The Premier League’s third and fourth-placed teams meet at Goodison Park on Wednesday with both flying.

Everton have beaten Chelsea, Leicester and Arsenal in their last three matches, while United are breaking records with their away form.

That run of 10 Premier League wins on the road includes a triumph at Goodison Park already this season, when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was clinging to his job. Both managers are sat rather snugly in their seats this time around, but you could argue that one team needs victory more than the other this week.

Everton need a trophy. Any will do. Carlo Ancelotti has got a lot of things right in his year in charge at Goodison but the next step is silverware.

It’s been a quarter of a century since the Toffees last tasted triumph in any competition – 9,348 days to be precise – and that drought is a large part of the reason they turned to Ancelotti, a trophy hunter with major honours in five different countries. Continue reading

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