'Seriously?': Paul Merson predicts one goal in Everton vs Manchester United clash

Paul Merson answers questions during Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England.

Everton play host to Manchester United in this evening's Premier League clash.

Ex footballer Paul Merson enjoying  day two of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 11, 2015 in Cheltenham, England.

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson predicted the outcome of this evening's Premier League clash between the Toffees and Man United at Goodison Park, when writing his regular prediction column for Sky Sports.

The hosts have been on a decent run of form since Sam Allardyce took over at the end of November, and they currently sit in ninth position in the Premier League table.

A finish inside the Europa League spots is not outside the realms of reality for Everton, but they must string together a sustained run of victories in order for that to be at all possible.

Sam Allardyce looks on from the stand during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on November 29, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

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The visitors, meanwhile, have really struggled of late, drawing their last three league games. What has made their poor run even harder to accept has been their bitter rivals Manchester City's impeccable performances this season.

United need a win just as badly as Everton, so there should be an exciting game of football on display at Goodison Park.

Paul Merson explained why he envisages a tight encounter on Merseyside this evening, when writing his regular prediction column for Sky Sports:

Jose Mourinho  the manager of Chelsea speaks to the media during a press conference at the Chelsea Training Ground on December 8, 2015 in Cobham, England.

Seriously Man Utd? Seriously! They have just played Leicester, Burnley and Southampton and have not won once. I do not know what is happening there. If Arsenal and Tottenham can keep winning then United will be lucky to get in the top four. They are struggling. But then you have Everton. They didn't have a shot on target against Chelsea at home and then losing to Bournemouth was a kick in the teeth. It's alright drawing with Chelsea and not having a shot and then getting points in other places, but personally I think you need to have a go at home. I think there might just be one goal in this and United will sneak it.

Prediction: Everton 0-1 Man United

The game kicks off at 17:30 and can be seen live and exclusive on Sky Sports.

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