Everton conclude a quintet of Premier League (PL) home matches against top-six opposition, having returned a healthy record of: W2, D1, L1, from such games prior to kick-off, and taken seven points out of the last nine available from them. Only the 2-0 defeat to Manchester City saw one team win both halves.
Despite being victim to a one-sided H2H PL record overall, Everton boast an excellent PL return from home matches played against Manchester United in the month of April: W3, L1. Three of those games have produced over 1.5 goals and granted Everton the first two match goals.
For their part, Manchester United squads have won to-nil in their last four PL victories at Goodison Park, most recently doing so in last season’s corresponding fixture (2-0). Relevantly, the Red Devils’ last three competitive away wins have all yielded a margin of exactly two goals.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men have also opened the scoring in every one of their competitive away wins under his management. However, United’s pessimists will be interested to note that the Red Devils’ last four competitive away defeats have seen them lose the second half by a one-goal margin.
Players to watch: Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s last two league goals at Goodison Park have each been part of (separate) 2-0 wins for the ‘Toffees’.
Scorer of a brace (and United’s first two match goals) in United’s last two competitive away wins, ex-Evertonian Romelu Lukaku is awaiting his first Goodison Park goal as a Red Devil.
Stat attack: Everton have scored first in four of their last five matches against all opponents.
Across all venues, United have scored first in four (W3, D1) of the last five H2Hs with Everton.
All of Everton’s H2H home PL wins in the month of April have been accompanied by a clean sheet.
Will not play
Referee: Tierney P. (Eng),
Venue: Goodison Park (Liverpool)