Everton - Arsenal Preview: Hosts have lost seven out of last nine league meetings with the Gunners
The Gunners have a good string of results behind them, having overturned deficits in their last four league games, and will be driven on by the fact that they could leapfrog Spurs
By John Stammers
Hibbert, Distin, Jagielka, Baines
Coleman, Fellaini, Neville, Pienaar
Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs
Walcott, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain
Everton have busy fixture schedule with Swansea on Saturday and then an FA Cup replay against Sunderland next week, which may be in David Moyes' mind. Therefore, after naming a strong line-up in the initial quarter-final tie against Martin O'Neill's side, a few changes may be made.
Nikica Jelavic could be rested after playing the whole game on Saturday, with Denis Stracqualursi or Victor Anichebe possible replacements.
Steven Pienaar should start, with the South-African cup-tied for both games against Sunderland, while Phil Jagielka and Tony Hibbert are in-line to feature at the back or in midfield.
Arsene Wenger is likely to named an unchanged side from the one that beat Newcastle at the Emirates last Monday, with no fresh injury worries and the team on a good run of form.
The Arsenal boss does have Aaron Ramsey and Gervinho available if he choses to mix things up, while Andre Santos could make the squad after playing an hour for the reserves. Long-term absentees including Jack Wilshere and Per Mertesacker remain out.
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- Everton have lost seven and won none of their last nine meetings with Arsenal.
- Tim Cahill (pictured) has managed to score three in his last four appearances against the north London team.
- Moyes' side did not muster a single shot on target when the clubs met at the Emirates in December.
- The Toffees have conceded 31 goals this season, a record only bettered by Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.
- The visitors have become the first team in the Premier League era to win from behind in four successive matches, after doing it in their last four games.
- Wenger's men are also the team to have recovered the most points from losing positions in the league (19).
- The Gunners have netted 13 goals in their last four trips to Goodison Park, and 80 against the home side in Premier League history - more than against any other club.
- Wednesday's clash will be officiated by Lee Mason who awarded Everton a controversial offside goal when the teams met at the Emirates last season.
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Top 3 Predictions
Everton 1-3 Arsenal FC
- 25.28 %
Everton 1-2 Arsenal FC
- 13.97 %
Everton 0-2 Arsenal FC
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|England - Premier League (EPL)||Apr 17, 2013||Arsenal FC 0 - Everton 0|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Nov 29, 2012||Everton 1 - Arsenal FC 1|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Mar 22, 2012||Everton 0 - Arsenal FC 1|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Dec 10, 2011||Arsenal FC 1 - Everton 0|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Feb 2, 2011||Arsenal FC 2 - Everton 1|
|Dec 5, 2013||Manchester United 0 - Everton 1||EPL|
|Nov 30, 2013||Everton 4 - Stoke City 0||EPL|
|Nov 23, 2013||Everton 3 - Liverpool 3||EPL|
|Nov 9, 2013||Crystal Palace 0 - Everton 0||EPL|
|Nov 3, 2013||Everton 0 - Tottenham 0||EPL|
|20||Robin van Persie||Striker|
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