Everton vs Manchester United betting tips and predictions for the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley live on BBC One, Kick off 5:15pm.
The FA Cup still holds its value to most football purists, and a semi-final between two of the most successful teams in FA Cup history could prove to be a fantastic clash, our Everton v Man United betting preview includes three tips.
Form is definitely with Manchester United at this time in the season, they’ve won five of their last six games, including a 1-0 home win against Everton in the Premier League. Apart from the ten-minute blip at White Hart Lane, United are defensively solid, and play a possession based football which limits the opposition’s chances to score. They put Crystal Palace to bed with ease on Wednesday night winning 2-0, which is the perfect preparation going into Wembley. Louis Van Gaal has had his critics, but in recent weeks he really has got the best from his team and as they close the gap on the top four, if he were to achieve top four and win the FA Cup, given other teams faults this season you could consider it a successful season.
Everton couldn’t be in a worse state going into the biggest game of their season. Winless since beating Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter final, a run of six matches. They’ve scored just two goals in that time as well. Earlier in the season they were slightly masking their defensive inefficiencies by scoring many goals, now they have dried up and the defending hasn’t improved, it’s become even clearer just how shocking the Everton defence has been this season. They suffered one of the most embarrassing Merseyside derby defeats on Wednesday night as well. They lost 4-0, but it could have been more, much more. They didn’t register a single shot on target, and there was no passion or plan B. Roberto Martinez is on the brink, as he seems to have lost even his most supportive fans.
There is a massive defender shortage at Everton which concerns their fans. John Stones went off with stomach cramps against Liverpool, Phil Jagielka and Seamus Coleman are still major doubts and Ramiro Funes Mori is suspended for the game after his straight red card. This means a makeshift back four is likely, and given when full strength they’ve been frail, it doesn’t look good for Everton.
My first Everton vs Manchester United prediction is Man United to win. There’s no point going for a BTTS win or win to nil as you just don’t know what Everton will turn up to this game. Form and starting XI’s massively favour United, as well as the return of Wayne Rooney, who does tend to score against his boyhood club.
My second Everton vs Man United betting tip of the match is going to be 0-0 correct score at half time. As poor as Everton are defensively, it is a semi-final. Roberto Martinez will attempt to set his side out to defend properly, and Manchester United aren’t free scorers, so they may take some time to settle into the game themselves.
My final FA Cup semi-final betting tip for Everton vs Manchester United this weekend is Wayne Rooney to score first. He was bang in form before his injury, and after returning in the game on Wednesday night, he will be fully fit and raring to go against his old club. It would be the final nail in the coffin if he was to score in a win against Everton, and he is 6/1 with Coral to score first.
Manchester United to win – 11/10 with Ladbrokes.
Half time score 0-0 – 7/4 with William Hill.
Wayne Rooney to score first – 6/1 with Coral.
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