Everton v Arsenal Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
October 18, 2017
Goodison Park - Premier League
Everton’s season goes from bad to worse and Arsenal’s campaign will also look bleak if they fail to add to the Toffees' woes at Goodison on Sunday. Already more points behind Manchester City than there have been games played, any title challenge seems to be over before it has started.
Two historically big teams might be expected to be more evenly matched, but in all competitions Arsenal have won 103 games to Everton’s 60, with 45 draws. Last season each side won their home game but Arsenal did the double over Everton the year before and took four points the year before that.
Both teams face Thursday night Europa League games but while Everton are at home, Arsenal have to travel to Belgrade. Arsene Wenger was expected to leave Aaron Ramsey, Alexis Sanchez and fit again Laurent Koscielny at home so will have those key men from different departments fresh to face Everton. Many of the fringe players likely to play in the Europa League are likely to miss out at Goodison.
Koeman’s squad rotation choices are made for him as Aaron Lennon, Yannick Bolasie, Ross Barkley, Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Ramiro Funes Mori are all unavailable. If they are to progress in the Europa League the Toffees need a win, but not as much as they need one against Arsenal.
Everton v Arsenal Preview and Predictions
Everton are two points above third bottom Leicester, who sacked Craig Shakespeare on Tuesday, and defeat will add to the growing pressure on Ronald Koeman. Two points also stand between Arsenal and fourth placed Watford. After a late loss to the Hornets last weekend, Arsene Wenger’s critics are back in force and if the Gunners fail to win on Merseyside the pressure will again increase on the league’s longest serving manager.
The late loss at Watford ended a run of six wins and a draw at Chelsea for Arsenal in all competitions. They could use a win at Goodison, but the game comes hot on the heels of playing in Serbia on Thursday. Everton also have a Europa League fixture on Thursday, but with that also at Goodison they can be more thoroughly rested and prepared ahead of Sunday’s clash.
The Toffees needed a last minute penalty from Wayne Rooney to salvage a point at newly promoted Brighton last weekend. Although they earned an impressive draw at Manchester City two months ago their last two games against top teams have seen no points, no goals and six conceded.
Despite last week’s late defeat, form points to an Arsenal victory but with midweek travelling and this being close to a must-win for Koeman, the Gunners might not have things all their own way. Everton are 29/10 to win in the betting, with Arsenal 17/16 and the draw 11/4.
Arsenal to win 2-0 at 10/1
Wenger’s plans to shuffle his pack in Belgrade may mean top men being fresh and likely to make their quality tell against a fragile Everton.
A 1-1 draw at 13/2
The desperation of both sides, combined with home advantage and less travelling this week for Everton, could see the two teams cancel each other out.