Everton’s slide down the English Premier League ladder is gathering pace and Arsenal can help push the Toffees below halfway by posting a vital victory at Goodison Park.
One win in 11 matches across all competitions – and it was over out-of-form West Ham – has put Everton manager Ronald Koeman under all sorts of pressure. Koeman was supposed to be the answer to Everton’s prayers but the Toffees are no better under the Dutchman than they were under their former Spanish coach, Roberto Martinez. A soft English Premier League schedule enabled Everton to get off to a terrific start but the Toffees have been found out recently.
Arsenal is unbeaten in the English Premier League since it lost 3-4 at home to Liverpool in August, posting 10 wins and four draws in its last 14 divisional games. Arsenal has won each of its last three competitive matches against Everton, including last season’s game at Goodison Park through two unanswered first-half goals.
Everton and Arsenal have run into 13 common English Premier League opponents and, according to one’s collateral form analysis, the Gunners hold a 9-2-2 advantage over the Toffees, which is quite significant when one considers that both teams are ranked in the top nine after 15 rounds.
Several bookmakers, including Betfred, Paddy Power and SkyBet, are laying odds of -110 about Arsenal maintaining its English Premier League title push with an away triumph over an Everton side that in a false position on the ladder and falling even further behind the division’s big boys. Arsenal to win on Tuesday is one’s English Premier League top pick.
One would not go as far as to say that Southampton is hugely overrated but one would say that the Saints should not be the favourites for their English Premier League match at Stoke on Wednesday. The market makes no sense at all.
Just one point splits Stoke and Southampton on the English Premier League ladder and, even if your data digging started and finished there, you could not have the Saints at shorter odds than the Potters for the bet365 Stadium clash. But dig a little bit more and the case for Stoke gets even stronger.
Stoke and Southampton have met 13 identical English Premier League competitors and, according to one’s collateral form analysis, the Potters boast a 5-4-4 edge over the Saints. Stoke’s English Premier League home form is not great but it is superior to Southampton’s road numbers because the Saints have toiled everywhere except at West Ham. Stoke is trading at odds of +225 with 888Sport and Unibet when one assesses its correct price to be around the +125 mark.
Six of Leicester’s seven English Premier League away games have gone over two and a half goals and one is keen to take up Marathonbet on its offer of odds of -111 about Tuesday’s match between Bournemouth and the Foxes being high scoring.
Leicester has not kept an English Premier League road clean sheet since the Foxes waved goodbye to N’Golo Kante, the midfielder who was the glue in their title-winning team. Bournemouth is an attack-minded side that has netted 14 goals in its seven English Premier League home games and the Cherries have conceded freely versus the division’s leading lights, including allowing both Liverpool and Manchester United to score three goals at the Vitality Stadium.
Arsenal to beat Everton
Tuesday 13th December, 19:45 GMT
Stoke to beat Southampton
Wednesday 14th December, 20:00 GMT
Bournemouth v Leicester – Over 2.5 Goals
Wednesday 14th December, 19:45 GMT