A tired Arsenal team can be exposed by an energetic Everton side at Goodison Park on Saturday
Everton won this fixture comfortably last season as the Toffees briefly threatened to leapfrog the Gunners for fourth place, with Roberto Martinez’s team winning 3-0.
The Toffees manager will surely feel that this fixture has arrived at exactly the right time of the season, with Arsenal having played out a goalless draw in Turkey on Tuesday evening and only just folding their German players back into the squad after their World Cup exploits.
Paddy Power are among those firms going 9/5 about an Everton win and it looks fantastic value, with the Merseyside team having twice led against Leicester before being pegged back to a 2-2 draw last weekend.
Ross Barkley is a notable absentee for the Toffees, although Romelu Lukaku’s permanent move means that Everton have real menace in attack, while Aidan McGeady, Steven Naismith and Kevin Mirallas can cause all sorts of problems.
Coral offer a best price 11/2 about Lukaku scoring the first goal of the game, with the Belgian looking to open his account for the season and Arsene Wenger needs to work out whether Per Mertesacker should slot into central defence.
Calum Chambers has been a smooth operator in this position and it’s possible that Wenger will give Laurent Koscielny the day off and allow the youngster to continue alongside his German team-mate.
Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski should return to the squad, with Ozil looking to improve on his first campaign in an Arsenal shirt and the German might enjoy playing alongside Alexis Sanchez.
BetVictor offer a best price 13/8 about a win for the London side after beating Crystal Palace 2-1 on Saturday, although they were unable to find a breakthrough in Turkey and will be thinking about the second leg game next week.
With the Everton defence having shut out Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United at Goodison Park last term, there is an argument for backing Everton at 9/2 with Coral to win this game to nil.
Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin will be confident of taming Olivier Giroud, while the hard working Gareth Barry and James McCarthy will be looking to nullify the attacking threat of Ramsey, Ozil and Sanchez.
However, the visitors are capable of getting a draw so we’ll go for Everton on the Draw No Bet market at a tasty even money.
BETTING TIP: Everton on Draw No Bet @ evens with Paddy Power