Unai Emery’s Arsenal team make the long journey to Merseyside this Sunday to face Everton at Goodison Park, with crucial points on offer in the battle for a top-four Premier League finish. Both teams are in good form, so fans, and the TV viewers watching on Sky Sports, could be in for a real treat.
The home side have won their last two games, beating Chelsea 2-0 at Goodison Park, and then winning 2-0 at West Ham United last weekend. The Gunners have won their last three games, beating Manchester United 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League, before beating Rennes 3-0 at home in the Europa League. Last Monday evening, the Gunners kept another clean sheet, beating Newcastle United 2-0 at the Emirates. The Gunners’ last away game in the league was at Tottenham Hotspur on March 2, and it ended in a 1-1 draw.
Our prediction for this game is that Everton will win an exciting game 2-1. The Toffees, like Arsenal, have won their last two Premier League games, and we expect them to win this one too. The Gunners have looked good at home in recent weeks, but less impressive on their opponents’ soil. They drew at Spurs in their last away league game, and were also beaten 3-1 in the Europa League in Rennes, before turning the tie round in the second leg at the Emirates. We think Everton can exploit the Gunners’ vulnerabilities away from home.
Our Betting Tip
Our recommended tip: Everton, 1X2
Our featured tip for this game comes from Ladbrokes, who are offering tempting odds of 2/1 on the 1X2 market on Everton winning the game. We think this is a good bet because Arsenal, while looking dominant on home soil, have not been especially strong away from home in recent times. Everton are in good form, and have not conceded a goal in their last two league games, both of which they have won. This bet also gives you some flexibility when it comes to the final score, and offers pretty good returns to sensible punters.
These two sides have met on 53 previous occasions in the Premier League. Out of those games, Everton have won just seven, with six of those victories coming at Goodison Park. Arsenal have won 33 times, with 12 of those victories being on Everton’s home soil. There have been 13 draws.
The two sides have met on one previous occasion this season, playing in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium on September 23. Arsenal won the game 2-0, thanks to goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. In last season’s game at Goodison Park, Arsenal won 5-2.
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Players to watch: Richarlison & Alexandre Lacazette
If Everton want to win this game, Brazilian striker Richarlison will need to play well. The Brazilian front man has already netted 12 goals in 29 Premier League games this season, as well as providing one assist for his team-mates. His last goal came in the recent 2-0 home win over Chelsea, when he scored the Toffees’ first goal. Of his 66 attempts on goal this season, 26 have been on target.
Alexandre Lacazette is the Gunners’ leading assist maker this season, with the Frenchman having weighed in with seven in his 30 Premier League appearances this season. He has also scored 13 Premier League goals, second only to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the Arsenal scoring charts. Of his 13 goals, 12 have been scored with his right foot. Of his 65 attempts on goal, 27 have been on target. Lacazette has missed 13 big chances, though, highlighting a possible area of weakness in his game.