Soccer Picks & Tips for Everton vs. Manchester United

Nila Amerova

Thursday, April 17, 2014 5:45 PM GMT

Everton and Manchester United collide in EPL week 35 betting, a pivotal clash in the battle of the top half of the table. Find out what odds are currently available and what value soccer picks we’ve put together for your consideration.

Everton’s Fine Form
Everton host Manchester United in EPL week 35, with the hosts mindful all the while this is a must win match if they hope to advance their cause for a Top 4 finish – a result which is being matched at +333 futures odds at Bet365. The Toffees are tipped as the second favourites after Arsenal, the bookies’ odds on favourites with a considerable edge at -500.

As things currently stand, Everton are fifth in the table with a 19-9-6 mark and 66 points, a point adrift of Arsenal. Last week, Everton briefly enjoyed a stint in the Top 4, underscored by a 3-0 victory over the Gunners at Goodison Park and a 1-0 win over Sunderland on the road. But Arsenal have since reclaimed the coveted fourth spot following midweek Premier League action. The Gunners beat West Ham United on Tuesday and then they were helped along by Everton’s surprise defeat to Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

Undoubtedly, the wobble against Crystal Palace was costly towards Everton’s lofty ambitions. It snapped an overall six-game winning streak that included three clean sheets. But having beaten Man United 1-0 at the Old Trafford earlier this season, the reverse against David Moyes and Co. at Goodison Park presents a great opportunity for Everton to get back on track, not to mention sweep the series against their former managers’ club.

Everton’s home record this season is up there amongst some of the best this season at 12-3-2 through 17 fixtures. Recent form at home included a nine-game winning streak before the hiccup against Crystal Palace, only their second home defeat on the season and first since the second half of the season.

As such, Everton are considered the favourites to win outright across sportsbooks. Albeit with soccer odds on the short side of even money at +140 released on Everton it does seem a rather disingenuous vote of confidence all things being considered.

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Manchester United’s poor form
The verdict in: Man United haven’t made the grade this season. The titleholders start to Premier League life without Sir Fergie has been horribly unsuccessful. Down to seventh in the table – a new nadir for the club – hope for both a Top 4 and Top 6 finish is fading fast with just five games left on their schedule.

Technically, they are still in play for both – just 10 points separate them from Arsenal and with a potential of 15 points up for grabs they have a mathematical shot. But the reality is that it rests on a Hail Mary. The stars would have to align in such a way that it would be a miraculous achievement, not to mention there is hardly any evidence to suggest they are to be trusted to hold up their end of the bargain.

Man U are seventh in table following a 17-6-10 record on the season and 57 points, a record that includes a 7-3-6 mark at home and a 10-3-4 mark on the road. Perhaps the most revealing aspect of their form this season is their record against the top clubs in the league, which isn’t good at all and includes some heavy defeats such as their 3-0 defeats to Man City and Liverpool at The Old Trafford and 3-1 defeat to Chelsea and 2-1 defeat to Tottenham on the road.

Indeed, they have struggled mightily to deal with the quality and depth displayed by their betters this season. And making matters worse as the league sprints towards the finish line is an ever-growing injury list that includes Van Persie and now Wayne Rooney as well, who is ruled out for the rest of the season with a toe injury. Therefore it should come as no surprise to find Man U listed as the underdogs at +180 soccer odds to win outright and the draw listed at +240.

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Soccer Betting Verdict
At the face of it, this clash points towards an Everton win. Everything about this matchup affords the hosts the edge and so it’s somewhat curious that they aren’t priced shorter than they are in soccer betting markets. It’s not for us to question the wisdom of bookmakers – they rarely get things horribly wrong. But in this instance, Everton at +140 to win outright is a gift and it would be wholly remiss of us if we didn’t recommend it on your soccer picks.  So take Everton to win outright. 

Soccer Free Picks: Everton to win outright at +140