Tenth plays host to ninth this weekend, as Arsenal welcome Everton to the Emirates on Sunday afternoon. Both teams are looking to build a positive run and catapult themselves up the Premier League table in the closing stages of the season.
Where and when: Emirates Stadium – 23 February, kick-off 16:30
Where you can see Arsenal vs. Everton: Sky Sports
Last time: Neither side could make the breakthrough in a goalless draw at Goodison Park just a few days before Christmas.
Arsenal v Everton Predictions and Preview
Two teams with loftier ambitions than duking it out for mid-table obscurity could have been handed a back door route into next season’s Champions League thanks to Manchester City’s two-year ban from European competitions. Arsenal and Everton both need a positive result this weekend if they’re to have any chance of rising up into the top five come the end of the campaign.
Arsenal will enjoy home advantage on Sunday, which has been key for them in this fixture. The Gunners have won their last six matches against Everton at the Emirates, scoring 18 goals in the process and conceding only four. Everton haven’t tasted victory away to Arsenal in over 24 years.
The Toffees have only won three of the last 26 meetings between the sides, but there’s been recent improvement under Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian has guided his team to a five-match unbeaten run, while Everton’s only loss in their last 11 Premier League fixtures was against Manchester City. That run includes a win against Chelsea and a draw against Manchester United.
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Arsenal to win and BTTS
Everton to win 2-1
Aubameyang to score first
It also includes the stalemate against Arsenal, the third consecutive game between the sides which has seen both teams fail to score. Both teams hit the back of the net four times in a row before that though, with a total of 20 goals flying in.
The goals took their time to fly in for Arsenal last weekend, as the Gunners hit four in the second half against Newcastle. The celebrations were somewhat enthusiastic, but Mikel Arteta will hope the good feelings can carry over to this weekend’s fixture.
The hosts are the 21/20 favourites to do just that by extending their eight-match unbeaten run with a win. Arsenal have only won two of their last 10 in the league though, so Everton will feel they’re in with a chance of breaking their duck at the Emirates. The Toffees are 11/4 for the win, while the draw’s priced at 13/5.
One to watch for Arsenal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has 15 Premier League goals so far this season, nine more than any other Arsenal player. The Gabon striker is the 10/3 favourite to open the scoring on Sunday.
One to watch for Everton: Dominic Calvert-Lewin isn’t far behind Aubameyang with 11 league goals to his name, including three in his last four games. The Toffees striker could prove to be great value for the first goal at 7/1.
Long shot: Everton’s last victory away to Arsenal was back at Highbury in January 1996. The Toffees won 2-1 that day, with a repeat of that result available at 12/1.