Premier League, kick-off at 1:30pm Sunday 22nd October 2017 from Goodison Park
Two sides who have underperformed so far this season go head-to-head on Sunday afternoon in the first of a live Premier League double-header, courtesy of Sky Sports. Pressure is building on Everton boss Ronald Koeman, and he now welcomes Arsenal to Goodison Park for a 1.30pm start. Will The Gunners drive another nail into the manager’s coffin?
Opposite number Arsene Wenger knows all about the struggle, and hasn’t exactly made up for last season’s failings so far, going into the weekend down in sixth, already nine points off leaders Manchester City. A top-four finish is a must this term. Read on as we talk you through the best of our betting tips and predictions.
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Team News – Everton
Just two wins managed from their first eight league starts has Everton in 16th, two points better than the relegation zone. They have also been struggling for positives in the Europa League, despite boasting a squad more than capable of fighting on both fronts. Beaten again on Thursday, Lyon were the latest side to stick the boot in, leaving England with a 2-1 win tucked away in their luggage. Koeman looked miserable.
Williams was on target for the home side, but that goal was bettered by strikes from Fekir and Traore, one either side of half-time. The manager was honest when speaking with the press at full-time, saying he believes the defeat puts his job on the line. Already on shaky ground, the Dutchman spent £100m in the summer, but just isn’t getting results. They had chances to win the points, finishing with 16 shots at goal, but put just five of those on target.
Stats like that stick in the throat of odds compilers, and they are happy enough to oppose Everton on Sunday, writing off the chances of a home win. If you see something in Koeman’s side that most of us can’t, and fancy a go in your betting tips and predictions, bet365’s 14/5 is one of the better prices available. There’s 17/40 at Sportingbet on them scoring a goal during the 90 minutes, or 2/1 (William Hill) for another blank day.
Team News – Arsenal
While Everton were losing in the Europa League at home to Lyon, opponents Arsenal were nicking a 1-0 away win over Red Star Belgrade in a tight contest. The beaten side had Rodic sent off for a second bookable offence on 80 minutes, and couldn’t see the game out with 10 men, The Gunners finally getting their noses in front thanks to a winner from Giroud. Yes, that’s the same Giroud Wenger was trying to flog in the summer.
In what was a deserved win, we saw a lot of character from the Arsenal players to get it. A similar showing on Saturday would surely see them bank another maximum, and that’s just what they need, after falling to defeat when last on league duty. A decent run of results had lifted the Londoners through the ranks, but they ended on the wrong side of a 2-1 result away to Watford in the Saturday evening kick-off.
A quick-fire return to winning ways at this level will help everyone at the Emirates move on from last weekend’s defeat, and that’s exactly how the market sees this one playing out. Beating Everton hasn’t been a challenge for teams of late, and that goes some way to explaining why an Arsenal cheer is favourite, with no better than Betfair’s 21/20 going around.
Everton vs Arsenal – Premier League Tips and Betting Predictions
It’s difficult to make a convincing case for Everton beating anyone at the minute. The players seem unable to live up to the pressures that come with their price tag, while the manager is floundering, knowing himself he’s standing on the edge of a cliff. With that in mind, the 21/20 (Betfair) on an Arsenal win is better than I expected, and goes as the pick of our betting tips.
So, if Arsenal are going to heap pressure on Koeman, how will they do it? We say with a 2-1 correct score. Follow our thinking in your predictions and get 17/2, top price thanks to the good people at bet365. Everton lost by that score in midweek, while Arsenal scored two in their last league win. That makes it worth an interest.
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