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Everton v Manchester United Premier League Preview

Can Everton beat Manchester United to continue their late season form?

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Where: Goodison Park, Liverpool

When: 13:30 BST, Sunday 26 April

Referee: Andre Marriner

Team News

Steven Pienaar is set to miss out, but Leon Osman and James McCarthy have both returned to training after niggles and should be available to play. Meanwhile Bryan Oviedo, Tony Hibbert, and Darron Gibson stay on the sidelines with their respective injury problems.

The Opposition

Manchester United have come in to form in the latter part of the season, winning six of their last seven games. That single defeat came against Chelsea last weekend, where the Red Devils battered the Stamford Bridge outfit only to be caught on the break in typical Jose Mourinho fashion. They could also have Phil Jones, Daley Blind, and Michael Carrick returning from injury on Sunday, making it even more difficult for the Toffees.

What To Look For

At around the same time last season we beat United 2-0 to end David Moyes' reign at Old Trafford, and surely everyone remembers the Grim Reaper in the crowd behind the Scot as it all unfolded. However, this time round the Blues will sure have to be far more wary of their opponents, and not just go straight for the jugular. It wouldn't be too surprising if we saw the midfield block of Gareth Barry, James McCarthy, and Mohamed Besic make a reappearance for the encounter.

On a brighter note, Romelu Lukaku is only two goals away from 20 for the campaign. Were he to hit that mark surely most will have to admit it hasn't been that bad a debut year for a 21-year-old. Especially as he has had to deal with being in a struggling team throughout.

However, the performance against Burnley last week does give hope that the Belgian will be getting more chances to hit the back of the net. Albeit against the relegation strugglers, we had 66% possession and 21 shots on goal. This is a massive improvement, and signs that maybe, just maybe, Roberto Martinez is starting to work through the troubles.

The Final Word

With us unbeaten in five, and our opponents looking to get back on track after their defeat last weekend, I think this could end up a draw. 1-1 seems likely, with neither side wanting to lose, and our defence looking strong recently.