Match Preview: Everton v Arsenal

Match Preview: Everton v Arsenal

Everton head into Sunday’s clash against Arsenal at Goodison Park with manager Ronald Koeman under increasing pressure over the club’s current predicament.

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Thursday’s 2-1 home defeat against Lyon in the Europa League was Everton’s fourth game without a win, sparking further speculation about Koeman’s future.

Midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is a major doubt after picking up an injury against Lyon, but Wayne Rooney could return to the starting line-up after being left out of the tie.

Aaron Lennon remains sidelined with a muscular injury, while Ramiro Funes Mori, Yannick Bolasie, Seamus Coleman and Ross Barkley are all long-term absentees.

Everton have won two and drawn one of their last four Premier League home games against Arsenal and can be backed at 13/5 to emerge victorious this weekend.

The Toffees are currently 16th in the table, just two points above the relegation zone after eight games.

Despite being criticised over his form this season, Rooney has been Everton’s best hope for goals this season.

His three Premier League goals this season have been worth four points for Everton and he is priced at 2/1 to score at any time during the game.

The former England star has scored more Premier League goals against the Gunners than any other player (11).

Arsenal head into the game buoyed by Thursday’s 1-0 Europa League victory at Red Star Belgrade.

Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez were not involved in last week’s 2-1 league defeat at Watford, while Laurent Koscielny was forced off with a thigh problem. The trio should all return at Everton.

Mesut Ozil is also back in contention for a starting role, but Danny Welbeck, Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers are all ruled out through injury.

Arsenal have won 11 Premier League away games against Everton and are available at Evens to add to that record this weekend.

Olivier Giroud scored a superb winner against Belgrade on Thursday and is 4/1 to open the scoring at Goodison Park, while Sanchez looks a good bet at 6/4 to score at any time on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger has beaten Everton 30 times in all competitions as Arsenal manager, but the home side’s desperate need for points could see them make things difficult for the visitors.

A 1-1 scoreline is priced at 11/2 and that could pay dividends.

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