Arsenal followed up their late win over Crystal Palace last weekend by labouring to a goalless draw in Istanbul in their Champions League qualifier first leg and now face a tough trip to Goodison Park on Saturday evening. The bookmakers appear to have overreacted to Arsenal’s draw in Turkey and at 13/8 they look decent value to make it two wins from two in the Premier League…
Everton v Arsenal (Saturday, 17:30, SS1)
Tom Powell’s Verdict: ARSENAL TO WIN @ 13/8 – BET NOW
Prior to the clash in Istanbul Arsenal were 8/5 to win at Goodison Park and although the performance at the Vodafone Arena was poor the Gunners don’t deserve to have been pushed out to 13/8 to pick up three points on Saturday evening.
This clash will see one or two players return to the fold with the German World Cup stars back in contention to start while fatigue cannot be considered a determining factor so early in the season with just 180 minutes of football having been played so far. Arsenal’s away record was superb last season with 11 wins on the road (more than any other side) while their record at Goodison Park is generally good with last season’s loss their first since way back in 2007.
As for the home side, they looked well below par as they drew 2-2 at recently promoted Leicester last Saturday afternoon and have a Ross Barkley shaped hole missing in their midfield after the youngster was ruled out for a significant period with a knee injury. At the back, 36 year-old Sylvain Distin and Jon Stones were at fault for both of Leicester’s goals and so they’ll undoubtedly have a harder time facing up to Alexis Sanchez and company.
Too much has been made of the draw in Istanbul so Arsenal to beat Everton is the value bet at 13/8.
Everton v Arsenal Team News: Arsenal can call on a handful of players who had been left out due to the World Cup commitments though there are concerns over Mikel Arteta’s fitness after he limped off against Besiktas – while Kieran Gibbs is also out injured. Ross Barkley is Everton’s one major casualty though Bryan Oviedo and Arouna Kone also remain sidelined.
Anytime Angle: Aaron Ramsey @ 5/2 – BET NOW. Tuesday night wasn’t the Welshman’s best performance but he’s two from three in competitive fixtures this season and remains the most likely to net of anyone behind the strikers.
Banker Bet: Under 2.5 Goals @ 21/20 – BET NOW. Arsenal racked up eight clean sheets on their travels last season and went under 2.5 goals on 12 occasions and with defensive personnel set to bolster their backline a low scoring match looks likely.
Premier League Betting: After the struggle against Palace last week Arsenal shortened to 11/2 from 7/1 in the Premier League winner market but remain 8/5 favourites in the outright winner without Chelsea and Man City market.