Premier League – Everton v Arsenal Betting Preview & Tips

The highlight of this weekend’s Premier League action takes place at Goodison Park on Sunday, as Everton host FA Cup holders Arsenal.  It was this fixture last season that put Everton in the driver’s seat with regard to qualify for Champions League football as they beat the Gunners by three goals to nil, but Roberto Martinez’ men were unable to continue that excellent form throughout the remainder of the campaign and they ultimately finished in fifth position, a full six points behind Arsenal.

Everton v Arsenal Betting Preview

I’d expect an improved display from Arsene Wenger’s side this time around as the Arsenal squad has improved significantly throughout the summer.  I think it may well have been Everton’s lack of strength in depth which cost them those few crucial points but Roberto Martinez’ first season at the helm must be considered a great success.

Everton v Arsenal Outright Betting Market Odds

Arsenal 6/4 (Various Bookies)

Everton 9/5 (Various Bookies)

Draw 5/2 (BetVictor)

The bookies have priced Arsenal up as favourites for this encounter, with the North London side on offer at 6/4 generally. 9/5 about Everton is also generally available, while the draw is a best price of 5/2 at Bet Victor.

Having signed loanees Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku on a permanent basis, Everton look in great shape coming into the 2014/15 Premier League season.  A club record fee of £28m was paid for former Chelsea striker Lukaku’s services and it’s a move which really signals that Everton are now a serious force in the Premier League.  Winger Christian Atsu has also joined the club on a season long loan from Chelsea, while Muhamed Besic and Brendan Galloway have arrived on permanent deals.

 

Everton v Arsenal First Goalscorer Market

I’m very impressed with the Everton manager’s work in the transfer market and his side could very well upset some of the big boys once again over the coming nine months.  Punters looking to back Romelu Lukaku to net the first goal in Sunday’s match can back the Belgian hit-man at a best price of 5/1 with William Hill.   Looking at the other end of the market, veteran defender Sylvain Distin is available at 66/1 to cause a bit of a shock.

Romelu Lukaku Everton v Arsenal

This is a seriously important season as far as the future of manager Arsene Wenger is concerned, as the Gunners haven’t been able to sustain a title challenge under the Frenchman for a number of years now. He has been heavily supported in the transfer market over the past few seasons and there can be no excuses this time around with the Gunner’s now possessing one of the very best squads in the division. The Arsenal midfield is second to none and with both Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshire back to full fitness, it’s hard to see this team not being firmly involved in the race for the Premier League title.

The arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona is a seriously exciting development not just for Arsenal fans, but for anyone planning to watch their matches this season. He did not hit the ground running against Crystal Palace but make no mistake, Sanchez is one of the very best players in the world.  Oliver Giroud is the bookies favourite among the Arsenal players in the first goalscorer market, with the French striker a best price of 13/2 at Bet Victor.  Alexis Sanchez is a 15/2 chance with the same firm, while at bigger odds, new signing Mathieu Debuchy is a 40/1 shot at Ladbrokes to net the first goal of the game.

Alexis Sanchez Arsenal

Everton v Arsenal Both Teams To Score Market

Both team to score is always a popular wager with Premier League punters and it’s Ladbrokes who offer the best price about that outcome, with the magic sign going 2/3 for both Everton and Arsenal to score in the ninety minutes.  13/10 is the best price you’ll find online for that not to happen, those odds on offer with Bet Victor.

 

Everton vs Arsenal Recommended Bets

I fully expect Everton to be a force once again this season, particularly when playing in front of their home fans.  That being said, I’ll be shocked if the Gunners aren’t a lot closer to winning the Premier League this time around and this is the kind of game where they can’t just roll over. The draw is the value play for me and I’ll be taking the 5/2 as well has having a small bet on Aaron Ramsey to get the first goal at 8/1 with William Hill.

Back The Draw at 5/2 with Bet Victor

Back Aaron Ramsey to score first at 8/1 with William Hill