EVERTON vs ARSENAL -Preview

Everton host Arsenal on Sunday at Goodison Park, with both teams in need of a win after disappointing results last time out in the Premier League.

Everton has had a miserable campaign so far and this was compounded by their 2-1 defeat to Lyon in the Europa League. Wayne Rooney rescued a point against Brighton in the league last weekend but another defeat will put more pressure on Ronald Koeman.

The pressure will be on Ronald Koeman to improve the performance of his team, who have failed to win any of their last four games in all competitions and currently sit two places above the drop zone with eight points.

The Toffees have managed only two wins from their opening eight Premier League games despite spending heavily in the summer on players such as Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jordan Pickford.

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Arsenal come into the game having lost to Watford, with the Gunners going a goal up but seeing Troy Deeney level with a penalty before Tom Cleverley grabbed a stoppage-time winner.

They responded with a 1-0 win against Belgrade after a wonderful Olivier Giroud goal. The Gunners will be looking to build on their Europa League win in the domestic competition and will be desperate for a win after only taking one point in their travel thus far in the league.

Team News :

Everton- 

James McCarthy could make his first-team comeback having recovered from his knee injury and while Morgan Schneiderlin limped off the field on Thursday, he is expected to be able to feature in the contest at Goodison Park.

 

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James McCarthy could feature in the match against Arsenal.

 

Arsenal-

The Gunners will be without Shkodran Mustafi as the defender faces a long layoff with a thigh strain, while Danny Welbeck is out with a hamstring problem. However,  Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey, are expected to be available for the trip to Goodison Park.

 

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Danny Welbeck will be out due to a Hamstring problem.

 

MATCH FACTS –

Arsenal have won 11 Premier League away games against Everton – only at West Ham and Aston Villa (12 each) have they won more.

There has been a red card in three of the last four Premier League meetings between these sides (Laurent Koscielny in May 2017, Phil Jagielka in December 2016 and Gareth Barry in October 2015).

Arsenal have beaten Everton more times than any other club has beaten another in English Football League history (94 wins). Arsene Wenger has beaten Everton 30 times in all competitions as Arsenal manager – more than he has against any other side during his time at the Gunners.

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Everton have scored just five Premier League goals this season – two fewer than their former striker Romelu Lukaku has netted alone for Manchester United this term (7).

 

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