Arsenal vs Everton – Betting Preview
Not for the first time this year, contentious VAR rulings threatened to endanger Arsenal’s title hopes when Leandro Trossard’s incredible goal against Leicester was overturned before Harry Souttar went unpunished for a blatant foul on Bukayo Saka in the area.
Gabriel Martinelli’s goal early in the second half gave Arsenal all three points back and temporarily gave them a five-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the table. But, Arsenal was not to be denied at the King Power Stadium.
Due to Bournemouth’s 4-1 drubbing by the champions, the margin has now been narrowed back down to two points. But, Arsenal still have a game in hand, and Arteta’s team has rebounded magnificently to their minor setback with back-to-back victories against Villa and now Leicester.
Arteta’s current squad could now become just the third Arsenal team to reach 60 points in their first 25 Premier League games with a win here – the 2003-04 Invincibles and 2007-08 team are the only previous ones to achieve that feat – and the new manager bounce appears to have firmly worn off for Everton.
Emiliano Martinez, who played the villain against Arsenal a week prior, was one of the heroes for Aston Villa against Everton on Saturday. Everton paid the price for failing to capitalise on their early control with goals at Goodison Park.
Ollie Watkins opened the scoring from the penalty spot with 63 minutes remaining, becoming the first player in Villa history to score in five straight Premier League games. Emiliano Buendia then settled the game in the closing seconds with a magnificent finish.
Everton’s failure to secure a third straight home victory and subsequent tumble into 18th position, despite Leeds only being one point better off, made for depressing reading for the team. Good wins for West Ham United and Leeds United also made for gloomy reading for Everton.
1×2 Betting Odds
With a professional performance and a return to winning ways at the Emirates, Arteta’s team should be better prepared for the difficult physical battle that awaits them in midweek, they should be able to win this one and have a five-point advantage at the summit!
And the market largely agrees, as Arsenal are the favourites to win @ 1.38.
Everton cannot reasonably expect lightning to strike again against the Gunners, despite recently being one of Arsenal’s bogey teams, especially given their dismal goal-scoring record on the road!
With many problems, Everton are the underdogs @ 11.00.
The market odds of a stalemate and points shared between the two, stands @ 5.40.
Total goals over/under
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 1.89.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 2.07.
Sean Dyche will make it difficult and rugged for Arsenal to come out and play their smooth flowing football, but even then Arteta and co should do enough to crack the puzzle and get all 3 points.
So perhaps expect a low scoring encounter, but also expect Gunners to be top of the table with a 5 point lead.