Manchester United v Everton
Last Updated: 09/02/13 2:34pm
Manchester United have the chance to build on their nine-point lead at the top of the table when they entertain top-four chasing Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The Red Devils beat Southampton 2-1 at Old Trafford last week, with Wayne Rooney's brace sealing the victory ahead of a trip to Fulham on Saturday, where they triumphed 1-0.
Rooney was also the hero of that success, popping up with a 79th-minute winner at Craven Cottage to hand United the three points and help stretch their unbeaten run to 12 games in all competitions.
Everton, meanwhile, remain firmly in the hunt for a UEFA Champions League spot after holding onto fifth place to keep the pressure on Chelsea and Tottenham.
David Moyes' side saw off West Brom 2-1 in Wednesday's game as Leighton Baines scored twice, once from the penalty spot, then hosted Aston Villa in a dramatic encounter on Saturday.
The 3-3 draw saw Villa pegged back after twice going ahead, with Marouane Fellaini's brace - including a stoppage-time equaliser - salvaging a share of the spoils for the Toffees.
Last season's corresponding fixture was an eight-goal thriller as the Toffees came from 4-2 behind to hold their hosts to a 4-4 draw, with late goals from Nikica Jelavic - his second of the game - and Steven Pienaar sealing the comeback.
That clash contributed to United's title collapse last season and they will be keen to avoid a repeat this time around.
However, Everton travel to Old Trafford knowing they have inflicted one of just three league defeats on the Red Devils this term - a 1-0 win at Goodison Park in their opening match of the campaign.
Talismanic midfielder Fellaini was once again the star man in that curtain-raiser as he powered home a 57th-minute headed winner to cap an imperious display.
Robin van Persie made his United debut as a substitute at Goodison Park but while he did not find the back of the net in that encounter he has gone on to establish himself as the club's main man this season, notching 22 goals in 28 appearances in all competitions.
Everton's win back in August marked just their third success in 16 Premier League meetings between the two sides and the Red Devils will be keen to prevent them stretching that tally any further.
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Barclays Premier League Pos Team P Pts 1 Arsenal 16 35 2 Liverpool 16 33 3 Chelsea 16 33 4 Manchester City 16 32 5 Everton 16 31 6 Newcastle United 16 27 7 Tottenham Hotspur 16 27 8 Manchester United 16 25 9 Southampton 16 24 10 Swansea City 16 20 11 Aston Villa 16 19 12 Hull City 16 19 13 Stoke City 16 18 14 Norwich City 16 18 15 Cardiff City 16 17 16 West Bromwich Albion 16 15 17 West Ham United 16 14 18 Crystal Palace 16 13 19 Fulham 16 13 20 Sunderland 16 9