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Everton hosts Manchester United on Saturday
By Ethan Back

Barclays Premier League
Week 9

Kick-off: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. ET
Line: Everton +220, Manchester United +125, Tie +230, Total: 2.5

Everton host Manchester United in an intriguing matchup on Saturday.

Everton has been in decent form at the beginning of the 2015 season, and the Liverpool-based side currently sits at seventh in the league table, just three points out of fourth. American goalkeeper Tim Howard, who played well for his country in an international friendly against Costa Rica despite losing the match 1-0, will be in net. The usual centerback pairing of Phil Jagielka and John Stones will be back in action, with the latter ready to return from a minor knee injury, and Seamus Coleman and youngster Brendan Galloway will likely be on the flanks. Gareth Barry and James McCarthy will control the center of the park, while Arouna Koné, Steven Naismith, and Ross Barkley are likely to feature in the attacking midfield. Romelu Lukaku will be the lone striker, and he has had an excellent season to date, scoring five goals and providing two assists in eight starts. He will be hoping to score on David De Gea, who played remarkably well in Spain’s 1-0 win over Ukraine in the European Championship qualifiers. A makeshift back line of Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian, and Ashley Young will probably defend for United, and two of Morgan Schneiderlin, Michael Carrick, and Bastian Schweinsteiger will play in center midfield. Manager Louis van Gaal’s preferred starting attacking foursome of Memphis Depay, Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, and Anthony Martial will again likely start, but perhaps Depay or Rooney should be replaced by the talented Ander Herrera. Both of these goalkeepers are solid, but the offenses are too, and given Manchester United’s tendency to concede early, over 2.5 goals will be scored. This should be an entertaining match, and expect Everton to score in the first twenty minutes and the game to eventually finish 2-2.