Amid a stunning 10-point deduction slapped on Everton, Manchester United – the most in-form team in the Premier League, remain solid betting favorites to beat the Goodison Park side the return to domestic football later this month following the international break.
Everton, who welcome United to Goodison Park, have today been slapped with a massive 10-point deduction due to profit and sustainability rule breaches, sit second from bottom above Burnley, with the promoted side heralded by Manchester City legend, Vincent Kompany, also sat on just four points this season.
As for United, faltering in Europe against both Galatasary and a recent away trip to FC Copenhagen, have been bookended by some much needed positive form in the league, with wins against Fulham away from home, and a lacklustre one-nil win at home to Luton Town courtesy of a second half strike from Victor Lindelof, seeing United emerge as the most in-form side in the Premier League this season so far.
And across a host of markers during this week’s international break, United have opened as narrow 6/4 betting favorties over a 7/4 Everton side led by Sean Dyche, to emerge with another win as they travel to Goodison Park.
Amid the interntional break, a host of markets, including Lemon casino are offering odds on United’s trip to Merseyside for a clash with Everton next year ahead of a busy Christmas period in the Premier League.
Prior to their one-nil victory against Luton Town, Erik ten Hag’s side manage to score late on at Craven Cottage in London, dispatching Fulham with a late edge of the box effort from captain, Bruno Fernandes wrong-footing goalkeeper, Bernd Leno en route to the net for a close victory away from home.
However, as far as European form for United, it’s been more than lacklustre with three more UEFA Champions League group games to play.
Last time out in Denmark, home town prospect, Rasmus Hojlund netted twice in the first half, before FC Copenhagen would draw level following a contentious red card for Marcus Rashford, and a dubious penalty decision against former captain, Harry Maguire.
In the second half, United managed to claw themselves in front once more, with a penalty converted from the above-mentioned Portuguese midfielder, Bruno Fernandes.
However, a late double-salvo from FC Copenhagen shocked United, who were put to the sword in a disappointing 4-3 loss away from home.
Furthermore, in terms of backroom staff on United’s books, chief executive, Richard Arnold is set to depart his role as the Old Trafford side look to bring in an interim executive, ahead of a potential effort to bring in former Juventus chief, Jean-Claude Blanc into the boardroom.
Amid the continued uncertainty regarding motion on an acquisition of some form of United by an INEOS-backed bid from British billionaire, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, former Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur sporting director, Paul Mitchell has been lined up to serve in that role for the Manchester side, as they look to sign the 42-year-old from French side, Monaco.