Arsenal v Everton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
May 17, 2017
Sunday May 21 – Emirates Stadium – Premier League
Arsenal host Everton on the Premier League’s closing day, and the Gunners need a win to stand any chance of qualifying for the top four.
Arsenal have the better record in recent meetings with the Toffees, winning four out of their last five Premier League games. But Everton won the home leg of this fixture back in December 2016 at Goodison Park.
Arsenal have mixed injury news as they prepare to face Ronald Koeman’s Blues, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Laurent Koscielny both facing fitness tests.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is less likely to recover in time from a thigh problem, but French international Koscielny has a good chance of recovering from a calf injury.
He was rested for the win over Sunderland, having played through the pain in recent weeks, however his presence is vital to the Gunners and Arsene Wenger will be keen to start him.
James McCarthy is back in light training for Everton, however he is unlikely to be risked for this one.
Yannick Bolasie, Ramiro Funes Mori, Seamus Coleman and Martin Stekelenberg are all out injured for the rest of the season.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ademola Lookman and Calum Connolly have already been released for international duty with the England U20 side.
Arsenal v Everton Preview and Predictions
Arsenal still have plenty to play for and need three points to be in the running for a Champions League qualification spot. They will need to better Liverpool’s result against Middlesbrough on the final day to sneak into the top four but they will be focused firmly on getting all three points, with a home win priced at 4/9.
Both sides are not short of attacking quality in their ranks, with the League’s two top scorers in Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku on display, so goals are very likely to be on the cards and an over 2.5 goals bet is 4/6.
Arsenal to win 3-1 at 12/1
Wenger will be encouraging his players to focus firmly on the task at hand and not be distracted by the Liverpool game, and their recent form bodes well for causing Everton some real problems.
Everton have seventh place secured and cannot go any higher, and if anyone wants to look for a conspiracy there is little chance that they will want to do city rivals Liverpool a favour.
Sanchez to score anytime at 4/5
Chilean international Sanchez has been the leading light for Arsenal all season, and his two goals against Sunderland ensured that they still have something to play for on the last day.