Tuesday, September 19

Can Romelu Lukaku and Wayne Rooney impress when Manchester United play Everton?

Manchester United play host to Everton in the Premier League on Friday afternoon, but all eyes will be on the contributions of Romelu Lukaku and Wayne Rooney.

Twelve months ago, the prospect of Romelu Lukaku and Wayne Rooney trading places at Manchester United and Everton would have been considered pure fantasy but on Sunday afternoon, both of the forwards get an opportunity to strike an early blow against their former clubs. In theory, they have every chance of finding the back of the net - Lukaku has netted six in six for United in all competitions while Rooney already has important goals against Stoke City and Manchester City to his name - but it is never that simple when two of the Premier League's top-seven clubs meet, is it?

The best Bet365 offer will not make you the biggest profit if you select either the Belgian or Englishman to net at Old Trafford, but you can get some excellent value by placing faith in both players and looking to benefit from another bet. Take, for example, the 6/5 on offer for United to win and over 2.5 goals to be scored. With Lukaku having netted in all but one of his appearances for United and Everton still hurting from losing 3-0 to Tottenham Hotspur last week, that selection appears to be a no-brainer.

Four goals or more to be scored in the match also takes our fancy at 9/4. When you take into consideration that United were able to coast past Basel in the Champions League in front of their own supporters almost 48 hours ahead of Everton meeting Atalanta BC in Italy in the Europa League, there is no doubting that United are going to be the fresher of the two sides and Old Trafford is not a stadium you want to play at when tiredness is creeping in. On that note, you may fancy the 7/2 which is available for over 2.5 goals to be netted in the second half.

We cannot ignore the main man himself either - Marouane Fellaini. Jose Mourinho has spent the last few days speaking highly of the versatile former Everton man who continues to divide opinion but with Paul Pogba out of the equation because of a hamstring injury, do not be surprised to see Fellaini given a role in the United midfield, or even further forward in support of Lukaku. You can get roughly 9/1 for Fellaini to score the first goal, or around 3/1 for the 29-year-old to get on the scoresheet during the match. If you are feeling ambitious and want to keep to the connection between United and Everton, Morgan Schneiderlin is approximately 11/1 as an anytime goalscorer. However, the midfielder has scored two goals since the summer of 2015 so bet at your own risk...

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