Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Preview: Everton vs Arsenal

Everton vs Arsenal
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Tomorrow night we face an Everton team who have gotten off to one of, if not their best start to a season in recent years, but with one win in their last 7 games, their form has dipped. The recent drop in form doesn't mean we can take tomorrow's game and less serious. Everton are a force to be reckoned with at home and still remain unbeaten at Goodison Park in the league this year.

Team News

  • Walcott returns after his minor injury that kept him out of the Villa game.
  • Thomas Vermaelen and Jack Wilshere, according to the boss, are "alright"
  • Tomas Rosicky has returned to full training but is unlikely to feature in the game.
  • Abou Diaby, 3 to 4 weeks.
  • The rest of the team that featured at Villa have been past fit to play.

The Teams

Last Outing: Aston Villa 0-0 Arsenal
Recent Form: DWWDD
Arsenal have been in steady enough form of late, stringing together an unbeaten run of 5 games since the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at the beginning of the month and have successfully managed to get through to the Last-16 of the Uefa Champions League. Althought the game against Villa remained scoreless the Gunners have averaged 3 goals a game in their last 7 outings, scoring 21 in total.
Predicted Lineup: Szczesney, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Sagna, Arteta, Cazorla, Wilshere, Chamberlain, Podolski, Giroud.
Last Outing: Everton 1-1 Norwich
Recent Form: DLWDD
Everton remain unbeaten at home this season after the weekend's result and they've notched up a total of 12 points from a possible 18 on home soil so far this season. The home side will be boosted by the return of fan favourite Marouane Fellaini. The Everton talisman will be certainly looking to cause a sometimes shaky Gunners defence a few problems with his strength and aerial ability.

Jay's Prediction

I think we'll edge this one. Everton will definitly cause us problems and their attacking ability can't be underestimated but we've been solid at the back (yeah, we actually have) and i think the form or Per will shine throughout the defence once again. Arteta needs to continue his adopted role as a holding midfielder and cannot let the occaison take over his emotions, his head needs to be in the game.

Giroud could be a big factor in this game. Everton arn't exactly the kind of team who will sit back for 90 minutes but if they do, the long ball up to the big Frenchman will have to be played. He's shown his class over recent weeks and can be a massive game changer as we now know.
Finally, the midfield needs to be at it. We need to get Cazorla and Jack on the ball as much as possible. We need to control the game. Everton's midfield are tireless and with the likely return of Darren Gibson (he's not quality but he works hard) Everton will be boosted.
Predicted Scorline: 1-2
Predicted Scorers: Jelavic, Podolski, Cazorla.
Thanks for the read lads,

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