Arsenal can move above Tottenham Hotspur when they face Everton in the Premier League match at Goodison Park, in Liverpool, England, on Sunday evening (IST).
What competition it is? Premier League
Teams: Everton and Arsenal
Kick Off: Sunday 07 April
Match Timing: 06:35 PM (IST)
Where the game is played? Goodison Park (39,572)
TV Info: Star Network has the rights to broadcast Premier League matches in India. While the premier members can also catch the action live on Hotstar App.
Everton flexed their muscles in the transfer window last summer, in a bid to break into top-six. To add a cherry to the top, they even got their dream manager in Marco Silva, whom they were tapping up since his Watford’s days, forcing the Hornets to part ways with him.
But it’s been just another season for the Toffees, in every sense actually. Too much inconsistency, Derby day blues, and failing to turn up against the big teams; these are the problems which are rooted even from the David Moyes’ era.
Perhaps Everton’s longstanding admiration for Marco Silva was the main reason why the club didn’t seek a managerial change, despite the results falling way shorter than the expected heights.
But there is certainly some light at the end of the tunnel. A lot can be achieved, the season can still be saved, and the seeds can be sowed for the next season.
For the Toffees are still very much in a position to earn the “Best of the rest” tag. They may be sitting at 10th on the table, but just four points separate them from 7th placed Wolverhampton Wanderers.
And there are signs of improvement as well. The most significant one has come at the back as Everton have kept four clean sheets in the last five games. That improved showing has helped Marco Silva’s team register 3 wins in the last five games.
But the fans are still not fully convinced by the team, especially the home form where Everton have won just twice in the last nine games at Goodison Park. Even more concerning is the fact that since December, the already relegated Fulham and Huddersfield have picked up few points than the Toffees.
However, the most recent home win came in the last match against Chelsea. That 2-0 victory should give the hosts enough impetus for the clash against Arsenal.
There are fixtures in world football which evokes unique feelings. Talk about El Clasico and the match between Boca Juniors and River Plate, there is almost an irreparable animosity between these two clubs. And the list is too long.
But it’s not like that between Arsenal and Everton. It’s the utmost superiority that the Gunners enjoy over the Toffees, we were point towards.
There is no favorite fixture for Arsenal than Everton in the Premier League era. The Gunner have won more games (33) against the Blue half of Merseyside, earning more points (112) and winning more away games (12).
Arsenal have scored more goals (107) against Everton, including 43 away goals than they have against any other club in the competition.
Unai Emery’s team is in a good position. They were considered as an outsider to challenge for the top-4 when the season started. So to some degrees, Arsenal are ahead of the schedule.
As things stand in the league, Arsenal are 4th with just one point behind Tottenham on the table.
“I am very realistic. We are in a good moment. It depends on Sunday as well, these three points, but now each match is very important for that. If we win, we are third. If we don’t win, we can’t hold this position,’ Unai Emery said ahead of this match.
“But football is each moment to enjoy, to prepare, to work, to play.”
Recent form (Last six matches)
Everton – L W D L W W
Arsenal – W W D L W L D
ARS vs EVE Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Everton vs Arsenal Team News:
Injured – Everton have a healthy squad these days and Marco Silva has the luxury of calling on all his big guns for the home game against Arsenal. Except, of course, Yary Mina who returned from Columbia’s international duty injured.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None.
Note: We don’t find any reason why Marco Silva should change his playing 11 from the last match.
Key Players – Sigurdsson, Richarlison
Injured – Arsenal have some long-term absentees in Rob Holding, Danny Welbeck, and Hector Bellerin.
Suspended – Midfielder Lucas Torreira will be serving a suspension in this match.
Questionable – Club captain Laurent Koscielny (foot injury) and Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka (both groin) will face late fitness tests to be in contention for this game.
Note: Mesut Ozil impressed in the last game and will hope to keep his place in the starting 11, while Emery has to decide whether to start with both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Key Players – Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil
ARS vs EVE Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Everton– Pickford (GK), Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Digne, Gueye, Gomes, Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Calvert-Lewin
Arsenal– Leno (GK), Koscielny, Sokratis, Monreal, Maitland-Niles, Ramsey, Guendouzi, Kolasinac, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette
ARS vs EVE Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
As mentioned, Arsenal boasts a very good record against Everton in the Premier League era. The Gunners are also on a four-game winning streak against Everton, also winning seven times in the last 8 games. While Everton have won just twice against Arsenal in the last 24 league games.
But Everton look rejuvenated and will pose a challenge to Arsenal at home.
We back a score draw in this match.
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