England Premier League
Monday 6th December 2021
Kick off at 8pm GMT
Venue: Goodison Park
It is crisis time for Everton as they come into this clash with Arsenal and while crisis can be used loosely in football it isn’t in the Toffees case. Everton’s last win came against Norwich 9 weeks ago and their form has seen them slip down to 15th place.
It seems that the catastrophic Watford defeat at home when Everton were 2-1 up with fifteen minutes to play and lost 5-2 was a huge body blow for the club who don’t seem to have recovered from it. Everton have lost their last 3 games against Manchester City, Brentford, and then last week against their city rivals Liverpool. In truth any team having to play the last two champions so close together are going to struggle but this is the Merseyside derby and fans would have expected better. Instead Liverpool outclassed Everton and went on to win the game at Goodision Park 4-1 that was the heaviest defeat Everton had suffered at home against Liverpool in 39 years.
Everton’s season can still be recovered but they are just 5 points from the bottom three although the other way of looking at it is the club are 5 points from a top 10 place. But certainly the pressure is on Rafa Benitez who wanted to so much have this project at Everton work out and prove his naysayers wrong, it’s likely he won’t get that time. Everton have come unstuck at home in the last four games with just 1 point earned from the last 12 at home and that was a 0-0 draw with Tottenham.
Arsenal will be gunning for victory and Mikel Arteta’s side have been solid this season if we take out their first 3 games. The Gunners were involved in a highly entertaining match against their old rivals Manchester United away from home last week and caused United a few troubles before succumbing to the excellence of Cristiano Ronaldo and losing that game 3-2.
Recently Arsenal have also lost 4-0 away to Liverpool but there have been encouraging signs from a club who can be very dangerous on their day and will be after that 4th spot. Arsenal are currently in 5th place with 23 points and they will feel they need to win this game with West Ham four points in front of them and slightly pulling away.
Everton: Dominic Calvert-Lewin has received a set back in his return from a thigh injury sustained in August and he isn’t expected back until the Christmas period of games now. Tom Davies is out long term with his knee injury. Yerry Mina could return as he is back in training now after recovering from injury and will be assessed on his fitness. Salomon Rondon has a hamstring injury but it isn’t thought to be serious and he is 50/50 to return for this game, if not he should be back next week.
Arsenal: Sead Kolasinac will be out long term for Arsenal with an ankle injury suffered on international duty. Granit Xhaka has made significant progress with his on going knee injury and is back in training. It isn’t sure if he will return for this game but he is 50/50 to do so.
Everton vs Arsenal Head to Head:
Last season Everton beat Arsenal in this fixture 2-1 and they done the double over the Gunners last season.
It’s been 4 games since Arsenal won at Everton and we would have to go back to 2017 although they did win 5-2.
There is a 60% chance to see over 2.5 goals.
Everton vs Arsenal Prediction:
Perhaps Everton can take heart that the last time Arsenal were on Merseyside they conceded 4 goals. Indeed Arsenal have not only lost their last two games in a row but have conceded 7 goals. One can say that Everton are not in the class of Liverpool and Manchester United granted but Arsenal still have a leaky defence away from home.
This is a game Everton must win to keep the sharks at bay and one has to wonder if Everton lost this one in the manner of the Liverpool game if the Everton board will believe they have seen enough from Benitez. The players appear to want to play for him and did show commitment and passion at times against Liverpool. The derby is unfair to Everton at this time because Liverpool are one of the best sides in Europe but lose a derby like that and you will always get judged.
Arsenal are a tricky side for Everton to face with a lot of pace in the side and youth and whilst this isn’t the strongest Arsenal side over the years they are still going to be a strong opponent and if Everton are not fully focused they could suffer here. This game has to be about the players commitment to both manager and fans, it should be interesting. Everton are a great price to win this game considering they are at home but of course there are reasons for that. The concern here is whether Rafa has now lost the dressing room after such a humbling defeat against their rivals Liverpool, therefore we will side with Arsenal but cover the draw on the refund for extra safety.
Everton vs Arsenal Betting Tips:
Draw no bet (Arsenal)
Both teams to score at 1.80
Anytime goalscorer: Richarlison at 3.25
Anytime goalscorer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at 2.50