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Friday, 24 October 2008

Everton Vs Manchester United: Premier League Prediction Panel 2008/09 - preview and predictions

There's never a good time to play Manchester United but Everton have more reasons to be worried than most. The Toffees have picked up just two points from a possible 12 at Goodison Park this season, they let a two goal lead slip against struggling Newcastle United last time out on Merseyside, and they have only recorded one victory over the Premiership champions and Champions League holders in the past 13 clashes at home. I think it's fair to say not too many people will be putting their hard earned cash on Everton recording their first home win of the campaign this weekend.

Everton's last win over United came in April 2005 when big Duncan Ferguson scored the only goal of the game, but you have to go back to August 1999 for the last time the Toffees got a share of the spoils against the Red Devils, courtesy of a Jaap Stam own goal.

The Toffees were unfortunate against Arsenal at the Emirates last weekend but David Moyes will be looking for more determination from his players against Rooney and co.

Manchester United on the other hand are in sublime form at the moment. They have won their past six games on the trot, scored 17 times and haven't conceded in their past five outings. Former Everton star Wayne Rooney has been on fire in recent weeks, bagging nine goals in seven games for club and country, and returns to Goodison looking to record his 100th professional career goal. For him it would mean the world to reach that milestone at the ground he worshipped as a boy, however, I'm sure the home fans will not be so appreciative if he were to score. But when you add Berbatov's tally of five in four and the fact that Ronaldo is nearing full fitness, then you realise how much pressure will be on the Everton defence.

Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra should be back in contention for United after missing their Champions League win over Celtic, but Paul Scholes and Owen Hargreaves are still out.

Tim Cahill is still suspended following his red card in the Merseyside derby but Yobo and Anichebe should be available while Tony Hibbert faces a late fitness test on his ankle.

Everton (16) vs Manchester United (5); Kick Off 12noon, October 25, 2008

Prediction Panel

Our panel contains both Squarefootball writers and readers, the writers are marked: (sqf).

Tony Bellew:

1-3

Dave Blackburn:

0-2

Sue Gardener:

0-2

Chris Goodwin:

1-3

Paul Grech (sqf):

1-3

Hugh Larkin (sqf):

1-2

Colin Illingworth (sqf):

1-4

Peter Lee:

0-2

Don McMahon:

2-3

Antony Melvin (sqf):

0-2

Stephen Orford (sqf):

1-3

Tony Ratton:

1-3

Peter Rendle:

1-3

Dan Taylor:

1-2

Bill Urban (sqf):

1-3

Andy Wakeman:

0-2

Isaac Williams:

1-2

Mark Williams:

1-2

Panel Verdict

Home 0; Draw 0; Away 18

I think it's fair to say that the panel would put all of their worldly possessions on Manchester United beating the Toffees.

* Do we have it right or do you know better? Please don't bother with derisory comments after the match - unless you also pulled us up before it.

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