Both these clubs’ fortunes are looking up. Everton have climbed from a potential relegation scrap to ninth since the exit of Marco Silva, while Arsenal remain unbeaten from nine outings across all competitions in 2020 so far.
That includes impressive victories over Man Utd (2-0), Newcastle (4-0) and last time out at Olympiacos, as well as a stalemate at Stamford Bridge despite David Luiz seeing red after just 26 minutes.
Only Liverpool can better the Toffees’ form over the last 11 outings since the departure of Silva, going W6-D4-L1 over that period, as their sole defeat came by a single strike at the Etihad.
However, it should be noted that over half of those came against teams currently sitting in 13th or lower in the league, and their form over that period on the road alone reads a less impressive W2-D2-L1.
Those two victories on the road came against bottom-half outfits Newcastle and Watford, whilst they also had to settle for a stalemate when visiting the misfiring Hammers last month.
Furthermore, dating back to September 2016, the Toffees are a miserly W13-D20-L35 on the road. All but three of those victories came against teams in the bottom six at the time of playing, so they look like they have a serious job on their hands.
Arsenal To Win And Both Teams To Score
Mikel Arteta’s men have won three of their four fixtures at the Emirates this calendar year across all tournaments.
They conceded just once across them through John Fleck’s 83rd-minute equaliser for Sheffield Utd, whilst they were unfortunate not to come away 1-0 victors against the Blues in their final fixture of 2019 following a Bernd Leno mistake.
A rather staggering statistic is Everton’s record when travelling to Arsenal. They’re a woeful 21 defeats from 25 winless trips to the Gunners since the 1996/97 season across all competitions, including defeats in all six since the start of 2014 by an aggregate scoreline of 18-4.
In fact, the Toffees have lost 23 of their 34 winless trips to the ‘Big Six’ and this season’s Leicester since 2014/15, and it’ll be a huge result for them should they turn that record around under Carlo Ancelotti.
One factor that is clear to see is Everton’s ability to get on the scoreboard as they’ve done so for nine straight road trips now, averaging 1.67 goals per game, though their shortcoming has been the fact they’ve also conceded in each of those too at a rate of exactly two goals per game.
Although Arsenal have discovered some newfound defensive spirit under Arteta, they’ve still seen both sides get on the scoreboard in five of their eight games under him and so the home win and both teams to score looks the way to go.
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