Premier League: Everton – Arsenal on the field at 12:30 (local time)

Everton and Arsenal open day 18 of the Premier League

  • Everton are yet to lose within 90 minutes under interim manager Duncan Ferguson (W1, D2), and their upturn in form can be attributed to an improving attack that has now scored at least once in ten of their previous 11 competitive fixtures. Additionally, they have netted 2+ goals in four of their previous six competitive home games.
  • Whilst the ‘Toffees’ attack continues to improve, their defence does require work. They haven’t kept a clean sheet in eight competitive matches and have conceded 2+ goals in four of their previous six fixtures. Strikingly, six of the last nine competitive goals they’ve conceded arrived in the first half.
  • Currently on a run of one win in 12 competitive matches (W1, D7, L4), Arsenal announced Mikel Arteta as their new coach on Friday. They have conceded 2+ goals in nine of those 12 games, and that combined with a decent attack, has resulted in their previous seven competitive matches featuring over 2.5 total goals.
  • A big positive for the ‘Gunners’ is that they tend to enjoy playing Everton – they have won four of the previous five H2Hs (W4, L1). Impressively, they scored 2+ goals in each victory and netted exactly five goals in two of those encounters.

Players to watch:

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is becoming a real danger man for Everton. He boasts seven competitive goals this season and netted a brace in his side’s last home league game. The ever consistent Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has four goals in his previous six competitive matches – he scored against Everton in the last H2H held here.

Stat attack:

  • Everton have conceded 31.03% of their league goals after the 75th minute.
  • Everton have been losing at half-time in just one of their eight home league games (HT: W4, D3, L1).
  • Arsenal have conceded 33.33% of their league goals in the 15 minutes before half-time.

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Players on the field

EVERTON (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Sidibe, Keane, Mina, Baines; Holgate, Davies; Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin.
ARSENAL (4-3-2-1): Leno; Bellerin, Chambers, Sokratis, Kolasinac; Guendouzi, Torreira; Pepe, Ozil, Martinelli; Aubameyang.