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Will Arsenal outgun the Toffees?

Last updated: September 20, 2018 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 16:00
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports
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Last Meeting: Arsenal 5 – 1 Everton
Competition: EPL

This week’s Premier League action serves up a tasty looking fixture on Sunday when 10th placed Everton travel to 7th placed Arsenal in the late game. Both teams look susceptible at the back so this could be one for the strikers.

Arsenal struggled in their first two matches against two top-six opponents where they lost both matches. They, however, bounced back with three consecutive wins as they look forward to making it four in a row, coming against the most undisciplined side in the Premier League. Everton have just one win in the Premier League and will be looking to claim their first away win this season at The Emirates.

Arsenal secured a hard-fought 2-1 win at St. James’s Park. The most significant thing to pick out from the match was Mesut Özil’s return to form as he scored his first goal of the season for the winner after Granit Xhaka had put them ahead with a spectacular free kick. Newcastle pulled one back late in added time but it was little too late as The Gunners took home all three points.

The home side struggled in their first two opening fixtures, that they would argue came a little too early against champions of the Premier League for the last two occasions in the shape of Manchester City and Chelsea. Arsenal have had nine different scorers with Alexander Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang starting to look like a formidable partnership and one that looks like it will yield plenty of goals. All eyes will be on Aaron Ramsey, who scored his first ever hat-trick in Arsenal’s 5 – 1 win against Everton last season, and has five goals in the last three matches in this fixture.

Everton suffered their first defeat this season at the hands of West Ham over the weekend. Their only win came at home against Southampton in matchday two. They threw away an early two-goal lead against Bournemouth to draw 2-2 and had another 2-2 draw in their opening fixture away to Wolves. They finished that match with ten men. Their most disappointing match, however, was their 1-1 draw at home to Huddersfield Town, a game they should have won but failed to find the winning goal. Marco Silva will be delighted that his £40m star Richarlison is available once again after serving a suspension due to a red card he received against Bournemouth. The Brazilian has been in great form with three goals in his first two matches and it will be a great boost for the team to have him back.

This game comes after a UEFA Europa League match against Vorskla for Arsenal. But, as Arsenal are at home for that tie, they avoid a potentially tiring trip to the Ukraine. Everton did not qualify for Europe.

Team News

Arsenal’s Ramsey has scored five goals in the last three matches in this fixture including a hat trick in the previous match.

Arsenal will be looking for to make four consecutive wins and looking to claim their first clean sheet.

Everton’s Richarlison is back from a two match suspension from his red card in matchday 3 against Bournemouth.

Everton’s centre-back Yerry Mina is yet to feature as he is still on the long list of injuries that includes club captain Jagielka, Coleman, and Keane.

Expected Line-Ups:

Arsenal (4-2-3-1: Leno, Bellerini, Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal, Torreira, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Özil, Aubameyang, Lacazette
Subs: Cech, Lichtsteiner, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Welbeck
Injured: Koscielny, Kolasnic, Jenkinson, Maitland-Niles
Not available:
Everton (4-3-3): Pickford, Kenny, Holgate, Zouma, Digne, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Walcott, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Tosun.
Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Niasse, Bernard, Davies, lookman, Dowell, Calvert- Lewin
Injured: Mina, McCarthy, Keane, Jagielka, Coleman, Gomes
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Arsenal This Season Everton This Season
7th League Position 10th
1 (2) Wins (away) 1 (0)
3 – 1 v West Ham Biggest Win 2 – 1 v Southampton
0 (0) Draws (away) 1 (2)
0 – 2 Man City Biggest Defeat 1 – 3 v West Ham
Aubameyang (1) Top Goal Scorer Richarlison (3)
Y9, R0 Discipline Y9, R2
20% Failures to Score 0
0 Clean Sheets 0
80% Both Teams to Score Games 100%
80% Over 2.5 Goals 80%
20% Under 2.5 Goals 20%
  • Arsenal have a three-game winning streak as they look for their second home win and first clean sheet. They are the favourites to win this encounter.
  • Everton has struggled to get the job done as they have 3 draws in the last five matches. Their discipline should be the main focus for Marco Silva as the red cards hurt them.
  • Arsenal have scored nine goals from nine different scorers to prove their versatility.
  • In the previous 42 meeting between the sides, Arsenal have won 28 matches while Everton have just 6 wins with 8 ending with a draw. 24 matches had the sum of the goals over 2.5 while 33 had goals over 1.5.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
03/02/2018 EPL Arsenal 5 – 1 Everton Ramsey 6′
22/10/2017 EPL Everton 2 – 5 Arsenal Rooney 12′
21/05/2017 EPL Arsenal 3 – 1 Everton Bellerini 8′
13/12/2016 EPL Everton 2 – 1 Arsenal Sanchez 20′
19/03/2016 EPL Everton 0 – 2 Arsenal Welbeck 7′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Arsenal have home advantage and it is no surprise that they are favourites for this clash. They lost their first two games but that was against top-six opponents. Everton’s defeat against West Ham was a surprise and they will be looking to bounce back.

As both teams are guilty of leaking goals, this could be a high scoring encounter. Richarlison has three goals and will be hungry for more after missing games through suspension. Arsenal have nine different scorers but Lacazette and Aubameyang will be the most likely to find the back of the net for Arsenal. All things considered, over 2.5 goals seems like easy money. Get the best odds at 888sport.