Two in-form teams clash at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon. Everton have enjoyed recent 2-0 wins over Chelsea and West Ham, whereas Arsenal have enjoyed much of the same with wins by the same scoreline over Manchester United and Newcastle. Something’s got to give on Sunday. Who wins?
Everton vs Arsenal – Premier League 18/19
Where to Watch
Venue: Goodison Park
Date: 07 April 2019
Kick Off Time: 14:05 BST
Referee in Charge: Kevin Friend
TV Channel / Live Stream: You can watch the action live on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event, and Sky Sports Ultra HD. Live streaming is also available on the Sky Go app on your mobile or tablet device if you’re on the go during the match.
Everton vs Arsenal – Form Guide
As I touched on at the beginning of this preview, both sides have enjoyed recent 2-0 wins over some tough opposition. Not many people gave Everton a chance at home to Chelsea just before the international break, but they looked great.
Marco Silva was in danger of losing his job not so long ago, but he seems to have injected a new lease of life into his players. They played West Ham off the park last weekend. They made them look like Millwall. That will hurt Hammers fans, but they were that bad.
Everton have a real chance of finishing seventh if they keep their run going, but they do still have to play Spurs and United before the end of the season. However, if they play like they did when they beat Chelsea, who’s to say they can’t win all of their remaining games?
Arsenal equalled last season’s points tally by beating Newcastle pretty comfortably at the Emirates on Monday night. It’s 14 wins and two draws in the last 16 at home in the league for the Gunners, but away from North London is a different story.
Unai Emery’s side managed to scrape a 2-1 win away at Huddersfield at the start of February, but that’s their only Premier League away win since November. That will encourage the Toffees no doubt.
Team News and Predicted Line-ups
Groin injuries look set to keep Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka out of Sunday’s match, although the Welshman is back training. Laurent Koscielny is doubtful with a foot injury. Lucas Torreira has one more match to go before he can return from suspension.
As for Everton, Yerry Mina is the only player missing as he continues his recovery from a thigh problem. Jordan Pickford will probably keep his spot even though Marko Silva has said he’s not happy with his recent antics that made the newspapers last weekend.
Everton Predicted XI: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Digne, Gomes, Gueye, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
Arsenal Predicted XI: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Koscielny, Sokratis, Monreal, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Iwobi, Ozil, Lacazette.
Latest Match Odds
Arsenal are slight favourites with the bookies for this one, albeit odds against at 11/8. Everton are available at odds of 21/10 with the draw priced at 12/5.
2-2. Both sides have enjoyed good wins recently and have kept clean sheets. With that in mind, I think Sunday’s match will be tight. Although both are more than capable of scoring, which is why I’ve gone for a score draw. There are always plenty of goals in this fixture. Arsenal are just not the same team away from home this season, but I think it’ll end all square as Arsenal do have a good record here.
There’s not been a draw between the two sides since 2014, which suggests we might be due one. However, with 36 goals in the last 10 meetings and 19 in the last four, I’m going for over 2.5 goals at odds of 3/4.
Match Stats & Facts
- Arsenal have won eight of the last matches against Everton.
- The Gunners have scored at least two goals in nine of their last 10 games against Everton.
- Over 2.5 goals has landed in five of the last six meetings between these two sides at Goodison Park.
- Arsenal have won five of their last six Premier League games.
- Unai Emery’s side have scored two or more in five of their last six Premier League games.
- Marco Silva’s side have scored two or more in their last three league games.