The Toffees plot a sweet win as Manchester United visit Goodison
Monday Night Football returns to our screens with a cracker at Goodison Park, as Manchester Unite are in town looking to start their season with a win against Everton, and to celebrate the return of the Premier League, William Hill are offering enhanced wincasts on every match this weekend.
On the losing side of the most dramatic end to a league season of all time, Manchester United will have found the loss of their title a bitter pill to swallow, but an off season of contemplation led Sir Alex Ferguson to the transfer market, and to all those who doubted the Red Devils' title credentials before, the additions of Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund and Robin van Persie from (no longer) title rivals Arsenal have dispelled possible quandary. Of course, the main man at Old Trafford continues to be hair specialist Wayne Rooney, who racked up 27 league goals last year. If you fancy the English striker to grab a goal anytime in a Man United win on Monday night, view our enhanced wincast price of 9/4 here (from 15/8).
For Everton, a 7th place finish, one ahead of bitter local rivals Liverpool, was perhaps the best they could hope considering the quality of competition around them. However, they too have made some solid signings during the transfer window, and should expect to challenge for European competition this year. Steven Naismith arrives from the club formerly known as Rangers, whilst they secure the permanent return of South African winger Steven Pienaar, however the biggest move made was for tricky Belgian forward Kevin Mirallas, whose brilliant goal scoring record at Olympiakos will stand him in good stead for Premier League life. For the Toffees, Croatian striker Nikita Jelavic will be relied upon to provide a constant goal threat throughout the season, and if you think he will score in an Everton win at home, then you can view our enhanced wincast price of 6/1 here (from 9/2).
Manchester United's record against their Merseyside rivals is impressive, having lost only one of their last 14, however were pegged back from 3-1 to draw 4-4 late last season in the run that saw the lose their grip on the Premier League trophy. Everton's run to end the season saw them unbeaten in 9, including 5 wins, aided by Jelavic's 9 goals, the club's leading goal scorer. United's potent goal threat of Rooney and van Persie is likely to see them score for fun in the 2012/13 campaign, especially early on considering ‘Wazza's' record of scoring 10 goals in his last 9 games in August. You can view our Premier League Top Goalscorer market here.
Everton will need to take points from the better teams in the league if they are to challenge for a top 6 place, and to start with a win against Manchester United would be the perfect way to start.
The game kicks off at 20:00, with coverage beginning on Sky Sports 1 at 19:00, you can bet now and in-play with William Hill - the Home of Betting.