Everton vs Arsenal Premier League preview

Everton vs Arsenal Preview: Another Close Encounter?

Everton vs Arsenal is an intriguing little contest. While the former have little of any real significance to play for, they come into the match on the back of winning two league games in a row for just the second time this season. As they dispensed with Chelsea and West Ham in those matches, could the Toffees make it a London treble here?

For Arsenal, a top four finish looks a distinct possibility; indeed, the bookies have them behind Tottenham but ahead of Chelsea and Manchester United. Since their last league defeat, the Gunners have won five and drawn one. They’ve also completed all 10 of their games against other teams in the top six.

Things are looking rosy, though five of their last seven games are away from home. Arsenal’s April also includes trips to Leicester, Watford and Wolves, so a win here would be most welcome for Unai Emery. He may need to rotate later in the month thanks to European commitments. Read More

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Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview: Winning Badly

The last couple of weeks have been quite emotional for Spurs fans. Squeezing through the Champions League group stage via an impressive 1-1 draw at Camp Nou. A last minute 1-0 victory against a time-wasting Burnley (Twelve measured the ball to be in play for only 61 minutes). Mauricio Pochettino being very strongly linked with the newly vacated Man United job. And finally, north London derby-redemption in the League Cup.

That last twist in the rollercoaster was fairly indicative of the season gone. Pochettino’s model of play is based primarily upon a control of the midfield that has, for personnel reasons, been largely missing this season – something that we’ve talked about at length at Twelve. Yet Tottenham have, for the most part, found their way to results despite this lack of control. With Spurs enjoying only 45.6% share of possession at the Emirates, Wednesday’s game was no exception.

Sunday’s kick-off against Everton will present similar obstacles. The Toffees, under Marco Silva, are – forgive us Everton fans – not entirely different to their Merseyside neighbours in that they look to create their attacks via the way they behave out of possession. Read More

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Liverpool vs Everton Preview: A Different Cup of Tea or a Boiling Kettle?

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp issued a warning ahead of the 232nd Merseyside derby by branding Everton “a different cup of tea” this season. It’s a statement that could easily become a boiling kettle for the Reds after an utterly disappointing Champions League midweek.

March On!

The Reds succumbed to a third consecutive away defeat in Champions League Group C with Paris Saint-Germain putting on a stylish – and some would say over-theatrical (but hush, it wasn’t me) – display to put Liverpool in a tight spot.

James Milner’s goal produced a slight scent of hope but the inability to overturn the deficit completely was stifling. And so were the Twelve numbers which show that Liverpool’s key men were nowhere near to being their usual selves against the Parisians. Read More

Chelsea vs Everton

Chelsea vs Everton Preview: Morata is still far from a title-winning striker

This was only ever meant to be a season of transition for Chelsea as the club recovered from the turmoil of last season, and allowed their new manager Maurizio Sarri the time to settle in to English football.

But after eleven games Chelsea find themselves believing they might actually stage a genuine title challenge, as they sit in second place just two points behind Manchester City at the top of the table.

Chelsea have been a revelation under Sarri, playing attractive attacking football to win eight games and draw the other three to remain one of only three teams yet to lose in the league alongside Liverpool and City.

But while their title rivals can each boast a reliable supply of goals – City have Sergio Aguero, and Liverpool have Mo Salah – Chelsea have to make do with the more modest talents of Alvaro Morata leading their forward line. Read More

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Manchester United vs Everton: Is it time for Mourinho to drop Lukaku?

It was a year ago that the Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho declared that his striker and new signing Romelu Lukaku was “untouchable”.

But after a succession of underwhelming performances from the Belgian this season Mourinho might be forced to change his opinion, and even drop him for the visit of Everton this Sunday.

Lukaku has too often been wasteful and lethargic, and has now not scored in his last eight games in all competitions.

On Tuesday night in United’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in the Champions League he was particularly anonymous, touching the ball only 32 times, the least of any outfield player, while also having the worse pass completion rate of any starting player. Read More

Arsenal vs Everton Premier League Preview

Arsenal vs Everton Preview: Will the Gunners keep an elusive clean sheet?

There was something eerily familiar in the final minutes of what should have been a routine victory over Vorskla. The almost unanimous switching off that causes nervy ends to games and the feeling of gratitude at the two short blasts of the referee’s whistle signaling full time. Unai Emery confirmed the worrying inability for Arsenal to shut out games for the whole 90.

“We need to improve in this. The last minute in Newcastle, the last 20 minutes here. Our challenge is to be competitive for 90 minutes in each match.”

Though the goal against Newcastle came in added time, there was a bit of inevitability to it as Newcastle fashioned chances towards the close of the game. Similarly, the goals against Vorksla were sure to come as the Ukrainian side grew into the game with the Gunners conceding possession and losing sharpness. Arsenal have not yet kept a clean sheet this season.

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