Silva: Europe should be our aim

Marco Silva insists Everton should start every season believing they can qualify for the Champions League or Europa League.

Everton have not finished in the top six since the 2013/14 campaign and may miss out on a place in Europe again this term as they are currently ninth with two games of the season left.

Wolves are seventh, four points ahead of Everton, while Leicester are eighth.

Silva, who has revealed that Yerry Mina and Theo Walcott are fit to face Burnley on Friday, said: "We have to keep doing our job, fighting to achieve the points, and after we will see the position of the table.

"It's not something that is just in our hands. But the European competitions, for us as a club it has to be our aim.

"Let's see what we can do this season or not but for the next one and all the others coming it has to be our aim, 100 per cent. We have to play every single season in European competitions for us to keep growing as a club as putting our players at that level is our aim as a football club."

Mina hasn't played for the club since picking up a hamstring injury in Colombia's 2-1 friendly defeat to South Korea in March while Walcott had been suffering from a bug.

Silva said of the duo: "They're OK, they are working with the team. They are fit and, depending on my decisions, are available for the match."

Everton can be backed at 8/13 to beat Burnley and at 8/1 to edge to a 2-1 win against the Clarets.

Davies commits to Everton

Marco Silva believes Tom Davies, who has signed a new four-year contract at Goodison Park, will be an important player for Everton in the years to come.

The 20-year-old, who joined the club when he was 11, is committed to the Toffees until the end of June 2023.

Davies became Everton's youngest captain when he took the armband for a Carabao Cup tie in August 2018.

He made his first-team debut just over three years ago in a 1-1 draw with Southampton and has gone on to feature in 75 Premier League games for the club, scoring four goals.

"I am made up to sign a new deal," said Davies. "It is all I have ever wanted since I was a kid and I am so happy. I feel the club have faith in me and they've shown that by giving me this contract.

"My ambition has always been to win something here. I would love that and I know all the other lads would love it, too."

Meanwhile, Silva added: "It is really important to secure Tom's future here at Everton. He is an important player for us now and he will be going forward, for sure.

"He is a player from our Academy, he loves our club."

Everton can be backed at 4/7 to beat Burnley on Friday while a Free Kick is 16/1 to be the 1st Goal Method in the match.

Toffees urged to keep going

Marco Silva says Everton have to 'keep fighting' in order to bring their season to a pleasing conclusion.

The Toffees are firmly in the hunt for seventh spot and a possible Europa League position that would come with it.

Recent wins over Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United have propelled Everton upwards but Silva isn't about to rest on his laurels.

His side were leapfrogged by Wolves on Wednesday when they beat Arsenal 3-1 and it leaves just three points separating the Molineux side in seventh from Leicester in tenth, with Watford and Everton in between.

Everton head to Crystal Palace on Saturday needing another big performance to stay in the race for seventh and Silva isn't willing to start considering if his first season will be deemed a success should they end up in that spot.

Asked if seventh would be a success in his first season at Everton, Silva said: "We have to keep fighting. We are not in seventh.

"It is not the most important thing in this moment. We have to keep fighting, proving our quality and how we are able to win the matches also.

"At the end we will talk about the season and my feeling and our target.

"Our goal from the first day of the season, don't change nothing. Our goal is there, it's open, to fight and stick together.

"It's tight, the competition (for seventh). Some clubs are doing a really good season also. We have to keep doing the best job we can do. At the end we will see our position in the table."

Everton are 7/4 to win at Selhurst Park on Saturday, with Crystal Palace 17/10 and the draw priced at 12/5.

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Silva has long-term aspirations

Marco Silva is keen to be given the opportunity to lay the foundations at Everton for a period of long-term success.

The former Watford and Hull City boss was named manager at Goodison Park last summer but it has been a season of frustration for the club.

They have been extremely inconsistent, emphasised by their recent results – home victories over Arsenal and Chelsea but a defeat at relegated Fulham last weekend.

Silva said: "We have to build – not my idea – we have to build the Everton idea. It will be perfect if we can have all the teams playing the same way.

"It is not easy to do but it is our aim to do more and more – to prepare the young players better to come and one day play in the first team.

"It is really important for me to know all the players in the club. We have our structure and it is something I want to be involved with [from top to bottom] as much I can."

Everton play Manchester United on Sunday and can be backed at 11/5 to beat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team at Goodison Park.

Silva in race for seventh

Everton manager Marco Silva says he is focused on getting the results between now and the end of the season to achieve seventh place in the Premier League table.

A seventh place finish will be good enough for Europa League football next season if Manchester City win the FA Cup at Wembley next month and the Toffees approach the final few games of the season in good form.

Silva's team have won their last three league games, beating Chelsea, West Ham and Arsenal and sit ninth in the table with the race for seventh looking to be a four-horse race with Leicester, Wolves, Everton and Watford separated by a solitary point.

The Toffees travel to already relegated Fulham on Saturday and, at a press conference ahead of the game, Silva said there was plenty left to play for between now and the end of the season.

He said: "We have to keep fighting to achieve the best position possible in the table. This is most important for us. Our goal is to improve on the season before and we will keep doing that to the end of the season. Then we will see what it means for us."

Everton are 3/4 to win at Craven Cottage on Saturday with Fulham 15/4 and the draw 13/5.

Silva also commented on summer transfer plans, saying that he hoped to keep Kurt Zouma and Andre Gomes at the club.

The pair are on loan from Chelsea and Barcelona respectively and, while the Everton boss said their future was out of his hands, he hoped a way could be found to keep them at Goodison Park beyond the end of the season.

He added that he was not worried about speculation linking midfielder Idrissa Gueye with Manchester United. With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer set to lose Ander Herrera in the summer, Gueye has been mentioned as a replacement, but Silva said he wouldn't comment on rumours.

Gueye is 15/2 to score at any time against Fulham while Everton are priced at 17/2 to win the game 2-0.

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Jagielka scores on rare start

Phil Jagielka was afforded a rare start by Marco Silva and justified his selection, scoring the only goal of the game as Everton beat Arsenal 1-0.

The defender only came into the Toffees starting line-up shortly before kick-off as a replacement for Michael Keane and scored ten minutes in, forcing the ball home after a Dominic Calvert-Lewin header.

Everton built on the lead to dominate the first half. Arsenal improved after the break but it was still the home side who continued to create the better chances.

Gunners keeper Bernd Leno saved well from Bernard and he, Andre Gomes and Theo Walcott had further opportunities to extend Everton's lead.

However, they held on for the three points and continue their good run of form, this being their third successive victory.

The result means that Everton stay firmly in the hunt for European football next season, moving up to ninth in the table, just a point behind Leicester who sit seventh.

Meanwhile the Gunners were a disappointment as they seek a top four place in the Premier League. The result keeps them fourth in the table, only ahead of Chelsea on goal difference.

Jagielka said afterwards that he was in the right place at the right time, telling Sky Sports: "They are the best goals. It was nice to come away with the win. (We need to) keep wining games, it is all about momentum until next season.

"It feels great. Obviously to keep a clean sheet as well. We are trying to build a little bit of momentum. We could have had a few more."

While Everton seek Europa League football next season, Arsenal are still in this year's competition and they are in action in midweek at home to Napoli in the first leg of their quarter-final.

They are 5/4 for the win with Napoli 11/5 and the draw 23/10.

Arsenal are 5/1 to win this season's Europa League with Napoli 4/1 and Chelsea 7/4.

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Silva won’t change Everton approach

Everton boss Marco Silva says his side do not treat games against the Premier League's top six any different to facing other opposition.

A 2-0 victory over Chelsea in March was the Toffees' first win against one of the Premier League's big hitters in 26 attempts, which dated back over two years.

And while the victory against the Blues was lauded as important in restoring Everton's confidence against that level of opposition, the Everton head coach has said their approach to that game was no different from many others.

With his side preparing to face Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday, Silva is adamant their approach won't change.

"When we won the game against Chelsea, our obligation as a club and as a manager was to do everything we can to win," he said.

"It (25 matches without victory against the top six) is something which should not happen again if you do the right things.

"Two years is too many, a big number of games, but it is in the past and it is not important to talk about that game.

"It is the same mentality (against Arsenal) as when we played the last match against West Ham and the same mentality as the second half we played against Chelsea.

"I can say, also, it is the same mentality as some of the away games we played against some of the top sides this season.

"We didn't win but in some of them we were close to achieving a good result."

Everton are 21/10 to win, 13/5 to draw and 2/5 to lose to the Gunners at Goodison Park.

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Premier League: Goodison Glee or Glum – You Decide?

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 eyes to upset the Premier League odds against Arsenal

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.

History

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.

Betting Tip

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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.

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Silva has faith in Calvert-Lewin

Marco Silva believes England Under-21 international Dominic Calvert-Lewin can be an extremely important player for Everton in the future.

The 22-year-old has started Everton's last five Premier League matches and has scored six goals in the top-flight this season, including recent efforts at Cardiff City and Newcastle United.

He was outstanding in last month's 2-0 victory against Chelsea and has now earned a rave review from his manager.

Former Hull City and Watford boss Silva said: "Dominic is developing well and he is scoring goals, which is important to him. It is his best season when you look at the goals he has scored.

"There are more games to play, more good things for him to do. He is a player we believe in.

"He has the talent to achieve what I have told him is possible. He is already an important player for us and can be a really important player for us in the future. Of course, he has many things to improve but he has the quality to improve."

Everton face Arsenal at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Sunday. Calvert-Lewin is 11/5 to score at any time against the Gunners, who beat Newcastle 2-0 on Monday and are 2/5 to finish in the top four this season.

Everton can be backed at 10/1 to win this weekend's match against Arsenal from behind.

Silva tells Mina to shape up

Everton defender Yerry Mina has been challenged to show his worth by head coach Marco Silva, having struggled to make an impact so far this season.

The 24-year-old Colombia international has seen his first season at Goodison Park fail to spark into life due to a combination of injury problems and a lack of form, but he is set to feature against Chelsea on Sunday, with both Kurt Zouma and Phil Jagielka ruled out.

And Toffees boss Silva is keen to see his player step up his game over the next couple of months, telling reporters at his pre-match press briefing: "What I ask to see from him is more consistency at Finch Farm. The first thing I hope is to see him working every day until the end of the season.

"His first season in the Premier League is completely different to everything that he had in his career playing in Colombia and after in Brazil and after with Barcelona.

"Everything is completely different with what is happening in the Premier League.

"But he can get to be a really important player for us. He has to adapt as soon as possible, as fast as possible to this competition, to the big challenges he will have every single match.

"But he has to be more consistent here and he has to have some luck (with injuries)."

Everton and Chelsea have drawn 0-0 in both of their last two meetings, while the Merseysiders have registered just one win in their last six Premier League games.

The hosts can be backed at 14/5 to earn a draw on Sunday, while they are 3/1 to win the game, with Everton priced at 11/8 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table come the end of the season.

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