Thursday, May 23, 2024

Prediction: Arsenal vs Everton

Verdict: Arsenal win to nil

Best Odds: 1/1

Bookmaker: Olympusbet

With their Premier League title charge going right down to the final weekend, Arsenal will welcome Everton to the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

Arsenal

Starting with the hosts, forced to watch on earlier in the week as Manchester City dethroned them at the top of the Premier League table, Arsenal can only do their part on Sunday afternoon. Opening their season finale sat two points adrift of defending champions and hoping for West Ham to spring an iconic upset at the Etihad, Arsenal are now tipped as a landslide underdog to claim a first domestic crown since 2004. However, although the Gunners might eventually fall short in their title charge here, they have continued to receive a string of plaudits. Putting in another eye-catching performance last weekend as they claimed a 1-0 win away at historic rivals Manchester United, Mikel Arteta’s men have won all of their previous five straight Premier League appearances by an aggregate score of 14-2. Although Arsenal might be seeking a real miracle on Sunday afternoon, they will be confident of making another statement here.

Team News

Although England international Bukayo Saka might have limped off away at Old Trafford over the weekend, Arteta has confirmed that Arsenal’s attacking talisman has been given the green light and will certainly play a leading role here. While Dutch defender Jurrien Timber might have recently return to first-team training, it remains to be seen if the ex-Ajax star will feature in Arteta’s squad.

Bagging the winner against Manchester United on Sunday afternoon and now recording four goals in his previous five Premier League appearances, Belgium international Leandro Trossard will once again keep his spot ahead of Gabriel Martinelli.

Everton

As for the visitors, while Everton might have opened up the New Year in the midst of another Premier League relegation scrap, Sean Dyche’s men have come roaring back in a remarkable fashion. Skyrocketing their way up the standings and with the mood around Goodison Park at a season-high, the Toffees have now collected 13 points from their previous five appearances. Last seen putting in another rugged performance as they secured a 1-0 victory at home against Sheffield United, the former Burnley boss has certainly received plenty of praise. Picking up a famous 2-0 win against arch-rivals Liverpool on April 24th, Everton have also suffered just a single defeat from any of their previous eight outings – a run that stems back to March 30th. Although they might have a monumental challenge on their hands here, Dyche’s men will be looking to provide a rugged test in north London.

Team News

All still dealing with respective injury issues, Everton will be unable to call upon the likes of Jack Harrison, Vitalii Mykolenko, Dele Alli and Scottish defender Nathan Patterson this weekend. However, the Toffees are hopeful that Andre Gomes will be able to make a return to Dyche’s travelling squad on Sunday afternoon.

Recording four goals in his previous six Premier League appearances, England international Dominic Calvert-Lewin will spearhead Everton’s charge in the final third. Forming what has been a dominant partnership, the red-hot Jarrad Branthwaite will partner James Tarkowski at the heart of Dyche’s defence.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Arsenal and Everton met for their reverse Premier League battle on September 17th, the Gunners picked up a 1-0 victory at Goodison Park.
    • Arteta’s title contenders have won all of their previous five Premier League appearances by an aggregate score of 14-2.
    • Enjoying a stellar purple patch, Everton have collected 13 points from their last five Premier League appearances.
    • The Gunners have suffered just a single top-flight defeat since opening up the New Year.
    • Everton have conceded just a single strike in 450 minutes of Premier League action.

    Conclusion

    Knowing that nothing less than three points will be enough to clinch a first Premier League crown since 2004, Arsenal can only do their part on Sunday afternoon. Clinching a 1-0 victory away at historic rivals Manchester United last weekend and now winning all of their previous five top-flight appearances, Arteta’s side are rightfully pencilled in as a landslide contender here. Although Everton might be enjoying what has been their own Premier League purple patch, it is hard to see the Toffees springing a famous upset in north London.

    Verdict: Arsenal win to nil

    Best Odds: 1/1

    Bookmaker: Olympusbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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