At Goodison Park, all is not well, and with each passing game, Rafael Benitez appears to be edging closer to the exit, pushed by dissatisfied Everton fans.
🍬 What's happening?
It's understandable why the Toffees faithful have turned on the former Liverpool manager, with Everton having lost six of their last eight Premier League matches. Everton are currently 14th in the Premier League, just five points clear of the relegation zone after 14 matches, following a heavy 4-1 defeat to rivals Liverpool in midweek. All of this came after Everton enjoyed a strong start to the season, winning four of their first six league games. Benitez has the owner's backing, but another poor performance here could push him over the edge.
🔴 The Gunners
Arsenal, on the other hand, have had a mixed bag of results in recent weeks. Arsenal bounced back from a thrashing at the hands of Liverpool last weekend to secure three points against Newcastle United. Mikel Arteta may have hoped his side would take advantage of Manchester United's poor form, only for Cristiano Ronaldo to inspire the Red Devils to victory.
The Gunners missed the opportunity to leapfrog West Ham United into fourth place earlier in the week after the Hammers drew with Brighton & Hove Albion. Arteta will look to maintain pressure on their London rivals in the race for the final Champions League qualifying spot. He'll also be on the lookout for Manchester United, who are just two points behind them heading into the latest round of fixtures.
🔑 Key stats
- Everton won both Premier League games against Arsenal last season. They have not won three in a row against the Gunners in league competition since April 1986. However, Arsenal are without a win in their last three Premier League away games against Everton (D1 L2), last having a longer winless league run at Goodison Park between 1989 and 1994 (6 games)
- Arsenal have scored 111 Premier League goals against Everton, more than they have versus any other side in the competition. Indeed, only Manchester United have netted more against a single opponent in the competition (112 vs Newcastle).
- Arsenal have lost two of their last three games in the Premier League (W1), conceding seven goals in the process. Prior to this, the Gunners had gone unbeaten in their previous eight matches (W6 D2) and conceded only four times.
- Everton have lost six of their last seven Premier League matches (D1) and are winless in their last eight (D2 L6). The Toffees have not gone nine without a win since a 12-game run between August and October 1994.
- Demarai Gray has scored more Premier League goals than any other Everton player this season (4). He has never netted more than four in a Premier League season in his career, also finding the back of the net four times in 2018/19 at Leicester City.
- Emile Smith Rowe has had a hand in eight goals in his last 11 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal (6 goals, 2 assists). Indeed, only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (9) has more goal involvements for the Gunners this season than the 21-year-old (8).
🔢 Predicted lineups
Everton XI: Pickford, Coleman, Godfrey, Keane, Digne, Townsend, Doucoure, Allan, Gordon, Gray, Richarlison
Arsenal XI: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tavares; Partey, Lokonga, Martinelli, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang
🔥 Futaa best tip
- Arsenal win at FT
Everton's wretched run of form continued with a 1-4 humbling by Liverpool at Goodison, extending their winless run to eight matches and pushing them down to 14th, just five points above the relegation zone. Much-improved Arsenal will fancy their chances of three points here. The Gunners haven't won an EPL match at Goodison since April 2017 so they'll feel now the time is right to atone for that.
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