Everton vs Arsenal by Luke
Everton continues with their poor run, as the team comes from a 3:2 defeat away to Watford last Saturday afternoon. They actually had more of the ball possession and took the lead in seventeenth minute with a goal from Lukaku, but were outplayed in the middle of the game when Watford managed to reach their victory.
Okaka leveled up the result in 36th, while Watford had great start in the second halftime and secured the victory with goals from Prodl and Okaka again first twenty minutes of the repetition, while the guests only reduced the deficit via Okaka again. This was fifth game for Everton without a victory in Premier League (two draws and three defeats), as the team currently stands still in the upper part of the table, being at ninth position with twenty points earned, seven less than Europa League placed Tottenham and eight more than relegating worried sides.
Home team should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Lukaku as striker, plus Lennon, Barkley and Mirallas as offensive midfielders. Defensive midfielder Muhamed Besic (no performance so far) continues to be long term absentee, as well as defender Matthew Pennington. Injured is also attacking midfielder Yannick Bolasie (13/1), while doubtful remains forward Arouna Kone (3/0) but he anyway didn't play much this season.
Arsenal continued their good form last weekend, as the team managed to overpower Stoke City 3:1 without much problems, even though the visiting side was the first one to take the lead in 29th minute with a goal from penalty kick taken by Adam. However, the Gunners were better of the two teams and controlled the ball a lot from that moment on, managing to level up via Walcott just before the halftime blow.
They were even better in the second halftime and easily reached the victory, opening the halftime with a goal from Ozil, while Iwobi sealed the victory in 75th minute. This was their third consecutive victory in Premier League, as the team continues to chase first placed Chelsea having three points less and remaining in a must win situation here.
The Gunners are expected to play in 4-2-3-1 formation as well, with Sanchez as central striker, but also with Walcott, Ozil and Iwobi as his offensive support behind his back. Midfielders Santi Cazorla (11/2) is injured, as well as right back Mathieu Debuchy (1/0) and Shkodran Mustafi (12/0), plus couple of more who anyway didn't play so far in the season. Right back Hector Bellerin is now back in the team and ready to start here. Offensive midfielder Aaron Ramsey has some problems, but could be ready till the start.
Arsenal remains a favorite here and should win, however their defensive lineup is not always to be trusted. Everton now really needs to respond with a better performance and have no time to wait behind the ball here. I definitely see both teams scoring here and the game going into an easy over 2.5 goals.