Everton vs. Manchester United New Years Day Match Preview.
Goodison Park, kick off 5.30pm
Manchester United make the short journey to Goodison Park to take on Everton on New Year’s Day after slipping to third place in the table following three consecutive draws, with Sam Allardyce’s first defeat as Everton manager on Saturday as the Blues lost 2-1 at Bournemouth to a late deflected goal, both teams will be looking for improvements.
Everton, will need to show more attacking invention than they have of late, against Bournemouth only managing just one shot on target in the game.
United have also been uninventive in front of goal and also vulnerable at the back with their list of injuries the blues will be looking to take advantage on home soil.
Some crucial stats to think about going into the match :
•Five of Man Utd’s last seven goals against Everton in all competitions have come in the final 10 minutes – including three in their 4-0 win at Old Trafford back in September.
•This is Everton’s first Premier League home game on New Year’s Day since a 2-2 draw with Man City in 2003 – each of their last seven on January 1st have been away from home.
•Manchester United haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last six Premier League away games – they last had a longer run without recording a shutout on the road in December 2013 (10 games
•Wayne Rooney has scored against 36 different clubs in the Premier League – only Frank Lampard (39), Andy Cole (38) and Alan Shearer (37) have scored against more in the competition. Man Utd are the team that Rooney has faced the most without a goal in the competition (5 apps)
•Jordan Pickford has conceded just four goals in his last eight Premier League games, after shipping 28 in the 13 before that this season.
Allardyce has not won any of his 11 previous matches against Jose Mourinho’s sides, losing on eight occasions during that time.
Manchester United were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Southampton on Saturday evening. They have now failed to win four matches in a row in all competitions for the first time since April and have dropped out of the top 2 places in the Premier League for the first time all season.
Things aren’t going well for United at the moment and this should be the ideal opportunity for Allardyce to get his first ever win over Mourinho.
Team News :
Everton should recall former United striker Wayne Rooney to the starting lineup after he started Saturday’s defeat on the bench.
Ross Barkley is also closing on a return to action, and Allardyce has said he is “very close” to being available for selection.
However, Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman will remain sidelined.
Manchester United striker And former Blue Romelu Lukaku will miss the trip to his former club after being stretchered off during Saturday’s game, in what looked like a concussion and is likely to be replaced by Rashford.
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