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
By Alfie Meekings
Hibbert, Heitinga, Jagielka, Baines
Pienaar, Osman, Hitzlsperger, Mirallas
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.
Santi Cazorla (pictured, right) has the second-highest pass success rate in the Premier League, with 93% of his passes finding a teammate (the highest is Manchester United's Anderson, with 93.1%)
Cazorla is 9/1 with Bet365 to score first in this match.
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.
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Top 3 Predictions
Everton 1-2 Arsenal
- 20.67 %
Everton 1-3 Arsenal
- 16.57 %
Everton 0-2 Arsenal
- 11.52 %
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