Everton vs. Manchester United Carabao Cup Pick – December 23

The EFL’s Carabao Cup quarter-finals will rage on Wednesday afternoon with a big all Premier League clash between Everton and Manchester United.

The Red Devils busted out in a big way over the weekend against Leeds United, winning by a 6-1 score-line. Their offense finally played to its unique capabilities, and they moved the ball with speed and precision. Against a much better side like Everton, they’ll need a continuation of that.

Though often there are times when certain teams do not typically take these side-tournaments all that importantly, with funds lost to COVID-19, every trophy and subsequent prize money can go a long way. For a smaller club like Everton, don’t expect any let-up in a match they are surely prioritizing. They have gotten off to a fast start in the league, but adding some silverware to their trophy cabinet would be well-received.

Our soccer selections have been in great form lately, and following yesterday’s easy winner with Man City over Arsenal, we’re back at it again with even more analysis and betting angles. Read on beneath the posted odds for a full look at this matchup, as well as our winning wager for this Carabao Cup encounter. Enjoy!

Everton vs. Manchester United Betting Odds:

Everton (+215)
Man United (+115)
Draw (+265)

Over 3 (+105)
Under 3 (-125)

*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag

Everton vs. Manchester United Pick:

While both teams would surely like to progress in this tournament, it seems that manager Carlo Ancelotto of Everton is taking this a little more seriously than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of Man United. Determining motivation ahead of starting lineups is crucial for these smaller competitions, and expect Everton to start about as strong of a starting 11 as they can field.

James Rodriguez does remain out for the Toffees, but Seamus Coleman will return to the side. A welcome addition to shore up the full-back spot, while also adding a nice attacking flair. Everton will line-up in a 4-2-3-1 formation and look to take the game to United with excellent midfield play and ball-winning from Tom Davies, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin remains one of the sport’s most in-form strikers.

That isn’t welcome news to a United defense that still remains in shambles. Despite spending loads of money on high-priced talents, nobody seems to be able to come anywhere near living up to their wages. Expect Harry Maguire to again captain the side, but he’ll likely be surrounded by reserve players in defense. Man United has a crucial match in the Premier League on Boxing Day, and it’s likely they will be resting star talents.

Up front, the aging Edinson Cavani will lead the line – though it remains in doubt how much he truly has left in the tank. The Everton defense is fast and physical, and those four seem well-suited to keep Cavani off the scoresheet.

Ultimately, expect a reserve-heavy lineup from Man United, likely with no Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, or Bruno Fernandes. Those three continue to drive their attack forward, and without that trio, it’s hard to envision Man U maintaining heavy possession or generating much chances at goal.

Everton are taking this seriously and with Man United so clearly prioritizing getting into the top-four of the Premier League, look for a first-team Toffees lineup to secure victory against United. At a very juicy home underdog price, Everton is excellent value on Wednesday afternoon.

My Pick
Everton
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.