Match of the Week

Football - Everton v Manchester United FA Cup Semi Final

*No matter what time of year, no matter what continent one is on, on any given weekend one can catch an entertaining soccer game. The key is to know where to look. Well, look no further -- here's a weekly feature that will preview (and eventually recap) my favorite match of the weekend. Consider this your open thread for all of the weekend's matches.*

Yeah, it's Everton. Yeah, it's the third time I've featured one of their games. But I can honestly say that this one is the best match of the week. Wake up early Saturday morning and check it out -- hopefully you won't be sorry.

**The Match:** Manchester United at Everton

**TV:** 6:45 a.m. CDT, Saturday, ESPN2

**Quick Preview:** Everton is coming off of two huge wins -- defeating Chelsea in league play and Sporting Lisbon in Europa League -- and will be looking to continue their streak at home against Man U. If they are to win, they'll have to do it without midfielders Tim Cahill and Marouane Fellaini, both of whom are out injured. Manchester United needs a win to keep pace with first place Chelsea, who they currently sit one point behind. Everton might have some trouble dealing with striker Wayne Rooney -- who broke into the Premier League at Everton -- who has scored 21 goals in 25 Premier League games this season.

**Prediction:** 2-1 Manchester United. Everton won't have enough, the two key injuries will be too much for them to deal with.

As always, I'll be back with the result and a brief recap of the match sometime after it's conclusion. Click [here]( for the full TV listings of this weekend's games. Enjoy. Everton continues their hot streak with a 3-1 victory over Man U. Dimitar Berbatov scored the opener for Manchester United, but Everton canceled out his goal just two minutes later when midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov blasted home from 20 yards. The match went into halftime all square, but Everton took charge in the second, scoring in the 76th through Dan Gosling and in the 90th through Jack Rodwell. Check out full highlights below.


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  • Liverpool/Man City should be a decent game too. Has anyone heard more about FSC going HD soon? I know FSC+ is going to be HD and that is on the 1st but what about FSC?

  • Great match. Landon held his own against the likes of United. Good sign for next summer. This ongoing CBA problem is really starting to scare me. I think that it is stupid to refuse to compromise on both parts, mainly for the reason that no one would win in a strike/lockout. How about a 60-40 compromise to players? They get more guaranteed contracts, not all of them, but more. Give them what they want but limit it.

  • How much is Landon going to hate coming back MLS? He's going to go from Arsenal, Man City, Liverpool, Man United, Chelsea to Salt Lake, Dallas, KC, Columbus...

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