alan Ball scored in each match.

Despite that defeat to Crystal Palace, only three sides have picked more points in 2014 than the toffees and incredibly only the two clear title challengers contenders have picked up more victories. Interestingly Everton and Manchester United have scored (24) and conceded (16) exactly the same amount of goals this year but Everton are 6 points better off having played a game more.

Possible Line Ups

Manchester United
This will be Manchester United's first match in 11 days since their Champions League exit to Bayern Munich, their last Premier League match came 15 days ago with an emphatic 4-0 win away to Newcastle. Manchester United have won 4 away games in a row in the Premier League (Crystal Palace, West Brom, West Ham, Newcastle) and have kept 5 Clean sheets in a row (0-0 v Arsenal) on the road. Manchester United have taken more points from away games than any other team this season but have only won once away to a team in the top 10, beating Newcastle in their last match.

Although Manchester United boast a strong away record this season, they're the only top 7 team yet to seal an away victory to the rest of the 7 and have accumulated the lowest amount of points. In those 5 matches, they've scored 5 goals and conceded 11. Manchester United have taken just 6 points from a possible 33 against the top 7 which is the lowest, Tottenham who are next lowest have taken 9 points from a maximum of 36 whilst Chelsea lead the sides having taken 24 points from 33 and losing only to Everton.

Stats & Injuries

Everton: Long Term injuries Arouna Kone, Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo along with loanee Lacina Traore will all miss out this game though Phil Jagielka and Steven Pienaar could return.

Manchester United: Striking duo Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney are unlikely to play in this match but Marouane Fellaini, Rafael and Johnny Evans are all set to return.

Apparently Rooney is fit to play:

Sir Stealth:
Rooney will almost certainly play I would have thought

Wow they have had an epic amount of time to prepare for this!

Really hope we turn up for this one. The atmosphere really needs to be rocking. Could see Jagielka coming back in

If the unthinkable happens and we do get beat, the opposition manager could take a small step to winning some respect back by not celebrating

Best away record in the league

Good article from the Telegraph.........


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