Thursday, April 25, 2024

Prediction: Everton vs Arsenal

Verdict: Arsenal win & Under 4.5 goals

Best Odds: 1/1

Bookmaker: Dachbet

Two sides who already find themselves battling it out at opposite ends of the Premier League table, Arsenal will travel to Goodison Park when they meet Everton on Sunday afternoon.

Everton

Starting with the hosts, while Everton might have finally put their first point on the board prior to September’s international break, the Toffees find themselves at the heart of another Premier League nightmare. Despite eventually clinging onto a 2-2 draw against top-flight returners Sheffield United, Sean Dyche finds mounting pressure on their shoulders. Opening the 2023/24 campaign with a toothless 1-0 loss at home against Fulham on August 12th, the former Burnley boss will be more than aware that his downbeat squad faces another heavyweight challenge here. Marking their return from the fortnight interval sat in the drop zone and once again looking like they are destined for another bottom-three scrap, Everton are also dealing with some public issues behind the scenes at Goodison Park. With their nightmare start underlined by a 4-0 drumming at the hands of Aston Villa last month, Dyche’s side are rightfully tipped a landsite underdog this weekend.

Team News

Impressing since arriving from Italian outfit Udinese this summer, Portuguese striker will spearhead Everton’s charge here. However, while Seamus Coleman might have recently returned to light training, the Blues’ skipper will once again miss out on Sunday afternoon.

Making a season-long loan switch from Leicester this summer, Jack Harrison could make his full Everton debut this weekend. 21-year-old Jarrad Branthwaite should keep his spot at the heart of Dyche’s defence.

Arsenal

As for the visitors, heading into the international break with a remarkable comeback on home soil as they eventually clinched a 3-1 victory against Manchester United, Arsenal will be smelling the chance to lay down another marker here. Despite missing out on the chance to get their hands on a first Premier League crown since 2004 last season, Mikel Arteta’s young squad aren’t showing any signs of a hangover. Mustering 10 points from their opening four top-flight appearances, the Gunners find the mood in their camp at a continued high. With their Champions League adventure set to get underway later in the month, Sunday’s guests are certainly riding a recent wave of momentum. Landing a routine 4-0 romp when they welcomed Everton to north London for their most recent meeting back on March 1st, Arsenal will be looking for a repeat performance this weekend.

Team News

Picking up another injury blow earlier in the month, Arsenal will travel to Goodison Park without Thomas Partey this weekend. The Ghana international will be joined on the sidelines by summer arrival Jurrian Timber.

Coming off the bench and bagging his first strike of the season against Manchester United last time out, ex-Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus could replace Eddie Nketiah in attack. Despite David Raya’s arrival from Brentford this summer, England shot-stopper Aaron Ramsdale will start between the sticks here.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides last met back on March 1st, Arsenal claimed a 4-0 romp on home soil.
    • However, the Gunners have remarkably not recorded a Premier League victory at Goodison Park since October 2017.
    • Everton have claimed just a single point from any of their opening four Premier League appearances this season.
    • Continuing on from last season, the Toffees have also won just a pair of their previous 15 top-flight matchups.
    • Arsenal skipper Martin Odegaard has notched two goals in his previous three Premier League appearances.

    Conclusion

    While Arsenal might have failed to claim a single victory at Goodison Park since way back in October 2017, the Gunners will rightfully be smelling a golden opportunity here. Heading into September’s international break with a last-gasp 3-1 win against Manchester United, the Gunners will be relishing a return to top-flight action here. Already mustering 10 points from their opening four Premier League appearances, Arsenal will be looking to cash in on an Everton squad who are in the midst of another public nightmare. Two sides who already find themselves battling it out at opposite ends of the table, we are expecting an away victory on Sunday afternoon.

    Verdict: Arsenal win & Under 4.5 goals

    Best Odds: 1/1

    Bookmaker: Dachbet

    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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