Arsenal will hope to give the Emirates Stadium faithful something to shout about when they meet Everton in their final home game of this Premier League season, where despite recent troubles a home win is the soccer bet to place this weekend.
Ben White’s unfortunate own goal and a late strike from Bruno Guimaraes fired Newcastle United to a 2-0 victory on Monday and effectively put the Gunners’ bid to qualify for next season’s Champions League to rest.
Mikel Arteta’s men now need to beat relegation-battling Everton and hope for fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur to lose at already-relegated Norwich City to pip Spurs to a long-awaited top-four finish.
Not long ago, Betway and other bookmakers considered the Emirates outfit the leading candidates to join Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea in next season’s Champions League group stages.
However, a calamitous collapse in the crunch game of the season saw Arsenal halt their four-game winning league streak with an abysmal 3-0 reverse at Tottenham in the ante-penultimate round.
While Arsenal’s top-four hopes are left in tatters following a dismal defeat at St James’ Park, Everton may still have plenty to play for on the final weekend.
Though backing the Toffees to stun the London crowd may not sound as an ideal given their sub-par performance against Brentford last weekend, Frank Lampard’s side will be out to upset the odds from Betway and make it happen.
But first they will hope to put the Goodison Park debacle behind them and get back on the rails against Crystal Palace on the penultimate matchday.
A potential home victory over mid-table Palace on Thursday would render Everton’s upcoming visit to the nation’s capital meaningless and guarantee another top-flight season with a game to spare.
However, anything other than that would require the Toffees to get a result at the Emirates on the last day of the season.
One would ask why Arsenal cannot perform throughout the season as they often do on the final weekends.
The Gunners have avoided defeat in their final league match in each of the 16 previous campaigns (W14, D2), winning the last ten in a row.
So it comes as no surprise that Betway rate Arsenal as massive pre-match favourites to arrest their two-game losing Premier League run and potentially drag Everton down.
Everton’s recent three-game winning Premier League streak against Arsenal ought to to breed confidence they can get the win they need and end the season on a high.
But Lampard’s men have developed a habit of collapsing on the final weekend, losing their closing league game in four of the last five seasons (D1).
It is worth noting that Everton have conceded 3+ goals in each of those four defeats, which has been the case in three of their last five top-flight visits to Arsenal.
Arsenal suffered a massive injury blow at Newcastle, as Takehiro Tomiyasu was forced off injured in the first half and will likely remain on the sidelines this weekend, reports The Sun.
In addition to the Japanese right-back, the Gunners will be without Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey, who are still nursing injuries in the treatment room.
As for Everton, Andros Townsend, Nathan Patterson and Fabian Delph are out injured, while Yerry Mina still has an outside chance to make the matchday squad.
Jarrad Branthwaite and Salomon Rondon are unavailable due to suspension after picking up red cards against Brentford last weekend.
How Could Arsenal Line-up Against Everton?
(4-2-3-1): Aaron Ramsdale; Cedric Soares, Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes, Nuno Tavares; Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny; Gabriel Martinelli, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka; Eddie Nketiah.
Arsenal vs Everton Prediction
Before slipping to a narrow 1-0 defeat in this exact fixture last season, Arsenal had gone unbeaten in 24 previous home league meetings with Everton.
The Gunners will be keen to avoid losing back-to-back home league clashes against the Toffees since 1987 and we back them to achieve that feat by put a few goals past Lampard’s fragile backline.
Arsenal 3-1 Everton
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