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Nic Ladds 21st Nov 2009 - 10:01

Everton unlikely to break Old Trafford duck

Punters will be sitting back to enjoy the second televised game between Manchester United and Everton knowing that if the steam in to United at odds of 2/5 their money looks safe.

David Moyes' side are as big as 9/1 to get a victory at Old Trafford and usually you would think Everton have a chance against any side due to their solid defence and ability to nick games, but this Toffees team is not the force of old and they have so far struggled to find any form and sit twelfth in the table.

Everton have won just one of their last 28 Premier League meetings with the Red Devils, while United have won 13 and drawn three of the last 16 game between the two at Old Trafford so a stalemate at 3/1 doesn't even look particularly likely.

Moyes has some serious injury worries with Jo, Bilyaletdinov, Neville, Osman, Pienaar and Saha all out of doubtful to name a handful of the selection problems they have, so Tim Cahill and Yakubu have virtually all the onus on them, both at 12/1 to score first, while Saha is 9/1 should he start and the one class, fit midfielder Morouane Fellaini is 11/2 to score anytime.

United meanwhile have Berbatov, Carrick, Neville and O'Shea doubtful or out but with Wayne Rooney (7/2 to score first) and Michael Owen (9/2) likely to lead the line with able support from Luis Valencia (7/1) and Ryan Giggs (10/1), goals should not be a problem against the leaky away defence who have not kept a clean sheet in nine games in all competitions.

United have been quite inconsistent though this season and will hope to make amends for their loss to Chelsea last time and looking at their recent scores, they seem to have a habit of scoring two goals so backing 2-0 at 9/2 or 2-1 at 13/2 to United looks a sensible option.

Everton are a big price 20/1 to upset the home side and win 2-1 while a 1-0 smash-and-grab is 14/1 but with everything against the Toffees, it is hard to see them pulling off a miraculous victory.

Alex Ferguson will be aware that Chelsea are pulling clear at the top of the Premier League and nothing less than a win will suffice against an under-strength, under-performing Everton side who haven't won at Old Trafford since 1992.

Everton could make life difficult for United for a bit though so an investment on draw/Man Utd at 10/3 could be worth an investment while a draw on the half time betting at 13/10 looks a fair bet.

While this isn't one of United's strongest sides they should be able to maintain the pressure on Chelsea at the top of the league but in turn they are already hoping the Blues and indeed Arsenal slip up, which for a side of this calibre is a worry and anything but a win here would spell real trouble for the red half on Manchester.


Man Utd to win 2-1 - 13/2

Draw half time - 13/10


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