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A nightmare evening for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men saw them lose to Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday night.
A woeful bit of defending saw ex-Newcastle and Chelsea striker Demba Ba cruise through from the half way line for the opener, while Edin Visca doubled their lead courtesy of some further poor defending, and although Anthony Martial brought them back to within one strike, his 43rd minute effort proved to be the last of the game.
Everton haven’t exactly been firing on all cylinders themselves, losing back-to-back league matches for the first time under Carlo Ancelotti and although they came away from Goodison Park, they’ll be desperate to stay towards the upper extremities of the table.
It’s no surprise that their two most recent defeats coincided with the absence of star player Richarlison, who’ll serve the last of his three game ban in this next fixture.
Indeed, without the Brazilian in the starting line-up, the Toffees have gone just W1-D5-L4 from their 10 matches since his arrival from Watford in 2018, with that sole victory coming against Burnley in 2018, while in the 73 matches with him, their win percentage improves by a substantial 32% margin to 42%.
Not many could’ve seen the recent performances from Man Utd coming, after they recovered magnificently from their joint biggest Premier League defeat at Old Trafford against Spurs at the start of October, going on to overturn Newcastle (4-1), PSG (2-1) and Leipzig (5-0), while their only other result in that run included a solid draw hosting Chelsea.
It has been anything but positive for them in their recent defeats though and the mangers’ job has certainly come back into questioning. Indeed, the Red Devils currently sit in 15th spot in the league after their 1-0 defeat to Arsenal last weekend, the international break couldn’t come any sooner for them.
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To further their issues, defeat midweek ended a record run of 10 straight victories on the road when including extra time and it looks like a very similar situation to the one current management found themselves in back in February last year.
Indeed, having won nine road game on the bounce after that miracle night in Paris, they went on to lose the next five road games in the midst of a woeful run of W2-D2-L8 across all venues and competitions, with the first of those coming against Arsenal too. With that in mind, we’re certainly not going to be getting behind them in the outright, but they do deserve some credit for their result and shouldn’t be completely written off.
Moreover, considering both fixtures between the two ended in 1-1 stalemates last season, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a repeat of that this weekend.
Half the 10 games Everton have played without their Brazilian striker since 2018/19 have ended in draws, and although Everton look the better of the two sides, the visitors still remain unbeaten in nine league trips dating back to February, and the draw looks the value option.