Everton vs Arsenal
Goodison Park forms the backdrop for a lopsided Premier League encounter between Everton and Arsenal.
It’s been only four rounds into the new Premier League campaign, but Everton boss Sean Dyche is already a frontrunner to become the first manager in Englnad’s elite division to be relieved of his duties. Jordan Pickford’s stunning double save in the final second of a dramatic 2-2 draw at Sheffield United last time out salvaged a precious point for the ‘Toffees,’ helping them get something on the board after losing their opening three league matches ‘to nil.’ Though it sounds bizarre, Arsenal’s visit to Merseyside could help Everton turn the corner, with the perennial strugglers going unbeaten in their last five top-flight H2Hs on home soil (W3, D2). More importantly, three of those five meetings saw Everton keep a clean sheet, including a 1-0 win on Dyche’s touchline debut in January.
On the other hand, Arsenal went into the international break in high spirits after beating fierce rivals Manchester United 3-1 at home in the most dramatic circumstances. They thought they had lost the game when Alejandro Garnacho broke the deadlock on the stroke of the 90th minute before VAR disallowed it for offside and let the ‘Gunners’ net twice in stoppage time to maintain an almost-perfect Premier League start (W3, D1). Mikel Arteta’s team finished last season as the best traveling side in England’s top flight with 39 points, with a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on their only league travel this term showing their tendency to pick up points on the road will likely continue this year. But with their last win at Goodison dating back to 2017, they cannot take anything for granted.