Manchester United can go 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League table by the time their match finishes at around 19.30 on Saturday. There will also be only 12 games left. That will mean that United will have to lose at least four games and Manchester City win all of theirs. Even then it might come down to goal difference, but this time United have the advantage. It is unlikely that this scenario will develop however, as City do not look like a team that can win all of their last twelve matches, especially as they include away fixtures at Everton, Tottenham Hotspurs and Manchester United. They also have tricky home matches against Chelsea and Newcastle.
With that in mind, it has come a good news to United followers that Everton`s main threat, Marouane Fellaini has a hip injury which could keep him out of the United match. Hip injuries are notoriously difficult to assess and treat, especially for a footballer. Manchester United were caught cold in their first match of the season at Goodison Park, however, they had a number of their best defenders missing that day, with Michael Carrick having to cover at centre back. It was this situation that allowed Fellaini the freedom to cause maximum damage to United in that match.
However, United now have a full contingent of players available. They rested Vidic in preparation for this game and will have a choice from Evans, Ferdinand and Smalling for the other centre back position. Everton have played well in parts this season, but United are now on a familiar victory roll, which is something they do every season at this time of year.
It will be a closely fought affair, but with home advantage and the possibility if Fellaini missing the match, or at least not fully fit, United will have too much for Everton with home advantage taken into account.
I expect United to win either 2-1 or 2-0.