The fixture has been given extra spice by virtue of the fact that Manchester United have just signed Robin van Persie, who might join up with Wayne Rooney for the first time as the latter returns to his former club where he always gets a fierce reception.
The bookies are taking no chances with their odds about the Red Devils and the best odds about an away win is 10/11 (BetVictor free bets), although Sir Alex Ferguson won’t be underestimating the task facing United and looks set to be missing Rio Ferdinand for this Premier League opener.
Perhaps Van Persie will have to contend with a place on the bench and we certainly shouldn’t expect an attacking line-up from Manchester United although the Dutchman is a 9/2 chance (bet365) to enjoy a dream debut by opening the scoring, while Rooney is a similar price to break the deadlock.
Everton have just completed the signing of Kevin Mirallas although the Belgian is not available for Monday night’s game, with the Toffees looking to avoid their customary slow start which leaves them playing catch-up at the end of the campaign.
It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the home team eke out a slender victory and odds of 7/2 about an Everton three points probably look a touch too big, with the draw priced at 11/4.
Nikica Jelavic had a wonderful goals to game ratio for the Merseyside club when arriving from Rangers last January and the Croatian is 15/2 to score first in this game, having bagged a brace at Old Trafford last term.