Everton vs Arsenal
Two in-form sides, one trying to secure a place in next season’s Champions League, the other bidding to bring renewed hope of better times for next season.
It’s rare that the Premier League doesn’t have something to offer and this game at Goodison Park should be no exception.
Tenth plays fourth and there is plenty at stake still for both sides, especially as the higher a team finishes in the Premier League, the more millions a club will receive in its coffers.
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Arsenal are sitting in the Champions League places with seven matches remaining,
Given they have not been involved in the competition over the past two seasons, that is surely a position their supporters and manager would have taken at the start of the campaign.
They have remained consistent and taken advantage of stutters from Spurs, Chelsea and Man Utd – their latest success a routine home victory over Newcastle – to ensure the destiny of a top four finish is in their own hands.
Given five of their last seven league matches are away from home, beginning at Goodison, they will also be aware there is much work to be done.
Team news wise, their selection concerns surround Granit Xhaka and Laurent Koscielny, while Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira is suspended.
Their main threat may be soon-to-depart Welshman Aaron Ramsey who has scored six goals in his last five Premier League games against Everton, his best overall return against any team.
Arsenal have already matched their tally of 63 points from last season with seven games left which shows the progress they are making.
Everton hope to be making headway of their own and will, likely, still have their eyes on seventh spot with just four points separating them and Wolves, who currently occupy that position.
Marco Silva instructing from the sidelines
On the upside, they have won consecutive Premier League fixtures for only the second time this season and Marco Silva’s side are now chasing three consecutive clean sheets for the first time in 2018-19.
Victory against Chelsea in their last home game also ended a 25-match winless run against the big six.
On the downside, that was only their second win in nine league matches at Goodison and, if they lose on Sunday, Everton will have been defeated for five consecutive times against the North Londoners for the first time in 19 years.
Colombia international Yerry Mina is their only absentee through injury.
A trip to Goodison is rarely easy but Everton will both create and concede chances.
It could come down to whichever side is the most clinical.
us fans may remember the meeting earlier in the season when Unai Emery’s side triumphed 2-0, then in the early stages of an impressive run which has led Gunners’ fans to believe their new manager is leading them in the right direction.
That was their fourth consecutive victory over Everton, a run going back to December 2016 when a late Ashley Williams goal gave the home side a 2-1 success.
Last season, this fixture marked the end of Ronald Koeman’s reign in charge on Merseyside.
Despite going in front through a superb Wayne Rooney goal, Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey were on target in a 5-2 romp.
In fact, Arsenal have won seven and drawn one of their last nine clashes.
Overall, this fixture – a bastion of top-flight English football – has seen Arsenal triumph on 106 occasions, with 60 Everton victories and 45 draws.
Arsenal’s 97 wins in this fixture is an English league record for one side against another.
||Everton vs Arsenal
||Draw 1X2 @ 3.20
|April 7, 21:05 (GMT+8)
Arsenal are favourites with us Premier League 2019 betting odds.
You can back them 1X2 @ 2.33, compared to Everton @ 3.05 and the draw @ 3.20.
Elsewhere, Asian Handicap odds favour the home side 0.00 @ 2.25 and + 0.25 @ 1.88, with Arsenal -0.50 also available @ 2.33.
Goals are regular commodities in this fixture and over 3.00 goals will pay out @ 2.16, total goal 2-3 @ 1.98 and total goal 4-6 @ 2.94.
Indeed, the Gunners have scored 107 goals versus Everton, a Premier League record against a single team.
A repeat of Arsenal’s 2-0 victory earlier in the season will offer odds of @ 13.00 with correct score, while for Everton to re-run their success of just over two years ago – correct score 2-1 – there’s a bet available @ 10.50.
Double Chance Everton or Draw @ 1.55 suggests this will be a close encounter.
|A SHORT EXPLANATION ON HOW OUR () BETS ARE WORTH:
| = €20 (Highly confident)
|| = €10 (CONFIDENT)
|| = €5 (SOMEWHAT CONFIDENT)
Disclaimer: Odds are correct at time of publish.
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