Everton look to pile further misery on Arsenal, when the sides meet at Goodison Park for their Premier League fixture on Saturday afternoon.
Everton are coming on the back on a solid 2-0 win over Chelsea in their FA Cup quarter finals and the team players will be very motivated when they host the North London side.
Arsenal seems to be in all sorts of trouble in the recent weeks after exits from FA Cup and UEFA Champions league and their title quest could end if they fail to win this match. Also there is substantial risk of falling out from their usual fourth placed finish as West Ham and Manchester United are at touching distance.
Everton have done fairly well in domestic cup competitions this season, but the same can’t be said about their league form. Currently 12th in the league after 28 matches played, they have lost in 3 of their last six matches. Especially their home form is poor and registered just one win in their last 8 league matches at Goodison Park, with 5 of them ending in defeats.
Arsenal have won just once in their last eight matches in all competitions, the win was against Hull City in the FA cup replay. In Premier League, they have lost their last three matches and have conceded 2 or more goals in all of them. In their away fixtures, Arsenal have just one win in last six, with 3 draws and 2 wins.
Everton: Team News
Tony Hibbert and Browning are out injured for the rest of the season while Tom Cleverley has recovered from his illness.
Gareth Barry is suspended following his sending off against West Ham in their last league fixture, while Bryan Oviedo is struggling for fitness.
Everton head-coach Roberto Martinez is expected to field a similar starting line-up he used in the 2-0 win over Chelsea last weekend.
Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1):
Robles – Baines, Coleman, Mori, Jagielka – Besic, McCarthy – Cleverley, Barkley, Lennon – Lukaku.
Arsenal: Team News
Mathieu Flamini is the latest causality for Arsene Wenger after sustaining a hamstring injury in the 3-1 defeat at Barcelona. He now joins the long list of injuries that include Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Rosicky, Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere.
Alex Iwobi who had a good match against Barcelona is pushing for a start and it would be interesting to see if he gets the nod ahead of Walcott and Joel Campbell.
Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1):
Ospina – Bellerin, Monreal, Mertersacker, Koscienly – Elneny, Coquelin – Sanchez, Walcott, Ozil – Welbeck.
Everton vs Arsenal: Head-to-Head Comparison
Everton hold a poor record against Arsenal and have only won once in their last 17 English Premier League Matches. The Everton win came at Goodison Park on April 2014 by a 3-0 scoreline, since then there has been a draw which was followed by two back-to-back wins for Arsenal.
Everton vs Arsenal: Prediction
Arsenal have traditionally a strong record against Everton. But the Gunners are on a terrible run of form and there is much pressure on both manager Arsenal Wenger and the highly rated players like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
At the same time, Everton are very unpredictable and their last win against Chelsea is a typical example. But their home form in the league could work against them and Arsenal will be well on the track to put an end to their bad run and give some momentum to their title bid.