Everton vs Arsenal Preview:
Probable starting lineups:
Pickford, Holgate, Keane, Jagielka, Baines, Gueye, Davies, Vlasic, Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin, Rooney
Cech, Holding, Koscielny, Monreal, Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac, Sanchez, Ozil, Lacazette
Everton started the new season in poor way and the fans are already disappointed. They have suffered four defeats in the first eight rounds, winning just two games. The atmosphere in the club is far from ideal, while the players confidence is low. This is the Toffees' worst start to a Premier League campaign for nine years. It is clear where the problem is - they sold Romelu Lukaku and now struggle to score. Everton have scored 5 league goals - only Bournemouth (4) and Crystal Palace (2) have fewer after eight rounds. In addition, Everton lost 2:1 to the French side Lyon in UEFA Europe League fixture on Thursday. Worst of all, the defeat came at Goodison Park to increase the fans' frustration. Manager Ronald Koeman has some additional issues as Roos Barkley, Seamos Coleman, Yannick Bolasie and Ramiro Funes Mori remain sidelined due to injury, while Morgan Schneiderlin and Aaron Lennon are doubtful.
Arsenal suffered a painful defeat to Watford last weekend. That's their only loss in the last nine games in all competitions. According to me, Arsenal don't deserve to lose that match. Watford were awarded a suspicious penalty in the second half after a minor collision between Bellerin and Richarlison. Even the former Premier League referee Graham Poll said that Arsenal should not have had a penalty awarded against them. However, Wenger's men returned to winning paths with a narrow victory (1:0) over Serbian side Crvena Zvezda in UEFA Europe League. The only goal in Belgrade was scored by Olivier Giroud in the finish of the match. Their 100% European record have to be respected, but the fans are disappointed by the fact Arsenal already sit 9 points behind the Premier Legaue leaders Manchester City. As usual, Wenger has a number of injured players. Shkodran Mustafi, David Ospina, Danny Welbeck, Calum Chambers and Santi Cazorla are definitely sidelined, while Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez are rated as doubtful.
Everton vs Arsenal Prediction:
Arsenal should win this match. The Gunners are in solid form at the moment, they have five victories on the last six matches in all competitions. On contrary, Everton have no win on the last four matches. Even worse, the Toffees lost two of the last three games, from Burnley in the Premier League and from Lyon in UEFA Europe League, drawing only to newly-promoted Brighton last weekend.
Everton vs Arsenal Pick: Away win