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  • 28 November 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
  • Referee: M. Oliver
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Everton - Arsenal Preview: David Moyes' side aiming to maintain unbeaten record at Goodison Park

The Gunners will be looking to continue a run which has seen them unbeaten in their last 10 matches against the Toffees, as both teams battle it out for fourth spot

  PROBABLE LINEUPS


EVERTON


Howard
Hibbert, Heitinga, Jagielka, Baines
Pienaar, Osman, Hitzlsperger, Mirallas
Fellaini
Jelavic

ARSENAL

Szczesny
Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen
Arteta, Cazorla, Wilshere
Walcott, Giroud, Podolski


Everton welcome back top-scorer Marouane Fellaini, after the Belgium international served a one-match ban for notching up five yellow cards. Tony Hibbert (groin) could also make a comeback to first team action after making the bench against Norwich on Saturday.

Darron Gibson (groin) is lacking match fitness, but played 63 minutes for the Under-21s on November 18 so could make the bench. Victor Anichebe and Kevin Mirallas are both expected to return from hamstring injuries but are set for the bench. Phil Neville (knee) remains a long-term absentee after undergoing surgery.

Arsene Wenger will be without Abou Diaby (thigh) and Andre Santos (abdominal). However, they will be buoyed by the likely return of Theo Walcott from a shoulder injury which has kept him out of contention recently.

Tomas Rosicky (achilles) has been back in training with the first team, and his return to action is said to be "imminent" by Arsenal, but he is unlikely to start at Goodison Park.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Everton have not managed a win against Arsenal in their last 10 attempts.
  • But the hosts are undefeated in 20 of their last 22 games in the Premier League

  • The Gunners currently have the joint-best defensive record on the road this campaign alongside Manchester City, with both clubs having conceded just five goals each.

  • The Toffees are unbeaten in all six of their matches at Goodison Park this season.

  • The visitors have been responsible for Everton's two worst ever defeats in the league, beating them 7-0 at Highbury in 2005 and 6-1 at Goodison Park in 2009.

  • Leighton Baines has created 50 chances for his team-mates this season, more than any other player in Europe's top five leagues.

  • The hosts' club-record signing, Marouane Fellaini, has managed six goals already this season. But he has only scored a total of 20 in 127 appearances for the club.

Players to watch

M. Fellaini

Position: Midfielder

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The 25-year-old has been in sparkling form for Everton this season, scoring vital goals and also laying on plenty for his team-mates. The Toffees look a completely different side when the Belgium international is involved, as his aerial presence and strength on the ball provides an outlet for the defence and a pivotal point of attack. If Arsenal are to keep Fellaini contained, the defenders will have to get tight to him and limit his time on the ball.

T. Walcott

Position: Attacker

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Much like Fellaini for Everton, Arsenal look a lot more dangerous when the 23-year-old is in the side. His lightning pace is a threat to any defender in the Premier League and he has been linking up well with the rest of the Gunners' attack. If he can find the finishing touch that saw him bag a hat-trick against Reading at the end of last month, he will give the hosts' defence plenty to think about.

Editor's Prediction

Both sides are playing good football this season, with Arsenal perhaps finding some form at the same time as Everton are dropping off a little. It's a must-win for both managers if they are to keep their hopes of a top-four finish riding high into the busy December period, and with influential players returning to teams it looks as though they may well just cancel each other out.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Everton

Arsenal

Wins
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2
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Everton FC EVE
Everton FC Everton
Draw
Arsenal FC ARS
Arsenal FC Arsenal
15%
75%

Top 3 Predictions

Everton FC EVE
1 - 2
Arsenal FC ARS
Everton FC EVE
1 - 3
Arsenal FC ARS
Everton FC EVE
0 - 2
Arsenal FC ARS

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