Only five points off the drop zone – Arsenal’s clash against Everton at the Goodison Park this weekend could be way more consequential that one would have imagined start of the campaign.
Under-pressure Mikel Arteta is in desperate need of a victory as Arsenal travel to Everton this weekend in the Premier League. Arsenal are desperately searching for a win following a run of six games without a victory in the Premier League.
The Gunners have made their worst start to a season after 13 games since 1974-75 and are nine points adrift of Everton, who look ready to challenge for a top-four spot.
Champions League football is the aim for opponents Everton following back-to-back wins to get their season back on track.
The Toffees started the season superbly, winning seven in a row in all competitions, but they picked up only five points from 21 between October 17 and December 5.
Reason for Everton vs Arsenal predictions:
- Arsenal have failed to score in six of their last nine Premier League games.
- The Gunners have lost six of these nine league matches.
- Everton have won to nil in back-to-back league games.
- Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored 11 goals in 13 Premier League outings this season.
- Everton have kept a clean sheet in each of their last two home Premier League games against Arsenal, last keeping three in a row at home to the Gunners between November 1966 and April 1969.
- Arsenal have won more Premier League games (34) and scored more Premier League goals (110) against Everton than they have versus any other opponent in the competition.
- Everton haven’t won their final league match before Christmas in any of their last six seasons since a 2-1 win against Swansea City in December 2013.
- Arsenal have lost eight of their last 12 Premier League matches.
Arsenal’s tally of 34 Premier League wins against Everton is a club record against any opponent. The Gunners have scored 110 goals in this fixture, a Premier League record for one club against another.
Everton have beaten Arsenal just twice in 12 Premier League meetings, drawing two and losing eight.
However, Everton can keep three league clean sheets at home versus Arsenal for the first time since 1969.
Mikel Arteta is getting a bit of flak but his own Arsenal players have been making things more difficult for him.
Everton’s form has picked up again, after two successive wins, but it is a blow for them that they won’t have Allan in their midfield on Saturday because of injury.
Arsenal have performed very poorly in the final third this season and with no real spark and key players missing, there is very little to believe that things will improve. Similarly, a depleted Everton attack could also find it difficult to breach the Arsenal backline even though the Gunners are missing their key centre-back in Gabriel. The Hard Tackle predicts this one to end in a goalless draw.
Our Prediction: Draw @ 3.45
Source: BetInAsia Black