Everton vs Arsenal 2019/2020 Preview
Everton vs Arsenal 2019/2020 Preview: team news, injury updates, head to head stats, betting tips and predictions.
Everton play hosts to Arsenal football club on Saturday afternoon with both clubs in a new era after parting ways with Marco Silva and Unai Emery. Arsenal on Friday afternoon announced former captain Mikel Arteta as their new manager. The Spaniard was brought in from Manchester City where he was an assistant to Pep Guardiola. Everton are also on the hunt for a new manager and Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly in talks with the Merseyside outfit.
That aside, Caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson has done a good job with Everton so far, getting four points from two tough games against Chelsea and Manchester United. Prior to his arrival, Everton had lost three consecutive games, including a 5-2 thrashing at the hands of bitter rivals Liverpool.
His arrival brought about a newly found form often called the “new manager syndrome” and after losing out on penalties to Leicester City in the league cup midweek, there is no reason for us to not expect an explosive performance from the toffees this weekend. This fixture is also special for former arsenal boy Alex Iwobi, who will be facing his old team for the first time since his departure from London.
It has been a mixture of fortunes for Arsenal’s interim manager Freddie Ljungberg. The new manager syndrome is yet to hit the team for some reason and it was painfully obvious in the 3-0 home loss to Manchester City last weekend that they need to hire a head coach as soon as possible. While it is true that new manager Mikel Arteta will not be in the dugout for the gunners this weekend, Arsenal fans will hope that news of his arrival will be the spark needed to turn their season around.
Team news and Injury Updates:
Everton: Duncan Ferguson will be without defender Lucas Digne due to a groin injury and this means Leighton Baine will remain at left back. Fabian Delph is also a doubt while Gylfi Sigurdsson is set to return to the starting 11 after recovering from an illness. Theo Walcott, Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Andre Gomes remain on the sidelines until the New Year, while Morgan Schneiderlin is expected to return later this month. There are no other injury concerns.
Possible XI: Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Mina, Baines; Holgate, Davies; Iwobi, Richarlison, Sigurdsson; Calvert-Lewin.
Arsenal: Hector Bellerin (hamstring) and Sead Kolasinac (ankle sprain) seem to be out of contention but David Luiz is set to return to the starting lineup. However, Kieran Tierney (shoulder), Granit Xhaka (concussion), Rob Holding (knee) and Dani Ceballos (hamstring) all remain sidelined and Sokratis Papastathopoulos is also out due to a one game suspension. There are no other injury worries.
Possible XI: Leno; Chambers, Mustafi, Luiz, Maitland-Niles; Torreira, Guendouzi; Pepe, Ozil, Martinelli; Aubameyang.
Head to Head:
- Both clubs have met 211 times so far with Saturday’s fixture being the 212th one. The gunners have claimed all three points 105 times compared to Everton’s 61 victories.
- Arsenal have won 7 of the last 9 meetings and have scored 15 goals in their last 4.
- Arsenal have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 14 games in all competitions and both teams have scored in 6 of their last 7 games.
- Everton are also without a clean sheet in their last 8 games in all competitions and both teams have scored in their last 5.
- Arsenal have conceded the first goal in their last 5 games but have scored first in 8 of the last 10 meetings with Everton.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Arsenal’s last 7 games and in 4 of Everton’s last 5 games.
Everton vs Arsenal Predictions:
- Everton to win or draw
- Both teams to score
- Over 2.5 goals
- Over 1.5 yellow cards for Arsenal