Arsenal v Everton Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Arsenal v Everton

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Sunday, February 23, 2020


Emirates Stadium

Punter's Pick

The Gunners looked back to somewhere near their best in last weekend’s demolition of Newcastle United, and whilst Everton pose a sterner test the Gunners still look decent value at Evens with Betfair to collect all three points.

The corresponding fixture ended in a dull 0-0 stalemate at Goodison Park, so goals may be at a premium – Bet365 are offering an enticing 11/10 on 2.5 goals and under and this is well worth snapping up.

Fast improving Everton take on an Arsenal side also showing signs of life under new manager Mikel Arteta as they visit the Emirates Stadium in an intriguing looking clash on Sunday afternoon.

Everton looking to end poor run away to Arsenal

Whilst the Toffees may be in better form in the league, with just one defeat in their last eleven league games, picking up points away to Arsenal has proved to be an altogether elusive affair for a long period of time, and will surely weigh heavily on their minds on Sunday. The Toffees would have to go back to January 1996 to find their last success away to the Gunners, a dismal run of form that has only been punctuated with the occasional rousing home win in the intervening years. In fact Everton have only won three of the last 26 encounters between the two sides home and away in all competitions, so manager Carlo Ancelotti will be acutely aware of the difficulties facing his side on Sunday.

Slow but steady progress for Arteta

Similar to Everton, the Gunners decided to change manager mid-season, with Unai Emery being surplus to requirements after a poor run of form. Whilst under new manager Mikel Arteta Arsenal have hardly been pulling up trees, they have at least become a more difficult side to beat and have strung together a sequence of clean sheets as well.

However all is not rosy and their remains the feeling that the Gunners still have soft underbelly that can be exposed – Chelsea and Manchester City have already collected maximum points at the Emirates Stadium since Arteta took charge, and Sheffield United, Crystal Palace and Burnley will all have felt an opportunity missed to take more than the draws they collected against the Gunners.

Team News

Everton are sweating on the fitness of former Gunner Theo Walcott, who came off injured in their last fixture against Crystal Palace with an ankle injury. Another former Arsenal star, Alex Iwobi, starting that game on the bench and may not force his way back into the starting XI on his first return to the Emirates Stadium since his summer move.

Arsenal rested a number of senior players for their 1-0 win in the Europa League against Olympiakos, but are more than likely to revert back to the side that defeated Newcastle United 4-0 last weekend. Alexandre Lacazette came off the bench to score in that game and followed up with the midweek winner against Olympiakos, and will be pushing for a recall to the starting XI.

Same old story for Everton?

Despite their recent upturn in performances and results, Everton rarely trouble the top six sides in the Premier League away from home, often appearing too timid and unsure of the best approach to try and get a result. With Arsenal just coming into some form, the men from Merseyside may have to wait another season in their long quest to pick up a result away to Arsenal.

 

Punter's Pick

The Gunners looked back to somewhere near their best in last weekend’s demolition of Newcastle United, and whilst Everton pose a sterner test the Gunners still look decent value at Evens with Betfair to collect all three points.

The corresponding fixture ended in a dull 0-0 stalemate at Goodison Park, so goals may be at a premium – Bet365 are offering an enticing 11/10 on 2.5 goals and under and this is well worth snapping up.

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