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Arsenal vs Everton EPL Preview: In-form sides gear up for crucial top four race clash

Arteta battling

 

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ARSENAL

Szczesny
Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs
Ramsey, Arteta, Wilshere
Walcott, Giroud, Cazorla

EVERTON


Howard
Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Mirallas, Gibson, Osman, Pienaar
Fellaini
Jelavic

Out-of-favour goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny looks set to return to the Arsenal starting XI, with Arsene Wenger admitting Lukasz Fabianski is a “major doubt” after taking a kick to the ribs against Norwich.

Per Mertesacker could return from suspension to the starting line-up in place of Thomas Vermaelen, who along with Nacho Monreal will challenge left-back Kieran Gibbs for the team.

Theo Walcott’s return from injury could see the forward start on the right flank in place of Gervinho, while manager Arsene Wenger faces a choice between keeping Aaron Ramsey in midfield and naming Santi Cazorla on the left flank, or moving the playmaker infield and adding Lukas Podolski on the left.

Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) is doubtful and could miss out along with long-term casualty Abou Diaby (knee).

Everton have no new injury concerns and could name the side that beat QPR on Saturday, with Seamus Coleman set to continue at right-back while Tony Hibbert lacks fitness after a long-term injury.

Striker Victor Anichebe has started the Toffees’ last four league matches and could again lead the line ahead of the recently returned Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar, but Nikica Jelavic is another option.

  • Arsenal have reached the Champions League last 16 in each of the last 12 seasons and are currently third, a point ahead of rivals Tottenham and Chelsea, who have a game in hand.
  • The Gunners have won eight of their last ten games and are second only to runaway leaders Manchester United in the form table.
  • Since Christmas, Arsenal have scored in every game bar the 2-0 loss to Manchester City. When Arsene Wenger’s side have scored first in the league this season, they have never lost a game.
  • Each of Olivier Giroud’s last ten Premier League goals this season have been scored at the Emirates Stadium.
  • Everton have not finished in the top four since 2005 and are currently in sixth place, three points from Chelsea and Tottenham and four from the Gunners as they seek to qualify for the Champions League.
  • The attacking contribution of the returning Marouane Fellaini has been vital for David Moyes’ men this campaign. The Belgium midfielder’s goals and assists have won the Merseysiders 12 points in the league.
  • The Toffees have scored the joint-highest amount of headed goals (13) in this year’s Premier League. The other side are league leaders Manchester United.
  • Everton have failed to beat Arsenal in the sides’ 11 most recent encounters, but went close earlier this season in the 1-1 draw between the two at Goodison Park in November.

Tottenham vs Everton EPL Preview: Champions League-chasing pair after vital victory

Scott Parker

 

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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Lloris
Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto
Sigurdsson, Parker, Livermore, Dembele
Holtby
  
Adebayor
EVERTON

Howard
 Heitinga, Jagielka, Distin
Coleman, Gibson, Mirallas, Osman, Baines
Anichebe, Jelavic

Andre Villas-Boas will be without key man Gareth Bale, who sustained an ankle injury during the club’s Europa League draw with Basel and is expected to miss the next two games at a minimum.

The Spurs manager is likely to also contend with the absences of Aaron Lennon (knee) and William Gallas (calf) who also suffered injuries during Thursday’s clash at White Hart Lane.

England international Jermain Defoe is still two weeks away from returning from a groin injury, whilst Younes Kaboul (knee) has only returned returned to first-team training following a seven-month absence and Sandro (knee) is ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Everton manager David Moyes will again prepare his team without right-back Tony Hibbert who misses out with a calf injury, whilst Kevin Mirallas is hoping to shake off a groin problem.

Midfield pairing Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar are set to complete two-match bans and will return for the home tie with QPR the following week.

  • Tottenham have lost more Premier League matches in the month of April than any other team – 35 in total.
  • Andre Villas-Boas  is two wins games away from his 100th career victory in management.
  • Along with Swansea City, Tottenham are the only side in the league not to score a goal from a penalty kick.
  • Spurs have scored at least two goals in five of their last six Premier League games.
  • Everton are currently on a run which has seen them win three consecutive league games for the first time since January 2010.
  • David Moyes’ side have been leading at half-time in each of their last three wins, but are looking to claim victory at White Hart Lane for the first time since 2008.
  • If the Toffees claim victory on Sunday, it will be their 600th away win in league football.

Everton vs Manchester City EPL Preview: Toffees hope to continue fine home record against champions

Tevez celebrating

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EVERTON
Everton
Mucha
Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines

Coleman, Osman, Fellaini, Pienaar
Mirallas, Jelavic

MANCHESTER CITY
Manchester City
Hart
Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy

Garcia, Barry
Milner, Y Toure, Silva
Tevez

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard (back) is still unavailable, with Jan Mucha expected to continue to deputise.

Phil Jagielka (ankle) is David Moyes’ only other concern as he nears fitness and may make the substitutes’ bench for this game. Tony Hibbert remains the Toffees’ only long-term injury absentee after undergoing a calf operation.

For Manchester City, Sergio Aguero (knee) and Vincent Kompany (calf) have had recent injury problems but are in with a chance of featuring.

Both Micah Richards (knee) and Jack Rodwell (hamstring) remain sidelined, but may make a return before the end of the month. However, beyond these concerns, manager Roberto Mancini has no new worries ahead of this game.

  • Everton have won just two of their last seven games in all competitions, including their 3-0 FA Cup quarter-final loss to Wigan last time out.
  • Toffees defender Sylvain Distin spent six years with the weekend opponents, being named club captain in the 2003-04 season. 
  • The Toffees have won their last three games at home to Roberto Mancini’s side.
  • Manchester City have won their last four games in all competitions, including twice in the FA Cup, since their embarrassing defeat away to Southampton in early February.
  • Joleon Lescott spent four years at Goodison Park but left for £24 million in 2009 to join the current Premier League champions.
  • In their last four games, despite missing defensive lnchpin Vincent Kompany through injury, City have not conceded a single goal.
  • The side’s previous meeting this term ended in a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium after Marouane Fellaini’s goal was cancelled out by a Carlos Tevez penalty.

Manchester United vs Everton EPL Preview: Toffees winless at Old Trafford since 1992

Felliani battling for a header

 

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MANCHESTER UNITED


De Gea
Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra
Valencia, Cleverley, Giggs, Nani
Rooney
Van Persie
EVERTON

Howard
Jagielka, Heitinga, Distin, Baines
Mirallas, Gibson, Osman, Pienaar
Fellaini, Anichebe

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to make one change from his side’s 1-0 win at Fulham, drafting in Ryan Giggs for Michael Carrick (hip), who sat out England’s 2-1 win over Brazil in midweek.

Ashley Young could return to the Red Devils squad after recovering from a knee injury, but is likely to start on the bench, whilst Phil Jones (illness) is ruled out alongside long-term absentee Darren Fletcher (illness).

Phil Jagielka failed to start England’s friendly on Wednesday due to a slight knock, but is set to start at right-back for Everton, with David Moyes shorn of full-backs Tony Hibbert (calf) and Seamus Coleman (hip).

The Everton boss has no other fresh injury concerns to contend with, and so is likely to name the same XI that came from behind to draw 3-3 with Aston Villa last weekend.

  • Manchester United have won 11 out of 12 league games at home this season.
  • The Red Devils’ tally of 62 points after 25 games is their highest-ever points haul at this stage in a Premier League season.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have scored 32 league goals at home so far this season; only Arsenal (33) have registered more.
  • Everton have a poor record at Old Trafford, having not won there since August 1992.
  • However, the Toffees have only lost twice in their last six games against Manchester United.
  • Steven Pienaar (pictured right) bagged a late equaliser in this fixture last season as the sides drew 4-4, equalling the highest-ever score in this fixture.
  • The Toffees boast a better defensive record than their hosts, having conceding 30 goals to United’s 31.

Everton vs Chelsea Preview

Juan Mata smiling

 

 

 

Darron Gibson is available for selection for Everton having had the red card he received against West Ham rescinded but Marouane Fellaini remains suspended.

Johnny Heitinga came off the bench in the Boxing Day clash with Wigan but may not return to the starting line-up, while Seamus Coleman is battling to be fit with a hamstring problem and Tony Hibbert (calf) and Kevin Mirallas (hamstring) are still out.

Chelsea, meanwhile, could make a couple of changes from the team which started the 1-0 win over Norwich. Eden Hazard dropped to the bench for the game but should start against the Toffees, with Oscar most likely to miss out as a result.

Ramires may come in for John Obi Mikel, with Frank Lampard another option, but Rafa Benitez will probably leave the back five unchanged, meaning David Luiz should continue in a holding midfield role.

Ryan Bertrand (groin), John Terry and Oriol Romeu (both knee) are all out.

  • Everton have netted in their last 16 league matches, the longest run of all top-flight teams this season.
  • However, Moyes’ side also hold the record for the most consecutive games without a clean sheet, conceding in their last 14 league fixtures.
  • The Toffees have only ever beaten their current total of 33 Premier League points after 19 games once – the 2004-05 season.
  • Along with Manchester City, the Merseyside team have lost the least amount of games (2) this term.
  • And, along with Stoke, they are the only side to remain unbeaten at home this term.
  • Chelsea have had 44 shots in their last two league matches.
  • The west Londoners have scored 13 goals in the last three league games.
  • Juan Mata [pictured right] has finished or assisted 14 goals from 16 league appearances this campaign.
  • Blues interim boss Rafa Benitez has not lost in the last six times he has come across the Toffees, winning five and drawing one.
  • Chelsea have only beaten Everton once in their last eight league meetings, drawing four and losing three.

Everton vs Tottenham Preview

Gareth Bale

 

David Moyes has no fresh injury worries to contend with and could name the same side which earned a highly credible draw at Manchester City last Saturday.

Phil Neville (knee) is a long-term casualty for the Toffees, whilst Belgium attacker Kevin Mirallas (hamstring) has been out for a month, and is still not fit enough to return. Victor Anichebe (hamstring) also looks sets to remain on the sidelines.

Andre Villas-Boas will be without key man Gareth Bale for the match at Goodison Park after the Welshman limped out of their 3-0 win over Fulham last time out.

Bale (hamstring) is joined on the treatment table by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee) and Scott Parker (achilles), however the pair are close to a return to first-team action.

Younes Kaboul (knee) is not expected back before the new year, although fellow defender Michael Dawson (hamstring) could travel for Saturday’s clash.

  • Everton sit three points behind Tottenham going into the match at Goodison Park, but the Toffees should be confident of avoiding defeat – they have not lost to Spurs at home since 2007.
  • There has been much talk of Everton making an uncharacteristically good start to the season, but that form may have worn off in recent times with David Moyes’ men winning just one of their last nine games – seven of which were draws.
  • Everton’s barren run of wins looks to have coincided with a dip in form for marksman Nikica Jelavic (pictured, right). The Croatia international has just five goals this season, all of which have come against clubs in the bottom six of the Premier League.
  • Fans of Tottenham may as well leave if their team are trailing going into the final 10 minutes of the game. They are yet to score past the 80th minute mark in a Premier League game this season.
  • Those same fans should not leave any earlier, though. Away from home Spurs have been very active in the window between the 70th and 80th minute – they have scored 43% of there total away Premier League goals in this period.
  • Tottenham have bounced back well from their humiliating 5-2 defeat at the hands of their bitter north London rivals Arsenal in mid-November. They have won their last three games in the Premier League to rise up to fourth place – some five points ahead of the Gunners – and are now level on points with Chelsea.

Manchester City vs Everton Preview

mancini and david moyes

 

Gael Clichy (foot) will sit out the visit of Everton and joins Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and Micah Richards (knee) on the treatment table, while James Milner (hamstring), who scored in the 2-0 win over Wigan, is a doubt.

Mario Balotelli, the other goalscorer on Wednesday, will most likely make way for top goalscorer Edin Dzeko, while Joleon Lescott will be hoping to be handed a start against his former side.

Everton’s injury woes continue to mount, with Leighton Baines (hamstring) and Nikica Jelavic (illness) both doubts for the tie despite coming through the 1-1 draw with Arsenal, but the latter is expected to be passed fit.

Elsewhere, Seamus Coleman (knock), Kevin Mirallas (hamstring) and Victor Anchebe (knock) all face late fitness tests ahead of the trip to the Etihad Stadium, with David Moyes hopeful on all three. Phil Neville (knee) is not expected back until the New Year after undergoing surgery.

  • Manchester City are the first team in Premier League history to avoid defeat in their opening 14 games for two seasons on the trot.
  • The hosts have won 29 of their last 31 home matches in the Premier League.
  • City have scored more goals from outside the box than any other team in England’s top flight this season.
  • The hosts have scored at least two goals in 23 of their last 27 home league games.
  • Everton have hit the woodwork more often than any other team in the top flight this season.
  • The away side have won five of their last six games against City.
  • The Toffees have had more shots on target than any other team in the Premier League.
  • Marouane Fellaini has been involved in eight goals (five goals, three assists) in his last eight Premier League appearances.
  • The last time City tasted defeat at home in the Premier League was against Everton in December 2010.