Everton v Manchester United - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

Everton Logo at Goodison Park

To be played on Sunday 20th April 2014 at 16:10. Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool.

Odds: Everton 6/4, Draw 27/11, Manchester United 21/10

Last season: 1-0

Preview & injury news

It's the return of David Moyes to Goodison Park, and he could derail his old side's chances of getting into the Champions League even further after Everton lost 3-2 to Crystal Palace in midweek, following an impressive seven game winning run. The Toffees are one point behind fourth place Arsenal, so all is not lost with four games to go.

For Manchester United, this is their first game since their Champions League exit at the hands of Bayern Munich, meaning that it's just Premier League fixtures left in Moyes's first season in charge at the club. They currently sit nine points behind Everton with a game in hand but have won each of their last two games, leaving them in seventh place in the table.

On the injury front, James McCarthy had a slight knee problem for Everton but came on as a substitute in the second half of the defeat against Crystal Palace. Phil Jagielka still has a hamstring problem but there is a chance he could be included in the squad for this weekend's game whilst Steven Pienaar has a cartilage problem. This season's hero from Old Trafford Bryan Oviedo continues his recovery from a broken leg, and both Arouna Kone and Darron Gibson are continuing their recovery from long term knee injuries. It's uncertain whether we'll see Lacina Traore play for Everton again as the on-loan striker continues to struggle with a hamstring problem.

For Manchester United, Wayne Rooney won't be able to make a return to his boyhood club. After he played with a pain killing injection in Munich last time out, there are worries he may have aggravated his foot problem even further. Marouane Fellaini is trying to shake off a knock whilst Robin Van Persie is still recovering from a knee injury. Defenders Rafael and Jonny Evans may be considered for selection after they've been struggling with hamstring and calf problems respectively, whether the United manager will risk them is a different matter.

Key stats

Here are the top scorers from the two teams in the Premier League this season:

Wayne Rooney Man Utd FW 15 27 2,268
Romelu Lukaku Everton FW 13 27 2,203
Robin van Persie Man Utd FW 11 18 1,466
Danny Welbeck Man Utd FW 9 21 1,271
Kevin Mirallas Everton MF 7 31 2,241
Seamus Coleman Everton DF 6 32 2,869

Their average possession statistics:

  Possession PercentagePlayed
Everton 55.76 34
Manchester United 54.88 33

And the amount of clean sheets they've kept:

  Clean SheetPlayed
Everton 13 34
Manchester United 12 33

5 players to watch

Leighton Baines - Baines had the opportunity to join his old boss at Manchester United in the summer but declined. If you look at the seasons they have had, it looks as though he made the right decision. This weekend is the first time he will come up against a United side managed by Moyes, as he missed the reverse fixture through injury.

Marouane Fellaini - If he shakes off a knock, Fellaini may be able to make his return to Goodison Park, as he did follow Moyes to Old Trafford. He hasn't had the best season at Old Trafford and will remain eager to prove a point, and his old stomping ground would be a good place for the Belgian to start.

James McCarthy - McCarthy was missed for the time he wasn't on the field against Crystal Palace. He gives Everton a good deal of energy, two quick feet and a very good football brain. With Gareth Barry he has formed an effective partnership in midfield this season, and the Toffees could do with him starting this weekend.

Juan Mata - Without Robin Van Persie or Wayne Rooney in the side, it seems that Mata has stepped up whilst playing a more central role, which he prefers. The Spaniard has scored three goals in his last two games and will be looking to keep his goalscoring run going.

Steven Naismith - Lately Naismith has been coming up with some important and timely goals for Everton. Though he may not have been a favourite with the fans, he is in pretty decent form. Can he come up with another big goal for Roberto Martinez's side this weekend?

Earlier on in the season

Manchester United 0-1 Everton, December 2013

It was the day when Roberto Martinez managed something that David Moyes didn't as Everton boss, winning at Old Trafford. It only took the one attempt for the Spaniard though as he masterminded Everton's first away win against United for 21 years. Both sides had their chances with David De Gea saving from Kevin Mirallas, and Wayne Rooney's deflected effort hitting the woodwork. But the winner came five minutes from time as Romelu Lukaku's cross/shot ended up falling to Bryan Oviedo who shot low to give the visitors all three points.

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