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Premier League

  • March 21, 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
  • Referee: L. Mason
  • • Attendance: 30330

Everton - Arsenal Preview: Hosts have lost seven out of last nine league meetings with the Gunners

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



Hibbert, Distin, Jagielka, Baines
Coleman, Fellaini, Neville, Pienaar

Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs
Song, Arteta
Walcott, Rosicky
, Oxlade-Chamberlain
Van Persie

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.

  • 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.

Editor's Prediction

You wouldn't bet against Arsenal at the moment, they're in good form and most things seem to be going their way. Robin van Persie is a man on top of his game and seems to be scoring whenever he wants just now, not to mention the Gunners' record against Everton in ominous for the home fans.

Expect Moyes' side to put up a good fight and battle hard in midfield but I think the north London side will provide the cutting edge in the final third to maintain their impressive run and continue their pursuit of Tottenham, who are currently just a point ahead.

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