Everton – Manchester United: Carlo Ancelotti and Everton hope to snap a three-match winless run when they see a weary Manchester United on Saturday at Goodison Park (Watch live, 7:30am ET online via NBCSports.com)
The Toffees’ high-flying start to the season was derailed by consecutive losses to Southampton and Newcastle, both matches played without Richarlison, yet sit just three points off leaders Liverpool.
Manchester United opens the weekend in 15th place, six points behind Everton with a match-in-hand. It lost to Istanbul Basaksehir in Turkey on Wednesday and is hoping to win for just the second time in its last five PL outings.
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Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Everton – Manchester United, as the Toffees will be without one attacking star but get another one back.
Team news (INJURY REPORT)
Richarlison remains suspended but Everton welcome back James Rodriguez and Mason Holgate from injury, while Lucas Digne returns from suspension.
⚠️ 𝙏𝙀𝘼𝙈 𝙉𝙀𝙒𝙎 ⚠️
— Everton (@Everton) November 7, 2020
Manchester United make four changes to the team which lost at Istanbul Basaksehir in midweek, as David de Gea, Victor Lindelof, Fred and Scott McTominay all start. They are without Eric Bailly (muscular), Alex Telles (COVID-19), Jesse Lingard (muscular), and Phil Jones (undisclosed).
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 7, 2020
What they’re saying ahead of Everton – Manchester United
Everton goalkeeper Robin Olsen on his debut against Newcastle: “Everybody wants to play football. I will keep going and train hard and hope I will play again. It is nice to have my debut but I am disappointed about the result. There is nothing I can be happy about right now. It was pleasing to make those saves but they didn’t help the team because we lost. Maybe in one or two days I can look back and be happy with the saves but right now it is hard to stand here and be happy.”
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer on losing to Basaksehir: “It’s set us back a lot. You get a reality check when you play a football game here. You don’t just turn up and get three points in the Champions League. We played against lots of good individuals in a good team, well set up and organized. We weren’t good enough. … It’s not easy to be positive, not when you play like this.”
Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)
This one’s tight: Everton at home produces +185 for a win, with +250 coming if the sides split points. Manchester United is a slight favorite, paying +140 for the W.
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Everton – Manchester United prediction
The big question: How fit is James Rodriguez? Because this match could be a total toss-up if both James and Richarlison are out while United’s crew deals with travel back from Turkey. With that caveat, we’ll peg Everton 1-1 Man United as our final prediction.
How to watch Everton – Manchester United stream and start time
Kickoff: 7:30am ET Saturday
TV Channel: NBCSN
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com