Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – Everton FC vs. Arsenal FC

Venue: Goodison Park – Saturday, March 19 – 12:45 GMT (08:45 ET)

Match Odds: Everton 13/8 – Draw 5/2 – Arsenal 6/4

Match Preview

Everton play host to Arsenal in this weekend’s early kickoff on Saturday, in a clash that will conclude what has been a huge week for the Gunners.

Everton enter this game off the back of an impressive 2-0 win over Chelsea last weekend in the FA Cup and will hope to follow that victory up with a positive league result against Arsenal.

Everton are seen as massive underachievers in the league this season, as despite scoring 13 more than any other team in the bottom half, they find themselves sat in 12th place.

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It really is remarkable how Everton are in the bottom half, considering their free-scoring approach, but defensively they have been poor and are 13 points off the top four – with European football highly unlikely to be returning to Goodison Park next term.

Some may argue that they are only playing for the FA Cup now, with a semifinal at Wembley to look forward to, but Roberto Martinez will be desperate to try and see his side finish in the top half.

Arsenal on the other hand are still in title race, just. That’s despite a poor recent run of results which has left them 11 points off leaders Leicester, with a game in hand.

They were knocked out of the Champions League and FA Cup over the course of the last seven days and are left with just the Premier League to fight for. Arsene Wenger’s position is under immense scrutiny and it looks like Arsenal’s wait for the title will be extended this year.

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This is crunch time for Arsenal. Despite the huge gap they have to overcome, Arsenal will still need to press for the title because Manchester City and Manchester United are breathing down their neck for a Champions League spot – something Wenger’s men need to wrap up at the very worst.

The reverse fixture ended 2-1 to Arsenal at the Emirates back in October, although the Toffees have only lost one of their last four home clashes against Arsenal and will hope to pick up at least a point on Saturday.

Team News

Everton will be without Tony Hibbert, Steven Pienaar and Tyias Browning through injury. Bryan Oviedo is a doubt with illness. Gareth Barry will also miss out as he serves a one-game suspension.

Arsenal have as many as six first-team regulars on the sidelines for this one as Petr Cech, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all out with injuries. Danny Welbeck will hope to continue to lead the line in place of Olivier Giroud.

Key Points

Everton’s last five: W/W/L/W/L

Arsenal’s last five: W/W/L/L/D

Key Stat: Everton have only won one of their last 18 meetings with Arsenal in all competitions, losing 11 of them.

Key Player: Mesut Ozil – The German playmaker has been quiet by his standards recently and the Gunners need him more than ever. Whether he plays well or not, his performance will have a huge effect on the result here.

Score Prediction

Everton 1-1 Arsenal – Arsenal will feel proud of their fight and effort at the Nou Camp midweek but this Everton side is tough to break down, so taking three points from the Toffees will be a really tough task. Both sides will expect to score and a score draw looks the most likely outcome.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Newcastle vs Everton

Competition: Premier League – Newcastle United vs. Everton 

Venue: St James’ Park – Saturday, December 26 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 EST)

Match Odds: Newcastle United 19/10 – Draw 5/2 – Everton 13/10

Match Preview 

Newcastle welcome Everton to St James’ Park on Boxing Day as they look to extend their unbeaten streak to four against an Everton side who haven’t won in four in the Premier League.

Having spent a lot of money in the summer on signings like Georginio Wijnaldum, Newcastle shouldn’t be fighting relegation. They currently lie just two points off the drop zone and despite an upturn in results over the past few weeks, more still needs to be done.

However, St James’ Park has always tended to be a tough place to visit and with three wins in their last six in the top flight, Newcastle have relieved some pressure.

Newcastle United’s Premier League Record: P17 – W4 – D5 – L8

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Steve McClaren is still under pressure though and the Newcastle fans expect a lot more at the club. A win on Boxing Day would be a huge result for the Magpies.

Everton have drawn their last three away from home and despite looking good in recent weeks, they’ve struggled to take the points they will feel they should have.

As a result, the trip to Newcastle looks a tough one and sealing three points will be tougher than it perhaps should be.

Their season is entirely dependent of the form of Romelu Lukaku who is chasing down Jamie Vardy’s incredible record of scoring in 11 straight games, as the Belgian currently stands on seven in a row.

Everton’s Premier League Record: P17 – W5 – D8 – L4

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They have stuttered of late but have the quality to challenge for Europe, as long as they can get key players back from injuries. But the same could be said for most top-half sides and Everton

The Toffees have won four of their last five meetings with Newcastle in the Premier League but did lose 3-2 in a thriller on December 28 last season.

Team News

Newcastle United will be without Papiss Cisse, Mike Williamson, Jamaal Lascelles, Massadio Haidara, Rolando Aarons, Tim Krul, Gabriel Obertan, Emmanuel Riviere and Steven Taylor who are all out through injury. Aleksander Mitrovic will spearhead the attack in the absence of Cisse.

Everton have Steven Naismith and James McCarthy as doubts, while Tyias Browning, Bryan Oviedo, Phil Jagielka, Tony Hibbert and Steven Pienaar are all out with injuries.

Key Points

Newcastle United’s last five: L/L/W/W/D

Everton’s last five: W/D/D/D/L

Key Stat: Everton have won more points away from home than Newcastle have at home this season.

Key Player: Romelu Lukaku – The powerful Belgian striker is starting to live up to the price tag for the Toffees and is becoming impossible to suppress. Expect him to cause Newcastle problems from the outset.

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Score Prediction

Newcastle United 1-2 Everton – Tough one to call as Newcastle have improved recently, but shutting out Everton is not an easy task. The most likely scenario will see goals, and we’re expecting a few of those.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs Manchester City

Competition: Premier League – Everton vs. Manchester City 

Venue: Goodison Park – Sunday, August 23 – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET)

Match Odds: Everton 7/2 – Draw 3/1 – Manchester City 7/10

Match Preview 

Everton host Manchester City in one of the stand out fixtures of the weekend. The Toffees will be looking to continue their unbeaten start to the 2015/16 Premier League season while City want to maintain their 100% record.

Everton come into the game off the back of their impressive 3-0 away win against Southampton, which was a bit of a shock result considering the qualities the Saints possess. Roberto Martinez will be pleased with his sides start to the season and although it is a very early stage, his players seem to have clicked into gear.

Romelu Lukaku has wasted no time finding his feet this season, with that impressive brace last weekend. He will be expecting to better last seasons tally of ten league goals and is looking sharp, he could cause the City defence all sorts of problems.

Last seasons meeting between the sides ended 1-1 at Goodison Park, this game provides a good chance for Martinez’s men to send out a message that they are ready to challenge for a top four spot.

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Manchester City have started the season in scintillating form. They have the look of a complete team and seem to have ironed out some of those defensive frailties which cost them so badly last campaign.

Manuel Pellegrini will be delighted with the demolition of title rivals Chelsea and City showed their desire to regain their Premier League crown from the Blues.

City will be well aware of Everton’s performance against Southampton but will be expecting to take all three points here. Raheem Sterling can expect a hostile welcome from the home fans given his Liverpool connection, he will be keen to show why City paid the staggering fee to acquire his services.

Sergio Aguero tormented the Chelsea defence last weekend and he will be looking to win the golden boot once again. His tally of 26 league goals was enough to win the accolade last campaign and no doubt he will be challenging all season to better that total. City are an immense force with their spine of Joe Hart, captain Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero in form, and those four players have started the season very well.

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Team News  

Everton have five injury concerns. Martinez is expected to be without fan-favourtie Leighton Baines until November as he is recovering from an ankle injury. Tony Hibbert, Aidan McGeady, Darron Gibson and Steven Pienaar are all set to be sidelined for this one. Martinez is unlikely to upset the balance of his side after their 3-0 win over Southampton so he will more than likely field the same starting 11.

Manchester City are without Fernando and Pablo Zabaleta. New signing Fabian Delph could return but that will more than likely be a place on the bench if he is declared fit. This weeks £32 million signing, Nicolas Otamendi, is expected to have to wait for his full debut, as Manuel Pellegrini, similarly to Roberto Martinez, will leave his side unchanged.

Key Points 

Everton’s form: D/W

Manchester City’s form: W/W

Key Stat: Ruthless – Manchester City have won their last eight Premier League outings, they’re averaging three goals a game having scored netted 24 times in those eight matches.

Key Player: Sergio Aguero – The Argentinian is unplayable at the top of his game. He will be eager to build on his performance from last weekend.

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Score Prediction

Everton 1-2 Manchester City – City to prove too much for Everton to handle and maintain their 100% start to the season.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Southampton vs Everton

Competition: Premier League – Southampton vs. Everton 

Venue: St Mary’s Stadium – Saturday, August 15 – 12:45 BST (07:45 ET)

Match Odds: Southampton 19/20 – Draw 23/10 – Everton 3/1

Match Preview

Southampton play Everton in this weekend’s Premier League Saturday lunchtime game in what could be a treat as both sides will want to improve after drawing on the opening day.

Southampton have faced another summer of overhaul as stars like Morgan Schneiderlin and Nathaniel Clyne have left for Manchester United and Liverpool respectively.

However, Ronald Koeman’s side remain a side to be feared and will be looking to replicate their excellent form from the last campaign, starting with a win in their first home game of the season.

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The Saints have Europa League commitments to deal with this season but will be hoping to push for a Champions League place as they did last time out.

Everton started this season with a disappointing draw against Watford last weekend, despite being at home.

Arouna Kone’s 86th minute equaliser earned Everton a point, however, Roberto Martinez will see it as two points dropped as opposed to a point gained and he is under pressure to get the Toffees firing after a poor 2014/15 campaign.

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Without the distraction of Europe this season, Everton will want to improve on last season’s bottom half finish and aim for a Europa League place at the least.

And picking up wins away at places like Southampton will be necessary if they are to reach their goals this coming season.

The last meeting between these two sides ended 1-0 to Everton at Goodison Park, though last season’s game at St Mary’s ended in a convincing 3-0 win to the Saints.

Team News

Southampton have Jordy Clasie, Steven Caulker and Gaston Ramirez as doubts for the visit of Everton. Florin Gardos and Ryan Bertrand are both out and Fraser Forster is likely to miss the entire season with a serious knee injury sustained last term. New signing Oriol Romeu will be hoping to make the squad after joining this week.

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Everton will be missing Leighton Baines, Tony Hibbert, Aiden McGeady, Darren Gibson and Steven Pienaar through injuries. Gerard Deulofeu, Muhamed Besic and Kevin Mirallas are all doubts but could feature. Arouna Kone will be pushing for a start after impressing from the bench last weekend.

Key Points

Southampton’s form: D

Everton’s form: D

Key Stat: Southampton have kept a clean sheet in their last three matches against Everton in all competitions.

Key Player: Ross Barkley – England international Barkley could be the most creative player on the pitch on Saturday so expect him to cause havoc to the Saints defence off the back of last weekend’s screamer.

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Score Prediction

Southampton 1-1 Everton – We’re expecting both sides to be on the attack as they search for three points after both drawing on the opening day. However, that could see them cancel each other out in a score draw in Saturday’s early kickoff.

2014/15 Premier League Season Review: Everton

Premier League Final Position: 11th

Review

Participation in the Europa League has undoubtedly hindered Everton’s performances this season and they just haven’t managed to replicate the kind of form that saw them finish fifth with 72 points last time around. While the Toffees can’t blame their below par season entirely on the fact they had European commitments, it’s certainly been a major factor with ten extra games to play. Roberto Martinez isn’t a man to make excuses and he will know that the league form hasn’t been good enough with just 12 wins all season – their lowest number of victories in a season since the 2003/04 campaign when they recorded nine. Everton’s 11th place finish was also their worst final league position since 2005/06 when they also finished 11th.

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Podcast Review

Best Moment

Easing past Manchester United at Goodison Park – Everton’s 3-0 victory against United at the end of April signified their best spell of the season. That win extended a mini-unbeaten run to six games (W5, D1) and was also the highest placed team in the league which they managed to secure all three points against. It was one of the few highlights of a fairly average campaign.

Worst Moment

The 2-0 defeat away at Hull City – Everton arrived in Yorkshire on New Year’s Day with hopes of turning a corner and using 2015 as a fresh start. It wasn’t to be and a poor performance led to a defeat that came in a barren mid-season run of 16 games that saw them win just twice (D5, L9). It was also the fourth straight defeat at the time and a sixth loss in eight games – an ultimate low point.

Player of the Year

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Romelu Lukaku – Although the big Belgian striker hasn’t had the greatest season, he’s still been one of Everton’s brightest sparks throughout the campaign. He’s scored ten goals and made five assists in 36 Premier League appearances, which isn’t in a bad return for an Everton side that never got going.

Biggest Win

Everton 3-0 Aston Villa (Oct 18, 2014)

Everton 3-0 Newcastle United (Mar 15, 2015)

Everton 3-0 Manchester United (Apr 26, 2015)

Biggest Defeat

Everton 3-6 Chelsea (Aug 30, 2015)

Southampton 3-0 Everton (Dec 20, 2015)

What to improve for the 2015/16 season…

It seems obvious, but Everton’s defensive frailties this season were a real concern. They conceded 50 goals, which is 11 more than last season and their worst defensive record for 11 years. This is clearly a key area to improve on, as well as trying to take more points from the tougher teams in the league. The Toffees only won two games against top nine opponents (D6, L11) – a worrying record for a side that has come so close to finishing in the top four on numerous occasions.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs Tottenham

Competition: Premier League – Everton vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Venue: Goodison Park – Sunday, May 24 – 15:00 BST (10:00 ET)

Match Odds: Everton 5/4 – Draw 13/5 – Tottenham 19/10

Match Preview

Everton take on Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon for the final game of the Premier League season with the visitors looking to secure a Europa League spot.

The Toffees have won six of their last nine games (D1, L2), including last weekend’s 2-1 win away at West Ham, although they did suffer a disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to Sunderland in their last game at Goodison Park.

Roberto Martinez has secured a mid-table finish for his side but will certainly be looking to kick-on and challenge for European places next season.

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Tottenham come into the game off the back of a comfortable 2-0 win at home to relegation strugglers Hull. That victory was the only win in their last four games (D1, L2).

Mauricio Pochettino‘s side have only won two of their last seven Premier League games but Spurs do boast the fourth best away form in the division.

A win for Tottenham would secure qualification for the Europa League but they could still qualify for Europe even if they lose, providing Southampton lose away at Manchester City.

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If Spurs lose and Southampton win, then the North London side will finish seventh and will be relying on the outcome of the FA Cup final to see what their fate will be.

If Tottenham were to finish seventh and Aston Villa beat Arsenal in the final, the Lilywhites would miss out on the Europa League – an outcome some fans may be in favour of given the detrimental affect the competition has on performances in the league.

Tottenham won the reverse fixture 2-1 at White Hart Lane back in November thanks to goals by Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado.

Team News

Everton will be without the injured Leighton Baines, Bryan Oviedo, Antolin Alcaraz and Darron Gibson. Tony Hibbert, Sylvain Distin and Steven Pienaar could return to the squad, while Aaron Lennon is ineligible to play against his parent club.

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Tottenham will be without Emmanuel Adebayor who has returned to Togo on compassionate leave, while Ben Davies is injured. Michel Vorm and Kyle Walker are both doubts.

Key Points

Everton’s last five: W/W/L/L/W

Tottenham’s last five: W/D/L/L/W

Key Stat: Tottenham haven’t won a Premier League game away at Everton since February 2007 (D4, L3).

Key Player: Romelu Lukaku – The big Belgian forward will be looking to finish the season well in front of the Goodison faithful. He’ll fancy his chances of getting on the scoresheet.

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Score Prediction

Everton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur – Everton have nothing but pride to play for, while Tottenham have Europa League qualification at stake but may not view that as a huge priority. A draw seems likely with four of the last seven meetings at Goodison Park ending level between these two sides.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs Southampton

Competition: Premier League – Everton vs. Southampton

Venue: Goodison Park – Saturday April 4th – 15:00 (10:00 ET)

Match Odds: Everton 17/10 – Draw 11/5 – Southampton 13/8

Match Preview

Everton host Southampton on Saturday afternoon in a tasty looking Premier League fixture that sees 13th place take on 6th place at Goodison Park. Everton are looking to extract revenge on the Saints after suffering a huge 3-0 defeat at St Mary’s back in December.

The Toffees come into this one with only three wins since the turn of the year, with two of those coming before the international break and they are languishing in 13th place – a position much lower than they should be.

Everton do however have a superb record following International football, with three wins out of three so far this season, scoring seven in the process. They will look to make it four in a row with a win at Goodison this weekend.

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Southampton have had their fair share of ups and downs since the turn of the year with six victories, including wins over Arsenal and Manchester United, plus a creditable draw at Chelsea.

A loss at home to Swansea and a home draw with West Ham have left Southampton with sour tastes though, especially when they beat those teams away from home in previous fixtures.

The Saints are still chasing Champions League places with eight games to go and are six points behind Manchester United in fourth heading into the weekend.

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Like Everton, Southampton haven’t lost after an international break, including the 8-0 drubbing of Sunderland back in September, taking two wins and a draw with the other victory coming against Newcastle and the draw coming against Aston Villa.

The reverse fixture saw a comfortable 3-0 win for Southampton, with goals coming from Graziano Pelle, Maya Yoshida and an own goal from Romelu Lukaku so the Toffees will be eager to gain revenge for that defeat in front of their own fans.

Team News

For Everton, Bryan Oviedo is not due back for a couple of weeks, while Leighton Baines withdrew from the England squad for the Italy friendly and there are question marks whether the left-back will play. Romelu Lukaku faces a late fitness test along with Darron Gibson and Kevin Mirallas. Arouna Kone could be back in contention for the Toffees.

Southampton have no Fraser Forster for the rest of the season following his season-ending knee injury against Burnley. Meanwhile Jay Rodriguez is still a long way off returning from his ACL injury. Steven Davis and Matt Targett face late fitness tests.

Key Points

Everton’s last five: D/L/L/W/W

Southampton’s last five: L/L/W/D/W

Key Stat: Everton have only conceded one goal in their three matches that they have played after international breaks.

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Key Player: Steven Naismith – The Scotland international hasn’t found the back of the net in the league since January 22nd for Everton but scored against Gibraltar and he will be raring to find his golden touch in front of the Everton faithful.

Score Prediction

Everton 1-0 Southampton – The Toffees’ incredible streak after international friendlies could play a huge part in what will be a tough game for the travelling Sants. It will be close but could be decided by the one goal. Defeat for Southampton would all but end their top four hopes but Everton look better of late and should gain revenge for their defeat earlier this season.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs Liverpool

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Goodison Park – Saturday, February 7 – 17:30PM

Match Odds: Everton 11/5 – Draw 12/5 – Liverpool 6/5

Everton and Liverpool meet for the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on Saturday evening in a game that never fails to provide talking points and entertainment.

The last three Premier League matches between these two sides have produced a total of 12 goals, so neutrals will be hoping for more of the same.

Everton aren’t enjoying a particularly good season and sit in 12th place, but this game is all about bragging rights, so they’ll be hoping that their current run of form of just one win in seven won’t be too big a problem.

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The Toffees haven’t beaten Liverpool since a 2-0 home win in October 2010 and have since failed in their next nine attempts in all competitions.

Everton’s home record: Played 11 – Won 3 – Drawn 5 – Lost 3

Liverpool haven’t managed to replicate the kind of football they were playing last season but they’ve hit a good run of form that has seen them win five of their last six, which will fill them with confidence. A top-four finish is far from being out of reach, so it’s all to play for.

The Reds have also received a massive boost with the recent return of main striker Daniel Sturridge, while Steven Gerrard is set to play in his final Merseyside derby.

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Liverpool’s away record: Played 11 – Won 6 – Drawn 0 – Lost 5

Everton will be without Steven Pienaar (knee) and Leon Osman (ankle), while James McCarthy is expected to return following a hamstring injury. Goalkeeper Tim Howard isn’t expected to return as he’s still suffering from a leg injury.

Liverpool’s Lazar Markovic and Lucas Leiva will face late fitness tests ahead of the game. Brad Jones (thigh) and Jon Flanagan (knee) are both still out.

Everton’s last five: L/L/D/D/W

Liverpool’s last five: W/D/W/W/W

Key Stat: Everton have won just one of their last 16 games against Liverpool in the Premier League.

Key Player: Philippe Coutinho – He scored a great goal in Liverpool’s midweek FA Cup replay at Bolton and has been instrumental recently.

Prediction: Everton 1-2 Liverpool – Liverpool’s recent run of good form should see them edge it.