Tuesday December 13th – BT Sport 1 – 19.45 (Kick off)
This season’s first full mid-week schedule of Premier League action kicks off tonight. BT sport bring us live coverage of the Everton v Arsenal match going live from 7 pm with a 7.45 kick off.
This is the kind of match Ronald Koeman could have done without. Everton have slowly slipped down the Premier League table to 9th place having only won 1 game in the last 10. In fact Arsenal have won more Premier League games against Everton than they have against any other side. It seems Everton are in for a tough night.
Everton have also conceded 2 goals in each of their last four league games against Arsenal.
Arsenal have been in good form themselves, and haven’t lost a league game since the opening day of the season. They have played some great attacking football this season, with Alexis Sanchez having a fantastic start. He has scored 11 goals in the 15 league games this season with a shot accuracy of 59%.
He is also Arsenal’s top assister in the league this season with 4. Sanchez has also created the most chances in the league of any Arsenal player. You could say Arsenal seem over reliant on the top class Chilean, but whilst he’s in form he will cause any defence problems. In fact he has had a hand in 26 goals in his last 26 Premier League appearances for Arsenal scoring 18 goals and providing 8 assists.
There is a real argument for the crown of the best player I the Premier League.
You would think for Everton to get anything out of this game tonight they will need to try their best to nullify Sanchez.
For both sides, this game starts a tough week with Arsenal taking on Man City on Sunday and Everton host rivals Liverpool next Monday night. It’s a game Everton will be desperate to get some points on the board going into the Liverpool Derby next week. For Arsenal, the prospect of their 4th straight league win in a row going into the Man City game is something Arsene Wenger will know all too well.
Arsenal will be without summer signing Mustafi, Debuchy and Per Mertesacker, a host of defenders currently injured and that is the chance Everton will need to try and exploit as hit man Romelu Lukaku looks to add to his 7 league goals this season.
The Gunners haven’t lost on a Tuesday in the Premier League since February 2006, and it is hard to see that changing tonight. Even with the defensive injuries, they will have too much quality for Everton tonight who themselves are in a streak of rotten form.
You can get Everton @ 4/1 to win, which at home shows the task in hand. An Arsenal win and a Sanchez goal perhaps something worth considering if you fancy a flutter tonight.
Other Games tonight:
Bournemouth V Leicester City
By Michael Thatcher