It’s a do-or-die situation for Arsenal as they head into the final weekend of 2016/17 English Premier League action. The Gunners need to draw or win their final game of the season at home against Everton to have any chance of finishing in the top four and qualifying for next season’s European Champions League. The crucial match will be kicking off at the Emirates Stadium in London this Sunday, May 21st. Arsenal is coming off of a 2-0 home win over last-place Sunderland on Tuesday while Everton beat Watford 1-0 at home last Friday.
Arsenal vs Everton – bet365 Soccer Betting Line:
- bet365 currently lists Arsenal as the favorites to win the game at 2/5 with Everton 13/2 and a draw at 7/2
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Arsenal vs Everton – Head to Head:
- The two clubs last met on December 13th with Everton winning at home at Goodison Park in Liverpool. Arsenal won both games last season, 2-1 at home and 2-0 away. The sides have met 206 times in the past with Arsenal winning 101, losing 60 and drawing the other 45. The teams have drawn five of the last 10 games with Arsenal winning four and Everton the other two. Those are Everton’s lone two wins in the last 20 meetings to go along with 12 losses and six draws.
Arsenal – A Closer Look:
Arsenal has now won six of their last seven games including four in a row to climb back in the top-four race. They’re hoping to qualify for the Champions League for the 21st straight season, but ultimately may have left it a game too late. The Gunners sit in fifth place in the standings with 72 points from 22 wins, six draws and nine losses while scoring 74 goals and conceding 43. They trail fourth-place Liverpool by just one point and are three points back of third-place Manchester City.
Arsenal has to win this game and Liverpool or Man City needs to drop points for the Gunners to crack the top four. Arsenal has seven wins, a draw and two defeats in their past 10 league contests with 18 goals for and nine against. The Gunners have 13 victories at home along with three draws and two defeats while scoring with 36 times and conceding 15. As far as injuries go, manager Arsene Wenger is without midfielders Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain while forward Lucas Perez is questionable.
Everton – A Closer Look:
Everton qualifies for next season’s Europa League in a roundabout way since Manchester United won the English League Cup and Arsenal or Chelsea will win the FA Cup and both teams will finish in the top six. Everton had a shot at a top-four finish this year, but their away record let them down. They enter the weekend guaranteed of a seventh-place finish with 61 points from 17 wins, 10 draws and 10 losses with 61 goals for and 41 against. They have four wins away from home with six draws and eight losses and are winless in the last seven road outings.
Everton has scored 19 goals on their travels and conceded 25. Over the past 10 league contests, the Merseyside club has posted five wins, two draws and three defeats while scoring 17 times and allowing 11 goals against. Manager Ronald Koeman, who took over the club this season, has a few injury concerns as midfielders Aaron Lennon and Yannick Bolasie will miss the game along with defenders Ramiro Funes Mori and Seamus Coleman. In addition, midfielder James McCarthy is questionable.
Arsenal vs Everton – Takeaway:
- Arsenal has to at least draw and hope Liverpool loses to finish in a fourth-place tie. However, they could also finish third if Man City and Liverpool lose and the goal difference swings Arsenal’s way. If two teams finish tied for fourth place there will be a one-game playoff for fourth and the Champions League entry that comes with it. This game is also a race for the Golden Boot award as it features the Premier League’s top two scorers. Everton’s Romelu Lukaku leads the way with 24 goals and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez has 23.
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