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Betting picks for Arsenal vs. Everton – EPL week 27

ArsenalWhen: Sunday, March 1st 2015 at 2pm ET
Where: Emirates Stadium, London, England

MIGHTY Arsenal (14-6-6) has been left reeling by a substandard performance against Monaco in the Champions League midweek and it doesn’t get any easier as it welcomes a feisty Everton (6-10-10) side to Emirates Stadium.

But while they’ve dropped their bundle in Europe, the Gunners have been flying in the league, reeling off five wins from their last six matches to climb to fourth, two points behind a Manchester United side that won yesterday, but has played an extra game.

But they will have to provide a better effort than the one that saw them slip to a 3-1 home defeat to the French side on Wednesday.

Manager Arsene Wenger was trying to forget his side’s lacklustre play when he spoke to media earlier in the week.

“There’s nobody to blame individually. Who is a striker who didn’t miss a chance? The fact that we missed some chances was only one of the characteristics of the night,” Wenger said.

“For us what is important is to respond well. We are on a strong run in the Premier League and we have to respond to that disappointment in a strong way – that’s all we can do.

“What is hurting is the defeat more than the criticism.

“I do not say I’m immune to it. I love to win and when I don’t win, I’m hurt of course.”

While the Gunners stumbled in Europe, Everton put in two super performances against Young Boys, a 3-1 home win putting them through to the next round of the UEFA Europa League on a big 7-2 aggregate.

Everton have become a tough ask in the Premier League as well, losing just once in their last seven and they have not last to Arsenal in their last five tries in the league.

And manager Roberto Martinez is not banking on any European hangover for the Gunners.

“I don’t think Arsenal will suffer from what happened against Monaco,” Martinez said.

“You need to remember they only have one league defeat at home. We are desperate to go for a good result.”

Match odds and predictions

Arsenal: 2/1

Draw: 10/3

Everton: 5/1

Predictions

Correct match score: Draw 1-1 – 13/2

Under 2.5 goals: 11/10

Both teams to score: Yes – 8/11 at Bovada

Arsenal is a very warm favourite here, having lost just once at home this season. But Everton has had some serious success over the men in red and white and, with its recent efforts in the league, we think a draw could be on the cards. Everton has a stingy defence and you can expect them to sit back and try and hurt Arsenal on the counter. We think the under 2.5 goals could be a good option. There’s just something about Everton’s ability to stifle Arsenal’s creative play, so we don’t think this will be a high scoring affair, but we do think both sides will find the back of the net at least one. We wouldn’t be surprised with any result here. Arsenal does have more to lose though, so be wary.

Bet on the first goalscorer in the Arsenal vs. Everton match

Arsenal

Santi Cazorla 10/1

Superstar Alexis Sanchez is the 7/2 favourite to score the first goal here, but we like a little fella who is a wizard in the midfield. Cazorla has been involved in just about everything good that Arsenal has done in its Premier League rejuvenation over the past eight weeks. He’s had a hand in six goals in the Gunners las five matches, including putting three in the back of the net. We reckon there’s a good chance he will make it four in six with the first goal here.

Everton

Steven Naismith 14/1

Does Naismith get a gig with big Romelu Lukaku roaming? We hope so. He’s scored against the Gunners in each of his last two appearances in the league and seems to give the Arsenal defenders fits. It’s like the pacey little bald man is forgotten in the defensive schemes and he just bobs up and strikes. Has been very good for Everton this year and is primed to be a thorn in Arsenal’s side again.

Predicted line-ups

Arsenal: Wojciech Szczesny, Hector Bellerin, Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal, Francis Coquelin, Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud

Just when the Gunners looked like they were starting to get a full deck of healthy cards to choose from, tough midfielder Jack Wilshere goes down. The Englishman has had to have minor ankle surgery and is expected to miss at least the next two weeks. The good news is that injured men Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini are set to return to training. The bad news is they won’t be available for the Everton game. It’s not all bad news though, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back in the fold and, despite Arsenal’s loss to Monaco, he will be boosted by his cracking strike that gave the side its only goal. The Gunners still have a pile of attacking options, with Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott likely to warm the bench thanks to Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla. Goal keeper David Ospina has struggled of late and we think the effort in goals midweek could be his death nell and perhaps the enigmatic Wojciech Szczesny will be back between the sticks.

Everton: Tim Howard, Seamus Coleman, John Stones, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, James McCarthy, Gareth Barry, Aaron Lennon, Steven Naismith, Kevin Mirallas, Romelu Lukaku

While Arsenal has its injury woes, another factor in Everton’s favour is its near clean bill of health, with only Steven Pienaar, Bryan Oviedo and Aiden McGeady unavailable for selections. That gives Martinez plenty of scope – and maybe a few selection headaches. Leon Osman is back in the fold, as is Gareth Barry, who should return after he served a one match suspension. The sturdy defence of John Stones and Phil Jagielka will be hard to crack for tough as nails Sylvain Distin, while we think Steven Naismith will hope to retain his place in attack after he scored against Leicester last week – and, as we mentioned earlier, he loves the Gunners.

This article was written by Jess

Jess is the editor of MobileSportsBetting.com. His job duties include everything nobody else is doing, and making sure it all gets done on time. When he gets a chance, Jess loves to write about NFL, MLB, Formula 1, and tennis betting.


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