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17/08/2012 20:32, Report by M Froggatt, A O'Connor
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Preview: Everton v United

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Date, time and coverage: Monday 20 August 2012, 20:00 BST kick-off. Live on Sky Sports in the UK. Follow it live on ManUtd.com with text and radio.

Form guide: Obviously it's difficult to assess form for the opening match of the Barclays Premier League season, given neither team has played a competitive game since 13 May. But United arrive at Goodison Park on the back of a successful DHL tour during which the Reds played six, winning four and drawing one. The one loss, against Barcelona, was only on penalties. The Toffees, meanwhile, nabbed three wins from six warm-ups but lost the last one at Malaga.

Betting: The Reds are rated as 4/5 favourites to start the campaign with a win (the draw is 5/2 and the Toffees are out at 17/5). United fans will be hoping Robin van Persie features at Goodison Park and the former Arsenal striker can be backed at 6/5 to score a debut goal or 9/2 to break the deadlock. Register here with bwin and if you wager £5 or more on the match, you will be automatically entered into a prize draw for two Old Trafford season tickets, signed shirts and £100 free bets.

Ins and outs: Sir Alex Ferguson looks set to hand official debuts to new signings van Persie and Shinji Kagawa on Monday, while fellow new recruit Nick Powell could feature on the bench.The boss is also due to recall captain Nemanja Vidic, who hasn't played a competitive game since December 2011. Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans are all sidelined

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