Everton's last 5 matchesEverton 3-1 Chelsea
Everton FC v Manchester United
Saturday 17th October 15:00
Premier League Match 9
(Naismith x3)Swansea 0-0 EvertonReading 1-2 Everton
- Capital One Cup (Barkley, Deulofeu)West Brom 2-3 Everton
(Lukaku x2, Kone)Everton 1-1 Liverpool
(Lukaku)Manchester United's last 5 matchesSouthampton 2-3 Manchester United
(Martial x2, Mata)Manchester United 3-0 Ipswich
- Capital One Cup (Rooney, Pereira, Martial)Manchester United 3-0 Sunderland
(Depay, Rooney, Mata)Manchester United 2-1 Wolfsburg
- Champions League (Mata Pen, Smalling)Arsenal 3-0 Manchester United
Everton recorded their fourth draw of the premier league campaign in the Merseyside derby before the International break with the match ended with a goal each. Everton have won this fixture in each of the last three seasons without conceding a goal which is a stark contrast to the past as they had won just three of the previous 20 matches against Manchester United at Goodison Park prior to the current run. Everton were the last top flight team to win four home matches in a row against the Red Devils (1984-87) whilst the last team to win four matches in a row with four consecutive clean sheets was West Brom (1976-79). Gareth Barry is likely to make his 550th Premier League appearance in this match which will leave him 21 appearances behind the all time appearance leader David Whopper James.
Prior to joining Everton, Roberto Martinez had an abysmal record against Manchester United and conceded 29 goals in just seven of their eight matches and taking just 3 points from a possible 24. However, Everton have won three of the four fixtures since Martinez joined and those nine points are the second most any Everton manager has taken from Manchester United in the premier league (Kendall - 3/15 points, Walker - 0/6 points, Royle - 4/15 points, Smith- 1/24 points, Moyes - 16/66 points). Interestingly, only one of the 12 fixtures has seen both sides score a goal (one for the gamblers). Everton have scored from a set piece in each of the three consecutive victories against Man United at Goodison Park but are the only premier league side yet to score from one this season.
Manchester United came crashing back down to Earth as they were thumped 3-0 by Arsenal last week, Arsenal! even Moyes didn't lose to Arsenal with them. Manchester United's away from under Van Gaal is quite poor and he's only won 8/23 league matches away from home whilst Moyes had a record of 10/18 victories on the road, though Man United have improved a lot at Old Trafford. Bastian Schweinsteiger is a doubt for the game but that could turn out to be a blessing in disguise as they've won all four league matches in which the German world cup winner hasn't started and failed to win in three of the four matches he has started. Wayne Rooney hasn't scored in any of his last six appearances at Goodison Park with his last goal in this fixture coming in 2007.
John Stones is likely to return from injury in time for this fixture and he scored his only Everton goal in the 3-0 victory at Goodison Park last season. Chris Smalling is (wrongly) seen as England's best centre back which means the performances of both players will be a subplot on Sunday. The stats above aren't much of a surprise with Stones better with the ball at his feet and showing greater anticipation than Smalling who excels aerially with his slight height advantage. We all know Phil Jones is the real England star though.
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