Live Match Preview – Manchester United v Everton

Sunday’s second live game sees Everton take on Manchester United at Old Trafford and the big talking point is bound to be Wayne Rooney’s return to the club he scored 253 goals for in all competitions. He came off after 66 minutes on Thursday night in Everton’s Europa cup tie against Atalanta, but I’m sure he’ll be desperate to play against his old team.

United have been fairly dominate in the fixture over the past 10 years, winning 7, drawing 2 and losing just 1, although if you narrow it down to the fixtures since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, they’ve been much less convincing, with just 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat, with last season being a 1-1 draw.

Man Utd have come flying out of the blocks this season and are currently top of the table, on goal difference, from Manchester City, although last weekend they could only manage a draw at Stoke City. Their home form has been impressive, with 2 wins, 6 goals scored and no goals conceded.

Everton on the other hand come into the game on the back of two 3-0 defeats. They started the season in fine form, with a home win against Stoke, followed by a point at Manchester City, but they’ve gone off the boil since then and I can’t see them getting the same result against City’s Manchester neighbours.

At 4/11 for United to win the match, it’s not a bet I can get excited about, so I’ll be looking around at the other markets for a fun bet, to add a little interest to the game.

Zero or Hero (or both)

With Rooney returning to Man United, I’ve got to be having a look at bets surrounding his performance in the match.

bet365 are offering 15/8 on Rooney to be booked during the game and 20/1 him being sent off. Given the occasion, I think it worth a fun bet on him being booked.

To balance the books I’ll also be backing him to score a goal anytime during the match at odds of 4/1.

Now all I need is him to do is score a goal, take his top off to celebrate and get his name in the ref’s note book.

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Wayne Rooney Retires From England Duty

Sky Sports reports that despite Gareth Southgate calling Wayne Rooney this week to say wanted him back in the England squad for the upcoming matches, Rooney has decided the time is right to retire from International football for good.

Bang goes his chance of beating Peter Shilton’s all time England appearance record.

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