Everton v Arsenal Betting Tips & Predictions - Saturday 21st December 2019

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Two clubs with differing dreams of securing European football next season will take to the pitch at Goodison Park this Sunday. For Everton, their sights are set on finishing the campaign in seventh place. It is not a spot yet guaranteed to be rewarded with a place in the Europa League qualification stages, but it will be if Manchester City win the FA Cup in May.

Arsenal are dreaming about more than the Europa League after they moved into third place last weekend. Top four is very much the goal for Unai Emery’s men as they seek a return to the heights of the Champions League. With a game in hand over all their nearby rivals, the Gunners’ destiny is firmly in their own hands but there’s still plenty work left to do.

Top Tips

Everton to win or draw @ 8/11

Both teams to score @ 4/7

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Everton News: Mina the only absentee

Entrance to Everton's Goodison Park Football Stadium

Marco Silva has the benefit of a near-fully fit squad ahead of this match with Yerry Mina the only player in the treatment room. The ex-Barca man has kept the club’s medical staff busy this season following a string of injury problems. He developed his latest issue while on international duty for Colombia, something that didn’t exactly please Silva. The Everton boss told the South American side that playing him back to back was a big risk but his advice was ignored despite neither match being of any real importance.

Arsenal News: Torreira out but others may return

Arsenal Game Versus Everton at the Emirates Stadium
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Although it is now over a month since Lucas Torriera saw red in the north London derby, the midfielder still has one more match of his suspension remaining. He is unavailable for selection as a result but it is not all bad news for Emery. The Arsenal manager looks set to have the midfielder pair of Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey fully recovered from minor knocks. Laurent Koscienly’s involvement is less certain but there is some hope that the Frenchman can beat the race to be fit.

Suarez signing continues to baffle

After impressing for a much weakened Arsenal side in a 3-2 friendly win over Al Nasr, it seemed as though Denis Suarez might have just kick started his Arsenal career. Following the match in Dubai, Emery told the press that the Spaniard was okay for starting in the 11 for the Gunners. Despite this encouraging claim, the midfielder was an unused substitute against Newcastle, leading to many fans to question why he signed. So far, the Barcelona loanee has cost the club around £28,000 per minute played and is increasingly looking like a poor use of resources.

Analysis: Arsenal remain unconvincing away

Arsenal made it 10 home league wins in a row on Monday night yet there has been little in the way of improvement outside of the Emirates. Blackpool and Huddersfield are the only two clubs the Gunners have been able to beat during their last 11 away matches, a poor record for a side of their stature. It is something that Emery desperately needs to fix but the Spaniard seems rather lacking in solutions.

Visitors to find Toffees hard to chew

It is too hard to look past Arsenal’s terrible away record ahead of this match. There appears to be some sort of mental weakness among the Arsenal players, stemming back to the late Arsene Wenger days, when unable to enjoy home comforts. It has become rather a vicious cycle at this point as the Londoners approach away matches with little confidence because they know they don’t fare well in them. Everton will be able to capitalise on this having enjoyed a couple of morale-boosting victories over Chelsea and West Ham. Looking reinvigorated and hungry for more, back the Toffees to secure a least a point this weekend.

Gunners find goals despite deficiencies

When we talk about Arsenal’s limitations on the road, this is a criticism that targets far more their defence than their attack. Emery’s men regularly find the net on their travels and mid-week they had managed the same amount of league away goals as free-scoring Liverpool. The defensive records of the two teams do not compare though as no top half team has conceded more away goals than Arsenal. This is good news for punters though as it makes their matches a both teams to score (4/7) magnet. When also taking into account Everton’s noticeable improvements in the attacking third over the past three games, it is a standout selection for this match.

Recent Matches

Everton fans may want to look away now as their recent record against Arsenal is quite frankly terrible. Not only have the Toffees lost seven of their last eight meetings with the Gunners but all losses except one have been by at least a two goal margin.

23rd September 2018: Arsenal 2 – 0 Everton

Two quick fire goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang just after half-time proved enough to give a clinical Arsenal all three points. It could have easily been a different story in north London though if not for a man of the match display from Petr Cech. The veteran shot stopper made a series of excellent to keep a threatening Everton side at bay as he claimed his first clean sheet of the season.

3rd February 2018: Arsenal 5 – 1 Everton

Arsenal made it 10 goals in two games against Everton as they once again ran the Toffees ragged. An incredibly offensive display saw Aaron Ramsey grab himself a hat-trick and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang score on his debut. Everton’s performance was described as pathetic by manager Sam Allardyce in a brutally honest post-match press conference.

22nd October 2017: Everton 2 – 5 Arsenal

The scoreline was 3-1 in the 89th minute but a bizarre finale saw a flurry of goals scored. The entertaining defeat sent Everton down into the relegation zone and deservedly so after beginning the season so poorly. The visitors recorded 14 shots on target compared to Everton’s three and it proved to be the final straw for Ronald Koeman who was sacked hours later.

21st May 2017: Arsenal 3 – 1 Everton

Despite winning, Arsenal missed out on a place in the top four, ending up one point behind Liverpool. An early red card shown to Lauren Koscielny could not prevent the Gunners ending the league season with three points though. You never would have guessed that Arsenal were a man light for 76 minutes though as they were the better side for much of the contest.

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