Everton (4-2-3-1): Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Barry, McCarthy, Miralles, Osman, McGeady, Lukaku
A win for Everton can move them one point behind fourth place Arsenal with a game in hand, meaning they have a very good chance of playing in the UEFA Champions League next season. Everton has notched five consecutive wins in their last six Premier League matches as they host Arsenal in a very tight encounter. Roberto Martinez will definitely be boosted by the return of club captain Phil Jagielka, who missed quite a few games through injury as John Stones is looking to make way. An injury for Ross Barkley last weekend means he could miss the match with Kevin Miralles looking to step up to take his place. Aiden McGeady is also looking to get the heads up ahead of Gerard Deulofeu as Martinez looks to capitalize on his team’s fine run of form in hopes of the Champions League spot.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Flamini, Arteta, Rosicky, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud
Arsenal’s Champions League spot is at stake when they travel to Goodison Park at the weekend as they have been unable to register a win in their last 3 games. Their form hasn’t been very good having won two, drawing two, and losing two of their last six games. Arsene Wenger’s side were one of the favorites to win the league this season, but seemed to have slowed down in recent weeks, dropping them down to fourth, all but extinguishing any hopes of winning the league. The Gunners cannot make any major changes from last weeks draw with Manchester City because many of their key players are out injured. The long injury list consist of Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, and Jack Wilshere who were are crucial for Arsene Wenger in the early stages of the season.
Hope arsenal win by atleast another 3 again on Sunday and put Everton back in place
— Jack Moffat (@JackMoffat6) April 3, 2014
Everton vs Arsenal. This match is so important that it could define Arsenal’s UCL hopes. A must win.
— Niko Marvel (@Nikomarvel) April 3, 2014
— Nath Jones (@NathJones14) April 3, 2014
Back in 2005, Arsenal hosted Everton and it was surely a moment Evertonians wanted to forget as their side fell to an embarrassing 7-0 lost. However, this time around, a much weaker Arsene Wenger side travel to lock horns with Roberto Martinez’s on form side. Looks like the tides could be turning…
Romelu Lukaku is the man that Arsenal need to look out for because he is a complete forward. A pacey physical player, he can win aerial battles as well as out run opponent defenders. With two goals and one assist in his last three games, the likes of Per Mertesacker and Thomas Vermaelen will surely need to be on their toes.
Everton vs. Arsenal: An Alternative Preview
Everton have only scored more than once in one of the last 22 Barclays Premier League games against Arsenal.
Arsenal have won just three of their last 10 Barclays Premier League matches (W3 D4 L3), taking just 13 points from the last 30 available.
The Toffees have lost eight and won none of the last 13 Premier League games against the Gunners, but the last three meetings have been drawn.
Mesut Ӧzil’s last two goals have come against Everton, one in the Premier League in December and one in the FA Cup victory in March.
Everton’s record home (1-6 Aug 2009) and record away and overall (0-7 May 2005) Premier League defeats have come at the hands of Arsenal.
Lukas Podolski has the best chance conversion of any player with 10+ goals in the Premier League over the last two seasons, scoring with 33% of his attempts.
No team has ever had 60 or more points after 31 games of a Premier League season and failed to finish in the top four. Everton and Arsenal have both exceeded this tally.
60 points after 31 games is Everton’s best ever total in Premier League history, surpassing the 57 they had mustered at this stage in 2007-08.
Everton have won 15 points from goals scored in the final 10 minutes of matches this season, more than any team in the division.
Arsenal are the only team in the Premier League not to have an opposition player sent off against them this season.