Premier League Preview: Everton vs. Manchester United

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  • Man Utd 82W-42D-66L all-time
  • Toffees won last 3 vs. Utd at Goodison
  • Everton won 4 of last 6 in series

Everton can climb into the Top Four by growing its five-match unbeaten run against visiting Manchester United on Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra)

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The Toffees have picked up a pair of wins to go with three draws on the last five Match Days, including draws against Swansea, Liverpool and Spurs, with wins over Chelsea and West Brom.

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Is Roberto Martinez’s revolution hitting its stride? A win on Saturday would be quite a good sign for an Everton side ready to make its move from contending ambition into Top Four reality.

Lurking in the visitors’ end are the Red Devils, who are hoping to avoid a second-consecutive loss after its 3-0 loss to Arsenal before the international break.

Good news for United: Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick are fit despite not featuring for England over the international break, and Bastian Schweinsteiger should be good to go. Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo could be fit for selection as well, according to the United web site.

What they’re saying

Gerard Deulofeu on the growing Goodison confidence: “There’s a sense of something building. I’m convinced. We’re young, growing together. Players like John Stones, Lukaku, Barkley, McCarthy – good players, competitive players, young players backed by experience with Phil Jagielka, Gareth Barry, Leighton Baines, Tim Howard. Europe is the objective, for now. Roberto doesn’t talk to me about [the future] but he doesn’t need to because I see it.”

Louis van Gaal on his United players have to carry themselves: “We want to be the champions, so we have to behave like the champions. You have to improve everytime. It is no just the members of staff, it is also my cook Mike. He has a big influence in the canteen. A lot of people are important.”

Prediction

Lot of talent on display Saturday, and it’s easy to imagine the match going in just about any direction. United will have been licking its wounds since the Arsenal loss, but Everton is a side growing in confidence and, perhaps, ready to explode. Let’s call it an entertaining 2-2 draw between two exciting sides.