Everton and Manchester United do battle at Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime in the Premier League.
There are always sparks when Manchester meets Merseyside and both clubs have plenty to play for ahead of the international break.
Everton’s flying start to the season has tailed off slightly in recent weeks, with back-to-back defeats seeing them relinquish Premier League top spot to rivals Liverpool.
However, they still reside in the Champions League places, somewhere opponents Manchester United wish to be come the end of the campaign.
The top four seems a long way off for United right now though, with the Red Devils currently 15th in the Premier League table and reeling from a wretched Champions League display midweek against Istanbul Basaksehir.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lost 2-1 in the Turkish capital and speculation is mounting over whether this game against Everton will be the make or break regarding his Manchester United future.
Some reports have claimed United have made contact with the representatives of Mauricio Pochettino, with it expected the former Spurs boss will be first choice should Solskjaer be dismissed.
An Everton win will reignite their top 4 ambitions whilst at the same time ensuring United slip to at least 17th in the table.
However, if Carlo Ancelotti’s side are to secure all three points they’ll need to do so without Richarlison and Lucas Digne, both of whom are suspended for the game at Goodison Park.
Star summer signing James Rodriguez may return to the starting 11 after missing the last fixture due to a fatigue based injury. Andre Gomes, Seamus Coleman and Ben Godfrey will all be assessed ahead of the game after recent knocks.
Manchester United will be without Alex Telles as he self-isolates following a positive coronavirus test. Eric Bailly remains out with injury for a couple of weeks, whilst fellow defender Victor Lindelof will be put through a fitness test after a back injury.
Everton v Manchester United is a 1230 kick off on Saturday 7th November.