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Sam Hendry with the best bets for today’s football

Everton vs Manchester United – Sunday 2pm
Both teams have shown marked improvements in recent weeks with most bookies having Everton as slight favourites to continue their revival under Carlo Ancelotti.
United are unbeaten since losing 2-0 to Burnley a month ago and have kept six clean sheets in seven since then.
Everton have been nowhere near as tight at the back but have rediscovered their goalscoring touch and have scored at least twice in their last four games. Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison have been the main beneficiaries.
The Englishman has seven goals in his last nine while Richarlison has found the net in four of the last five games in which he’s been involved. Despite United’s strong defensive record, I fancy the Brazilian to continue his good form and he is 11/2 to score first or 7/4 anytime.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be sweating over the fitness of Anthony Martial after he missed their Europa League second leg against Club Brugge with a muscle injury. If he doesn’t make it, then Bruno Fernandes will have to shoulder even more responsibility than he already has in his short United career.
This has the makings of an entertaining clash and I favour odds of 10/3 for a score draw which will harm neither side’s growing momentum.
Aston Villa vs Manchester City – Sunday 4.30pm
The first domestic trophy of the season is up for grabs on Sunday (the Community Shield doesn’t count) and Man City are overwhelming favourites to lift the League Cup for the third year in a row and fifth time in the last seven.
There is not a lot of value on offer though for Pep Guardiola’s side to win. They demolished Villa 6-1 in their last meeting and are 1/7 to win in 90 mins. Even City to win by 3+ goals is barely touching evens odds.
Villa are huge underdogs, but even accounting for that 6-1 loss, they are still a frankly ridiculous 18/1 to win on Sunday. That seems way too large for two teams from the same division playing in a cup final and may be worth a quid or two.
Realistically, though, City should win this trophy with ease, particularly if they keep a handle on Jack Grealish who is Villa’s only reliable source of goals.
Villa were very poor last week against Southampton and only an injury time penalty got them on the scoresheet against City last time. 8/11 for City to win to nil may be the best value bet on offer.

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