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

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Saturday, December 21, 2019


Goodison Park

Punter's Pick

Given the poor form of both teams over the course of the season it is difficult to pick an outright winner and this is reflected in the markets. We do however feel that backing an Everton win represents good value at 11/8 with Bet365. Goodison Park will again be rocking and given the energy and passion the team has displayed under Duncan Ferguson it is difficult to see a lacklustre Arsenal matching that come Saturday afternoon.

Everton welcome Arsenal to Goodison Park to kick-off the latest round of Premier League fixtures. Both teams have had a difficult season thus far resulting in the sacking of both head coaches and this will be a battle between two legendary players who have stepped in as interim bosses. Will Duncan Ferguson celebrate victory at his beloved Goodison Park or will Freddie Ljungberg get a much needed win for the Gunners?

Everton have been rejuvenated since the appointment of former forward Duncan Ferguson who has overseen a run of three games without defeat against some strong opposition. Chelsea came to Goodison Park for Ferguson’s first game in which they pressed from the start and were rewarded with an early goal from Richarlison on their way to a 3-1 win. Wild and passionate celebrations on the touchline were displayed each time Everton scored including many hugs with the teams ballboys. This showed a passion and spirit that had been lacking and an immediate connection was again felt between the club, fans and players. This continued when the Toffee’s went away to Manchester United and despite conceding a late equaliser through Mason Greenwood, Everton will have been happy that they were 1-0 up for a significant period of the game. One flashpoint was the substitution of Moise Kean who himself was brought on for only 19 minutes before he was brought back by the big Scot. This showed a ruthlessness to Ferguson’s management and a sign that he is not afraid of making the big decisions. It certainly wasn’t an act that made his team lose any of their initial fight under his management as they drew an entertaining game 2-2 with Leicester, despite going out on penalties. The Toffee’s will certainly feel that they can continue their good form against another of the so called big clubs when Arsenal visit.

Arsenal have been on a torrid run of late, winning just one of their last 12 games in all competitions. The 2-1 home defeat to Brighton was a real low point and despite the sacking of manager Unai Emery, their performances and form hasn’t improved much. Freddie Ljungberg would have been hoping to have the same effect as Duncan Ferguson but many of their players seem resigned to not winning a game as they are bereft of ideas and energy. A 3-1 away win against West Ham in which they scored three goals in a ten minute spell did not kickstart a run of results and they were comprehensively outplayed by champions Manchester City last time out. Despite being at home, the Gunners were two down within the first 15 minutes including a well taken goal from Kevin De Bruyne within two minutes. Raheem Sterling doubled the lead and De Bruyne scored his second with a delightful turn and strike on his weaker left foot from outside the area. The woodwork stopped the Belgian from getting his hattrick but how Arsenal were overrun in midfield and outplayed all over the pitch shows how far they have dropped behind the big teams. Mesut Ozil slowly coming off when substituted would have frustrated Arsenal fans given their response to Granit Xhaka earlier in the season. The only plus point will be the imminent appointment of Mikel Arteta who fans will be hoping can inspire and push the Gunners to a strong second half of the season.

In team news Everton will remain without long-term absentees Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin. Fabian Delph has also been struggling of late and could miss out again in this one. It will be interesting to see how Moise Kean is utilised in this game having been pulled off after 19 minutes against Manchester United but Ferguson used him in the League Cup game against Leicester, so he should be involved in some capacity come Saturday.

Arsenal will continue to be without Kieran Tierney who dislocated his shoulder. Dani Ceballos and Rob Holding have also been out through injury and this game could come too soon for the pair, although they are making strides towards fitness. Sead Kolasinac was forced off in the first half of the City clash and it’s yet to be seen whether he will feature.

In recent years, Arsenal have had the better of this fixture but Everton have certainly had their moments in various games and have more than competed over the years. Last season saw both teams secure home wins with Arsenal winning 2-0 at the Emirates courtesy of goals from Lacazette and Aubameyang and Everton secured a 1-0 win through a 10th minute goal from Phil Jagielka.

Punter's Pick

Given the poor form of both teams over the course of the season it is difficult to pick an outright winner and this is reflected in the markets. We do however feel that backing an Everton win represents good value at 11/8 with Bet365. Goodison Park will again be rocking and given the energy and passion the team has displayed under Duncan Ferguson it is difficult to see a lacklustre Arsenal matching that come Saturday afternoon.

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