Everton vs Arsenal betting preview
A midweek fixture sees Arsenal travel up north to face the blue half of Liverpool, Everton at Goodison Park. Both sides played out in frustrating draws and will be looking to bounce back to start momentum as Christmas approaches. In this fixture last season Arsenal won one nil thanks to a Thomas Vermaelen header. Choose a free bet for this match.
Arsenal – 6th
The Gunners are on the road again after drawing nil nil against Aston Villa at the weekend. Without Walcott, Arsenal failed to register a goal and are sixth, a place below Everton going into this game. Jack Wilshire who didn’t feature at the weekend will be looking to start after scoring a goal in Europe last week.
Lukas Podolski and Oliver Giroud have been in fine goal scoring form of late and will be looking to continue that. Both have seven goals in all competitions this season. Thomas Vermaelen was on the bench at the weekend however his return could help solidify the defence as well as provide threat from set pieces and from range.
However Arsenal have struggled away from the Emirates Stadium. They have not picked up a win in their last five away trips since travelling to Upton Park and beating West Ham three one.
Everton – 5th
Everton were cruising for eighty nine minutes until Norwich grabbed a late goal to share the points on Saturday. With arguably two points dropped the Toffees will be looking to get something out of the game against Arsenal to remain a place above them in the league. One point separates the teams and David Moyes would love to keep the gap or even extend it. After a great start to the season Everton have now drawn five of their last seven games and this game could end in a draw too.
Marouane Fellaini was unavailable for the game against Norwich and is unsure for the midweek fixture. Nikica Jelavic has five goals to his name this season and could be a vital weapon whilst Fellaini is out with injury. The tall Belgium midfielder has grown as a player in recent years as Moyes has deployed him further forward allowing him to get on the score sheet more often.
Everton were dominant for forty five minutes against Norwich but didn’t have another game plan to break down the canaries. Both sides are next to each other in the league and with Arsenal’s away form this could be another draw.
A draw, 13/5 on William Hill.
Arsenal to lead at half time and to end as a draw, 14/1 on Sky Bet.
Oliver Giroud first goal scorer, 6/1 on Paddy Power.
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