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

Arteta battling

 

PROBABLE LINEUPS

 

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.

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

Tevez celebrating

PROBABLE LINEUPS

 

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.

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.