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Premier League Betting Preview: Arsenal vs. Everton

September 17, 2023

Arsenal travel to face a struggling Everton side at Goodison Park on Sunday, September 17th

The Gunners will be eager to claim their first win at Goodison Park since October 2017, with Everton winning four of their last four home games with Arsenal. 

All in all, Everton have won their last three home matches against Arsenal, including last season’s 1-0 victory in Sean Dyche’s first game in charge. The Toffees last won four in a row against Arsenal between March 1910 and March 1913.

Arsenal, though, dismantled Everton in a 4-0 victory at the Emirates on March 1st, with Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard all getting themselves on the scoresheet. 

Everton Betting Preview (+550 at Everygame) 

First and foremost, Everton have new owners! American firm 777 Partners reportedly completed the takeover of Everton with the disastrous Farhad Moshiri era coming to an end. 

The Toffees are still searching for their first win of the Premier League campaign, having picked up their first point in a 2-2 draw at Bramall Lane against newly-promoted Sheffield United just before the break.

Sean Dyche's side currently sit 18th, only above newly-promoted duo Luton Town and Burnley, who are both yet to earn a single point, and level on points with Sheffield United in 17th.

Everton go into this weekend as one of five top-flight clubs still looking for a first victory, having tasted defeats against the likes of Fulham, Aston Villa and Wolves before salvaging a point at Sheffield United last time out. 

Elsewhere, The Toffees claimed a 2-1 win at League Two side Doncaster in the League Cup. Introduced at the break, new signing Beto used the opportunity to score his first goal for Everton as he inspired their second-half comeback. 

Furthermore, Beto enjoyed an impressive Premier League debut for Everton against Sheffield United. Even though the Brazilian striker wasn't able to score, his influence clearly made the Toffees more dangerous. 

Despite the promising start of Sean Dyche's tenure, Everton's home form has been dismal. The Toffees have won just one of their last six games at Goodison Park - a crucial win in the final day meeting with Bournemouth that saw them barely avoid relegation.

A lack of goals continue to cause Dyche headaches, as his players have failed to score more than one goal in any of their last 15 top-flight games at Goodison Park, registering only two goals this season despite boasting an impressive xG of 7.3. 

The Everton boss has a number of worries, having struggled to fill his bench at times this campaign.Dominic Calvert-Lewin is fit and available after recovering from a facial injury, while England U21's Jarrad Branthwaite withdrew from international duty with a groin concern, but hopes are high he will recover in time.

England defender Michael Keane and winger Lewis Dobbin missed the trip to Sheffield with knocks but the pair should also be available again, and James Tarkowski has overcome a minor issue to be available for selection. 

Summer signings Jack Harrison and Chermiti are struggling with hip and groin issues, respectively, while veteran-skipper Seamus Coleman, Andre Gomes and Dele Alli are also sidelined.

Meanwhile, Yerry Mina, Tom Davies, Alex Iwobi, Demarai Gray, Moise Kean and Neal Maupay have all left the club this summer. 

Arsenal Betting Preview (-200 at Everygame) 

Following the season's first international break, Arsenal return to Premier League action on Sunday when the North London outfit head to Merseyside, hoping to end their three-game losing streak at Goodison Park.  

Arsenal will take on Eredivisie giants PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday night in their first Champions League appearance since March 2017. Indeed, the Champions League anthem will be played at Emirates for the first time since a devastating 5-1 defeat (10-2 on aggregate) to Bayern Munich in the 2016/17 last 16.

But first, The Gunners need to overcome their away day blues at Goodison Park.

Mikel Arteta is set to face his former club as the Gunners will be bidding to catch up with the other top-ranked clubs following Saturday's round of games. His side dramatically overcame Manchester United in their last match and occupy fifth place, on 10 points (three points behind Tottenham and Liverpool, who sit second and third, respectively).

The Gunners are still riding high on the euphoria of beating Manchester United, and with the Everton game coming ahead of their Champions League return as well as a North London derby next weekend, Arteta hopes his side's momentum and feel-good-factor will be maintained heading into a massive week.

All in all, Mikel Arteta's side remain unbeaten so far this term and would have a perfect record had they not dropped points late on against London rivals Fulham last month.

Thomas Partey will continue to be missing after picking up a groin injury in the build-up to the Manchester United game, and the Ghana midfielder joins long-term absentee Jurrien Timber on the sidelines.

However, Mohamed Elneny has been back in training as the Egyptian midfielder continues his progression from the knee injury he sustained last winter.

Possible Starting Lineups of Everton and Arsenal

Everton: Jordan Pickford - Nathan Patterson, Jarrad Branthwaite, James Tarkowski, Ashley Young - Idrissa Gueye, Amadou Onana, Abdoulaye Doucouré - Dwight McNeil, Beto, Arnaut Danjuma. (4-3-3) 

Arsenal: Aaron Ramsdale - Ben White, Gabriel Magalhães, William Saliba, Oleksandr Zinchenko - Martin Ødegaard, Declan Rice, Kai Havertz - Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli. (4-3-3) 

Spooky Express Betting Prediction 

Everton haven't kept a clean sheet in their last five matches, and are yet to score at home this season.

Arsenal, on the other hand, have kept 11 away clean sheets since the start of last season, more than any other side in the Premier League. They should have too much quality for the Toffees on this occasion but that was also an anticipated outcome when Sean Dyche's side prevailed earlier this year, so we don’t want to underestimate Everton on their ground.

Gabriel Jesus has bagged eight goals in just nine Premier League appearances against Everton (8 wins and 1 draw), more than he has against any other opponent.

Spooky Express Free Play 1: Both teams to score - Yes -125 at Everygame for 7/10 Units

Spooky Express Free Play 2: Gabriel Jesus Anytime Goalscorer +165 at Everygame for 3/10 Units