Roberto Martinez’s side have been excellent at Goodison Park this season and can trouble a Gunners team missing several key players
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Everton don’t lose at Goodison Park in the Premier League these days. Only Sunderland have walked away with three points this season and that came about as a result of Tim Howard’s early red card against the Black Cats, with the Toffees having won eleven of their fourteen other home games.
Recent victories at Craven Cottage and St James’ Park have propelled the Merseyside club towards the Champions League places and a victory over the Gunners would move them to within a point of their opponents with a game in hand.
Sky Bet free bet offer a best price 8/5 about an Everton win and that looks a decent price considering that Martinez’s men have built up a head of steam recently, winning their last five Premier League games and they have scored three goals in their past three matches.
The goals come from all over the pitch, with Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith on target against Fulham, although it was Romelu Lukaku that found the target in the previous two matches and the Belgian is the sort of player that Arsene Wenger would like on his books right now.
Lukaku is a 6/1 chance with BetVictor to open the scoring and the same bookie go best price about a number of players scoring the first goal including Ross Barkley who is likely to recover from a knock to take his place in the starting XI.
Arsenal did beat Everton last month in their FA Cup tie by a 4-1 scoreline and a victory in this match would propel them nicely clear of the Toffees and make them strong favourites to claim a place in next season’s Champions League as usual.
The Gunners are a 2/1 chance with BetVictor to claim three points, having played very well in the second half of their game against Manchester City to show they are not a soft touch coming towards the business end of the contest, although they are missing Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere.
It looks ripe for Everton to take advantage and a 3-1 correct scoreline can be backed at 20/1 with both halves of Merseyside dreaming of big things this season.
TIP: Everton to beat Arsenal @ 8/5