Goals on the cards as Arsenal visit Everton

Arsenal visit Everton in the Premier League on Saturday aiming to kickstart what has been a disappointing season to date.

Mikel Arteta’s appointment as manager heralds a new era for the club, although the Spaniard is unlikely to be in the dugout at Goodison Park. Freddie Ljungberg is expected to remain the touchline at Everton and the interim boss will be eager to guide the Gunners to a victory before handing over the reins to Arteta.

Arsenal are priced at 2.87 on the PowerPlay Website to win this weekend, with Everton on offer at 2.30 and the draw available at 3.80. The draw odds look particularly attractive given that both sides desperately need to take something from the game.

Arsenal head into the weekend tenth in the table, seven points off the top four and the same amount above the relegation zone. Our options for this weekend’s match are likely to be boosted, with Dani Ceballos, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding all in with a chance of returning to the squad. However, Granit Xhaka is out with concussion while Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac remain on the sidelines.

Everton are also in the throes of change, with Carlo Ancelotti set to be appointed as the club’s new manager following Marco Silva’s dismissal. The Toffees have taken four points from two games under caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson and he’ll want to end his temporary spell in charge on a high note. Despite their recent upturn in form, Everton are just three points above the drop zone in 16th place and firmly embroiled in a relegation battle.

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Djibril Sidibe are expected to be available following illness, while Fabian Delph may also return. Morgan Schneiderlin is expected to be back for the end of the year, but Lucas Digne, Theo Walcott, Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Andre Gomes are all still out.

Arsenal have dominated meetings between these two sides in recent years, losing just seven matches out of 42 in all competitions against Everton since the turn of the century. However, we were beaten 1-0 on their last visit to Goodison Park back in April, with Phil Jagielka’s 10th minute goal proving the difference between the two sides. Their away form this season also hasn’t been great, with two wins from eight league games a disappointing return for a club of Arsenal’s stature.

We are unlikely to find things easy against Everton and will need to produce a much better performance than last week’s dismal display against Manchester City. With both sides in need of points an entertaining game should be on the cards, so backing a 2-2 draw at odds of 11.00 could be worth an interest.

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