Can Everton Do Their City Rivals A Favor and Shock Manchester United Tonight?

Rocky GettersSenior Writer IJanuary 31, 2009

Well, there are more chances of an alien invasion tonight than the Toffees beating the Red Devils! Even earning a draw will probably be too much to ask of the gritty David Moyes side. Especially with the new injury worries haunting them now.

Everton's main man this entire season has been Tim Cahill. A talented midfielder. transformed into a make-shift striker due to the other injury worries facing Everton, he has been scoring goals for fun. But in Wednesday's game against Arsenal, he injured his right foot.

This means he most probably won't feature in tonight's big game. Accompanying him on the injured list is young Marouane Fellaini, who has been impressive this season. So seems like David Moyes will have little aggressive options and will have to field a blunt attack.

Manchester United have injury worries of their own though. A long list which includes the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney, Patrice Evra, and Ji-Sung Park.

But the 5-0 demolition of West Brom on Tuesday just showed the world once again why Manchester United are such a dominant force. Injuries or not, they can win, and win big I tell you!

And Old Trafford just isn't known to be kind to travelling teams.

One word that keeps getting repeated whenever we talk about Everton is "heart". Their spirited display against Liverpool has almost buried Liverpool's title hopes this season. And had Robin van Persie not stolen the game from them in the 90th minute in midweek, they might have been a couple of points richer.

No one can travel to the red side of Manchester and defend for ninety minutes. But then where will Everton's goals come from? Manchester United have kept a clean sheet in the top flight a record-breaking eleven times. And with the kind of form Van Der Sar is in, it doesn't look like a depleted Everton will even tickle the home goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Dimitar Berbatov will again be the men to watch out for, their hunger for goals never seems to die. A player much rumored to leave the club, Carlos Tevez, a much hyped Fabio, and experienced heads Scholes and Giggs will be all again dying to prove themselves yet again.

On the Everton front, Mikel Arteta, Steven Pienaar, and Leon Osman will look to threaten the Manchester goal, although it's an uphill task. Everton will never wave the white flag, so expect a tough encounter nonetheless. Maybe an eighty-eight minute drought, a dozen missed chances by Manchester United, and finally a Mikel Arteta free-kick to win it for Everton? Well, it takes just one defeat to end a winning streak so who knows!

But miracles or surprises aside, looks like Manchester United are all set to extend their lead at the top to five points, when they defeat Everton tonight.

And with his "friend" Rafa going through hell right now, there is nothing more Sir Alex Ferguson would love than to beat Liverpool's Merseyside rivals.

January shall belong to Manchester United.