It’s Arteta v Ancelotti as Everton Welcome Arsenal

Last updated: December 16, 2020 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 17:30
Venue: Goodison Park
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Form: LWLDW
Away Form: LDLLL
Last Meeting: Arsenal 3 – 2 Everton
Competition: Premier League

Mikel Arteta marshals his side against a club he played for and will face a tough challenge against a very experienced Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison Park. Join us as we preview the Everton v Arsenal game and share our betting tips.

Everton beat one of the alpha teams in the league (Chelsea) to deny them a tenth clean sheet in all competitions, ending an impressive run that had seen them regarded as one of the main contenders for the title. It was a win that Everton needed, after starting the season on fire with four consecutive wins, recent form has been poor, the win against Chelsea just their second win in eight games. The 1-0 victory, taking the Merseysiders up to seventh place.

For Everton, there was plenty of positives in the victory over Chelsea. Manager Ancelotti setting up his side to play to their strengths. They were compact at the back and relied on the team’s pace on the counter. A huge bonus was keeping a clean sheet against Chelsea, Everton’s first in the league since the opening day of the season.

Brazilian Allan was pivotal in the midfield, regaining possession for his side on 11 occasions. He has built up a good partnership alongside Abdoulaye Doucoure, who has a passing success rate of 87.4% so far in the campaign. With all boxes ticked for Ancelotti in this formation, it won’t be a surprise if the Italian sticks to these tactics with a busy schedule ahead of him. Everton faces Leicester before welcoming Arsenal, An EFL Cup tie against Manchester United followed by Sheffield United and Manchester City.

Against Chelsea, Everton recorded a possession stat of just 28%, their lowest in the Premier League but, still took maximum points. When not in possession they harassed Chelsea, outrunning the London club 108.85km to 106.74km. The big question for the side is whether Sigurdsson, who produced his most creative performance in over three years and was man-of-the-match against Chelsea, can play alongside Rodriguez. The last time they were both on the pitch, they lost to Man United 3 – 1 with no one to come off the bench to influence the game.

A positive for the team has been the emergence of Ben Godfrey who was solid deputising for the injured Lucas Digne at left-back against the talented Chelsea frontline.

Everton has won the previous six league games they led at half time and will be favourites in this game against a side they haven’t been great. The home side has won this fixture in each of the last five games and will be boosted by 2,000 blue Merseyside fans as Everton are one of only four clubs who can allow spectators into the stadium.

When the season began, nobody would have thought Arsenal would be one of the first team to have a managerial crisis—their season started by beating Liverpool on penalties to win the Community Shield and a big 3 – 0 win against Fulham on an opening day.

It’s been pretty much freefall since then, and they suffered their fourth consecutive home Premier League loss at the hands of Burnley on Sunday. It was a defeat that meant Mikel Arteta had guided Arsenal to their worst start in 22 years, gaining the least points ever in the club’s history after ten games.

Such is Arsenal’s woes, all the other 91 teams in the English division from the Premier league to the lowest division have more shots than Arsenal. Defensively they have failed to keep a clean sheet in seven games for the first time since 2006. Off-field they have also had a turbulent time, scoring a PR own-goal by laying off 55 members of staff, including club mascot Gunnersaurus, but then awarding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a new £375,000 per week deal. To make matters worse, they have been paying Mesut Ozil £350,000 a week not to play; the 32-year-old last featured for the club last season.

Granit Xhaka’s moment of madness in the 1-0 defeat against Burnley was symptomatic of the Mikel Arteta regime since the start of his first full season at the club. A fortnight ago, Nicholas Pepe received his marching orders in their 0 – 0 draw against Leeds with the manager throwing the Ivorian under the bus saying he let down the team. The blunt fashion of Arteta’s comments did not go well with many of the senior players. If reports in the media are true, David Luiz and Mikel Arteta are no longer on speaking terms after the Arsenal boss vowed to root out whoever leaked information about the Brazilian’s bust-up with Dani Ceballos during an inter-squad training match during the international break.

Team News

Everton has a tight schedule having faced Chelsea; they face Leicester, Arsenal, an EFL Cup tie against Manchester United followed by Sheffield United and Manchester City.

Calvert-Lewin is the Premier League top goalscorer with more goals than the entire Arsenal team.

Arsenal has just two wins in two months, piling on the pressure for the young manager.

Granit Xhaka red card was the second for the side with Nicholas Pepe getting his marching orders just two games before in the draw against Leeds.

Expected Line-Ups:

Everton (4-3-1-2): Pickford, Holgate, Mina, Keane, Nkounkou, Doucoure, Davies, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
Subs: Lossi, Delph, Iwobi, Rodriguez, Gordon, Tosun, Braithwaite
Injured: Gbamin, Coleman
Not available: Digne
Arsenal (4-3-2-1): Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Thomas, Ceballos, Elneny, Aubameyang, Willian, Lacazette
Subs: Runarsson, Cedric, Maitland-Miles, Elneny, Willock, Nketiah, Saka, Pepe
Injured: Martinelli, Chambers, Luiz
Not available: Xhaka

So Far This Season

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Everton This Season Arsenal This Season
7th League Position 15th
6 (3) Wins (away) 4 (2)
5 – 2 v West Brom Biggest Win 3 – 0 v Fulham
2 (1) Draws (away) 1 (0)
1 – 3 v Man United Biggest Defeat 0 – 3 v Aston Villa
Calvert-Lewin (11) Top Goal Scorer Lacazette (3)
Y18, R2 Discipline Y18, R2
2 Failures to Score 6
25% Clean Sheets 16.7%
66.7% Both Teams to Score Games 33.3%
58.3% Over 2.5 Goals 50%
41.7% Under 2.5 Goals 50%
  • The two sides have met 56 times; Arsenal have been superior with 34 wins against Everton’s eight wins with 14 draws between them.
  • The Gunners are short in creativity scoring 0.83 goals per match, while Everton has an average of 1.75 goals scored per game.
  • Calvert-Lewin has more goals (11) than the entire Arsenal squad (10).
  • The home side has won this fixture in each of the last five encounters.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
23/02/2020 EPL Arsenal 3 – 2 Everton Calvert-Lewin 1’
21/12/2019 EPL Everton 0 – 0 Arsenal
07/04/2019 EPL Everton 1 – 0 Arsenal Jagielka 10’
23/08/2018 EPL Arsenal 2 – 0 Everton Lacazette 56’
03/02/2018 EPL Arsenal 5 – 1 Everton Ramsey 6’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Everton will be hoping that their recent win against Chelsea is a return to form. Having won the first four Premier League games, a 2-2 draw with Liverpool halted this run, and they then went on a three-game losing streak. Victory against one of the ‘big-six’ would give the team confidence as we head into the busy Christmas schedule.

For Arsenal and Arteta, the honeymoon period is well and truly over and while we don’t think the manager’s job is in real danger yet, a few more bad results and that could all change. Not much has been going right for Arsenal, both on and off the pitch, and if rumours are true of player unrest, things might get worse before they get any better.

It would be typical Arsenal to win this one, but we don’t see it. Everton are much more confident, organised and have the players to score goals, which we think they will do in this game. We are going for a 2-1 scoreline to Everton that is available @9/1 with bet365.