Everton can boost their top four credentials with a win they welcome Arsenal to Goodison Park on Saturday evening.
The Toffees have enjoyed a positive start to the 2020/21 season and head into this game off the back of two excellent wins as a hard fought 1-0 victory over Chelsea at home last weekend was followed by a superb 2-0 win at Leicester City in midweek.
Those results have left Everton sitting fifth in the Premier League table – just two points off second-placed Tottenham – so Carlo Ancelotti’s side should be full of confidence ahead of this game.
However, the same cannot be said of a beleaguered Arsenal side as they head to Goodison Park this weekend off the back of their worst start to a league campaign in over 60 years.
Arsenal sit way down in 15th position in the table having won just 4 of their 13 games following a disappointing 1-1 draw with Southampton in midweek so far this season so Mikel Arteta is under huge pressure to get a result against Everton.
Everton are the narrow 7/5 favourites with the bookmakers to collect all three points at home while Arsenal can be backed to secure a win on Merseyside at 2/1. The draw is available at odds of 5/2.
The bookies think this is going to be a tight game that could go either way so it’s important to do plenty of research before placing your bets. Choose your online bookmaker carefully as odds can vary – you can also see a list of casinos not on Gamstop here if you’ve accidentally asked to be on a time-out with your usual bookie.
Given the tight odds, there is money to be made if you predict the outcome correctly and a home win does seem most likely due to Arsenal’s shocking form. A 2-1 Everton win looks good value at 8/1 and if we add Dominic Calvert-Lewin as the first goal-scorer in a 2-1 win, the odds increase to 38/1.
Everton will continue to be without Lucas Digne as he’s still recovering from an ankle injury while James Rodriguez remains a doubt after missing the last two games with a calf issue.
Seamus Coleman could return as he’ll have a late fitness test on a thigh problem but Allan is ruled out with a muscle injury and Fabian Delph is another absentee for Ancelotti.
Arsenal also have selection problems to deal with as Thomas Partey is facing another spell on the sidelines with a thigh injury while Gabriel Martinelli is still lacking match fitness following a serious knee injury.
Granit Xhaka continues to serve his three-match suspension following his sending off against Burnley last weekend while Gabriel will also miss this game due to suspension after being dismissed against Southampton on Tuesday.
Everton 2-1 Arsenal: The Gunners are in a terrible run of form, they look completely shot of any confidence and there seems to be discipline problems in the squad so it’s difficult to see them turning things around at Goodison Park.
Everton on the other hand are full of confident after coming off the back of two excellent results against Chelsea and Leicester, so Ancelotti’s side should just edge this one.
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