Everton Gunning For Another Big Scalp

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Power-packed forward Romelo Lukaku can give Arsenal's backline problems. Image courtesy of dailymail.co.uk/AP
Everton snapped a long drought at Old Trafford midweek with a 1-0 win over Manchester United, but they may have an ever tougher time of it on Monday morning (AEST), taking on an Arsenal side flying at the top of the table. The Gunners have won eight and drawn four in the league against Everton in the teams’ last 12 matches, so it will need a big reversal of fortunes for the Toffees to take the points, especially given the home side has won its last six at Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal took care of business of Hull City 2-0 a few days back, which was no surprise, but the big shock was Nicklas Bendtner scoring his first goal for the club since March 2011. It was Arsene Wenger’s team’s sixth win in its last eight starts and the clean sheet was their fifth in six appearances. The result against Hull was the Gunners’ third straight 2-0 win at the Emirates.

Arsenal sits on top of the table but Everton has lost one less match this season. Roberto Martinez’s side is on a seven-game unbeaten run and the win over United came on the back of a 4-0 hammering of Stoke City. Like their opponents this weekend, Everton has been very solid at the back keeping a clean sheet in five of its last seven games.

The history between these teams shows goals are at a premium, with just four coming in the past four clashes. Not surprisingly, the corresponding clash last season ended in a 0-0 draw. Only once in the last 21 league meetings between these outfits has Everton scored more than one goal. Arsenal is averaging two per game at home and the Gunners have conceded just five times in seven games in front of their north London faithful. 

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