Everton vs Arsenal ; Match Preview, Head to Head, Match Predictions
Everton and Arsenal are set to face-off against each other at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Both teams need to win for their respective progress paths. The Toffees are looking to climb up the table with a more settled side this term. Arsenal are looking for liberators to rescue their season in the midst of one of their darkest of grey patches.
Everton are gunning for a top-four place by the end of this weekend’s round of fixtures. The Toffees seem to have gotten out of their rough patch and have won three of their last five league matches, including a 1-0 triumph over west London giants Chelsea and the high-flying Leicester City.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men are already ahead of clubs like Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City in the league table. And securing all three points could potentially see them overtaking third-place Southampton, who drew with Arsenal in the midweek fixture and have a tough game against Manchester City on Saturday.
Everton could even overtake either Tottenham Hotspur or Leicester City as both these clubs face each other on Sunday. Things won’t be complicated for Arsenal, who simply need to build a winning momentum and look to at least get into the top half of the league table before the turn of the year.
Everton possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Holgate, Mina, Keane, Godfrey, Kenny; Iwobi, Gomes, Doucoure, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin
The Gunners have made their worst start to a season after 13 games since 1974-75 and are nine points adrift of Everton, who look ready to challenge for a top-four spot. It says an awful lot about Arsenal’s struggles this season that a 1-1 home draw with Southampton can be considered a success of sorts.
A point against in-form Southampton will hardly do a lot to appease supporters, but it did at least bring an end to a four-match losing run on home soil in the league.
However, the Gunners have still gone six matches without a top-flight victory, losing four of those games, and are more concerned about a relegation fight than a top-four battle.
It remains unlikely Arteta will make any defensive changes either, aside from the returning Hector Bellerin replacing Ainsley Maitland-Niles at right-back. The Spanish international is better equipped to operate as a traditional right-back, which should hand Arteta the opportunity to opt for a back-four.
David Luiz is in contention to return to the squad, deputising for the injured Gabriel, though Pablo Mari remains a curious option. The Brazilian should operate alongside Rob Holding at the heart of the Arsenal backline, with left-back Kieran Tierney serving as the third centre-back if required.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Leno; Holding, Luiz, Tierney; Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Ceballos, Saka; Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang
Head to Head
The two sides have played over 200 matches since 1905, and Arsenal have claimed a win 108 times. Everton have emerged victorious on 61 occasions, with their latest home match being a 1-0 win in April 2019.
- Over 2.5 goals
- Richarlison / Aubameyang 0.5 goals
- Everton win either half