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Is Inspired Lukaku to score again?

Last updated: March 15, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 12:45pm
Venue: Goodison Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WLWWL
Away form: LWDLL
Last season: 2-2
Competition: The Premier League

Romelu Lukaku found the net twice against his former team Chelsea in the quarter-finals of The FA Cup, sending The Toffees to Wembley. But the most important thing is the way he scored his first in the match. Lukaku passed through several Chelsea players, showing great physical ability, skills and technique then scored to the left hand side of Courtois. That goal was the crucial moment of the game!

On the other hand, Arsenal disappointed their fans again. The Gunners lost their match against Watford and were eliminated from The FA Cup. Arsene Wenger’s players must show something very special against Barcelona on Wednesday if they want to have a chance of a trophy this season. The Gunners seem to be out of the battle for the title in The Premier League and if they lose against Everton on Saturday – it could possibly mean that Arsenal have given up.

The last time Arsenal won at Goodison Park was 4 years ago. Thomas Vermaelen scored the only goal of the game in the 8th minute. Since then, there has been two draws and 1 victory for The Toffees.


Team News

Gareth Barry was sent off in Everton’s last match against Chelsea and is going to miss the game through suspension.

Petr Cech is still injured. The Czech international goalkeeper is suffering from a calf muscle strain and will resume full training at the end of the month.

The midfielders Tom Cleverley and Darron Gibson are both injured. Cleverley is ill. Browning and Hibbert are also sidelined for The Toffees.

Laurent Koscielny has received an injury. He is going to be sidelined for The Gunners next few games. The Frenchman has scored 3 goals in 24 matches this season.

Quotes of the week

Roberto Martinez Roberto Martinez (Everton) : “We invested heavily in young players, you can see the response. We have a really exciting future.”

arsenen wenger from arsenal Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) : “Our long run in the FA Cup comes to an end in a very sad way because I didn’t think we deserved to lose this game.”


Expected line-ups:

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Everton (4-2-3-1): Robles, Coleman, Baines, Jagielka, Ramiro Mori, Besic, Mirallas, McCarthy, Barkley, Lennon, Lukaku.
Subs Howard, Oviedo, Kone, Niasse, Stones, Osman, Deulofeu.
Injured: Hibbert, Browning, Cleverley, Gibson.
Doubtful:
Not available: Barry
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Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Ospina, Bellerin, Gibbs, Gabriel, Mertesacker, El Nenny, Coquelin, Sanchez, Walcott, Ozil, Welbeck.
Subs Monreal, Iwobi, Flamini, Macey, Campbell, Chambers, Giroud.
Injured: Rosicky, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cech, Koscielny, Wilshere, Ramsey.
Doubtful:
Not available:

Key Battle

lukaku Lukaku this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
28 2426 18 3,5 6 4 3 0
olivier giroud Giroud this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
21 (8) 1925 12 2,8 4 0 2 0

So far this season

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Everton this season Arsenal this season
12 League Position 3
4 (5) (at home) Wins (away) 8 (7)
6-2 vs. Sunderland Biggest win 5-2 vs. Leicester
4 (7) (at home) Draws (away) 4 (5)
7 (1) (at home) Losses (away) 3 (4)
0-3 to Manchester United Biggest Defeat 0-4 to Southampton
Lukaku (18) Top scorer Giroud (12)
Deulofeu (8) Assist Leader Ozil (18)
Y36, R3 Discipline Y33, R4
6 Failures to score 7
8 Clean Sheets 12
17 Both Teams to Score Games 13
17 Over 2.5 Games 15
11 Under 2.5 Games 14
  • Arsenal have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 away Premier League matches. The Gunners have also conceded at least 2 goals in these games.
  • There has been the option of ‘over 2.5 goals scored’ in Arsenal’s last 4 league games. The Gunners won just 1 of these matches.
  • There has been over 2.5 goals scored in 6 of the Toffees’ last 7 Premiership matches. Everton won 3 of their last 5 competitive games.
  • Arsenal won the first game of the season between these two teams. The final score was 2-1 in the Gunners’ favour. Giroud and Koscielny scored for Arsenal.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
24/10/15 The Premier League Arsenal 2-1 Everton O. Giroud 36′
01/03/15 The Premier League Arsenal 2-0 Everton O. Giroud 39′
23/08/14 The Premier League Everton 2-2 Arsenal S. Coleman 19′
06/04/14 The Premier League Everton 3-0 Arsenal S. Naismith 14′
08/03/14 The FA Cup Arsenal 4-1 Everton M. Özil 7′