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Everton will feel a lot more enthusiastic than Arsenal here, judging by recent results, and Duncan Ferguson will hope to rally his wards yet again for another impressive outcome at the Goodison Park on Saturday.

Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Saturday, 21st December
Kick-off: 12:30 UK time
Venue: Goodison Park
TV Channel: Sky Sports

With rumours swirling round in the past week about Carlo Ancelotti coming in to replace Ferguson in the Everton hot seat, one might have thought it could be disruptive to the team’s chances of enjoying some level of success before the arrival of a new manager. But rather Ferguson had gone about the tedious work with a passionate, no-frills attitude that have given the team a real kick.

Everton are unbeaten in normal regulation time in all of the three games the Scottish gaffer had taken charge of, and only lost out to Leicester City on penalties in Wednesday’s League Cup game after orchestrating a stirring comeback.

The Tofees had beaten Chelsea and drawn to Manchester United in that time, and are now three points clear of the drop zones with Ferguson’s performances fuelling speculations that he could be getting the job on a permanent role.

He will be eager to bolster his growing reputations, and at least bow in style by heaping more misery on the floundering Gunners who themselves might have a new man in the dugout by the start of next week.

Mikel Arteta is all but poised to take over from Freddie Ljunberg after this game as no significant change in performances has been glimpsed since the axing of Unai Emery, and Arsenal continued to look out of sorts under the guidance of the Swede.

The 3-0 loss to Manchester City last weekend in which they showed neither bite nor fight was damning enough, and have forced the club’s hierarchy to put out all stops in turning to Pep Guardiola’s right hand man, and he will have a real task at stirring the club in the right direction upon his arrival.

The chances of a top four finish and thus, qualification for the Champions League looks bleak at the moment for the Gunners, but generally, it still remains to be seen how these two sides that have unarguably underwhelmed for much of the season fares in the coming weeks.

Team news


Everton have had a lot of injuries to contend with, and the likes of Fabian Delph, Lucas Digne and Beni Baningime remain doubtful for this one, aside their long term absentees.

Djibril Sidibé and Gylfi Sigurdsson are rated touch-and-go as result of recovering from their illnesses.


Sokratis Papastathopoulos will miss this game as a result of accumulated bookings.

Sead Kolasinac who pulled up with an ankle injury against the Citizens joins Kieran Tierney, Héctor Bellerín, Dani Ceballos and Rob Holding on the sidelines.

Head to head

In 212 previous meetings in all competitions between these two, Arsenal have won 106 times to Everton’s 61. They have shared spoils 45 times, but none in the last most recent nine.

Match stats

Everton have won two of their last three league games against Everton at the Goodison Park.

Arsenal have won seven of the last nine matches against Everton in the Premier League.

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Arsenal’s last five league games.

Team form

Arsenal’s form have been nondescript since October, to say the least. They have won just one of their last twelve matches in all competitions, which by their standards, is very poor. Arsenal’s last five matches in all competitions(DLWDL)

Everton have led some sort of renaissance under the watchful eyes of Ferguson, and perhaps just at the right moment. In spite of playing three tough fixtures in recent weeks, they have emerged with utmost credit and are even worth a backing. Everton’s last five matches in all competitions(LLWDD)

Betting preview

Both sides might not precisely go hell for leather here, but will be particularly more concerned about damage limitation. The last two games between the two have also featured under 2.5 goals, so backing such outcome at 29/20 is worth taking a look at. Everton particularly have shored up their leaking defence in their league games recently and after conceding just twice against Chelsea and Manchester United will be optimistic of keeping the misfiring Arsenal out.

A first half draw/Arsenal win at 13/2 looks eye-catching to avoid, and judging that Arsenal have been the dominant side in this fixture, might just suffice. But then, Everton should do more than enough to hold them off till after the resumption of the second period.

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