Everton host Manchester United in what is a must-win game for the sides on Sunday’s showpiece match in the English Premier League.
Having signed sought-after managers, the clubs were expected to be in the top four without breaking a sweat this season.
Yet, as is the norm in the Premier League, things haven’t gone as planned for both Ronald Koeman and Jose Mourinho.
So when the 7th placed side travels to the 8th ranked team, what can be expected? United are the stronger side and should they win here, it will be a turning point in their season.
The Toffees are in a slump right now and should they lose against United, a free fall down the league table beckons.
Having won only one game in their last 9, suggest Koeman needs to mix things up and perhaps give youth a chance
Romelu Lukaku hasn’t scored since since September, when Everton beat West Ham 2-0. That game was also the last game they emerged victorious, losing twice and drawing once in the three subsequent game since then. The Belgian along with Ross Barkley and and Yannick Bolasie form a talented but inconsistent attacking trident for Everton.
They have an almost complete squad to welcome the Red Devils, as Mo Besic the only injured player.
Manchester United
United have been quite inconsistent in the league, drawing too many games for their fans liking.
Dominating most teams in terms of posession and chances created, their finishing has been poor in recent games, much to the disappointment of Jose Mourinho.
Their mid-week demolition of West Ham has raised hopes that perhaps a return to the glory days is on the cards but one good game does not a season make does it?
In Zlatan Ibrahimovic they have a striker who is looking rejuvenated after undergoing a slight slump and with the likes of Juan Mata and Anthony Martial also impressing, United should score a few on Sunday.
Luke Shaw is doubtful to make it and the central defensive duo Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling both remain injured. Good news is there, however, as midfielders Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini are available after having served a one-match suspension.
Super Stat: Manchester United have won at Goodison Park on 15 occasions in the Premier League; at no other away venue have they won more often in competition history.