Man United v Everton, Sunday 12:30
After getting the title pursuit back on track with a 4-0 win over Aston Villa last weekend, Manchester United will look to stay out of the reach of bitter rivals Manchester City this weekend as Ladbrokes offer free bets and massive odds on Everton causing an upset at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils succumbed to an ever-improving Wigan Athletic side last week, falling to within five points of City.
One man who’ll be especially eager to net on Sunday is Wayne Rooney, who made his Premier League debut as a fresh-faced Evertonian but certainly fights for the United cause these days.
However, the forward has failed to score in his last six league fixtures against his old side, last finding the back of the Toffees’ net in 2007.
After a heap of controversy regarding his exit last year, Rooney has enjoyed one of his most prolific seasons to date, scoring on 31 occasions so far this campaign.
The striker is one of the most obvious factors that Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have looked so good going forward when playing in home territory this season, scoring an average of 2.71 goals per game at Old Trafford in the 2011-12 term.
However, blocking their path is the considerably tough Everton defence who have proven themselves to be one of the sternest back lines in the English top flight this season.
The Merseysiders currently find themselves sitting above bitter rivals Liverpool in seventh and while European football is far from assured, David Moyes’ men will be doing everything in their power to not slip back into mid-table.
Sunday’s visitors have leaked an average of 1.03 goals per game this season making them the third best defence in the Premier League but the absence of Leighton Baines, out with a hamstring injury, will be noticeable with Antonio Valencia now likely to line up against Phil Neville.
Royston Drenthe will also be absent through a disciplinary matter while Jack Rodwell is likely to be out for the season, also with a hamstring problem.
It emerged this week that Anderson will miss the rest of Manchester United’s season along with Paul Pogba while Ashley Young is fighting for fitness ahead of Sunday’s encounter.