Having lost 1-0 to Everton just over three weeks ago, we quickly got the chance to get revenge on the Toffees when they headed to the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night.
Their trips to the N5 have historically proved fruitless, with one win in their last 26 visits, however more importantly their away form this season isn’t much better, having tasted success just once in their last 13 away games. from home and scoring one goal in the last seven.
Sean Dyche has urged his team to rectify this as soon as possible as they try to get out of trouble, but as this is our game short against Manchester City, we expect the away blues for Merseyside’s blue half to remain a little more.
Dyche digging to avoid losses
Having managed to avoid relegation last season following the January appointment of Frank Lampard, Everton will be hoping the lightning strikes again this season as they once again find themselves in a fight to beat the drop.
Lampard was sacked with just under a year in charge after a run of one win in 12 league games. Dyche was quickly appointed as his successor, who got off to a winning start thanks to a James Tarkowski header.
They have since lost the Merseyside derby 2-0 but rallied to beat Leeds United thanks to a Seamus Coleman goal. However, on Saturday they fell to a 2-0 home defeat by Aston Villa, leaving them 18th in the table, one point off safety.
What Managers Say
Arteta: “With Sean, it’s pretty clear what he’s done and where the success they’ve had comes from. Tomorrow we will prepare the game in a suitable and similar way (to the away game). But with every manager, it’s the same.
“We have to look at certain matches, what they do and try to get the right tactics to beat them – and also the same mindset and expectation of what we demand in the game.” – read every word of Mikel’s pre-match press conference.
dye: “From the outside, with the stats and facts and that you are going to Arsenal, who are currently having a great season, most people on the outside would suggest that we are unlikely to get a result, but that could bring a bit of difficulty More freedom for the group.
“That might mean you don’t think we’re going to do anything – but that doesn’t mean we won’t. It means we’re certainly going to go there with our eyes on the prize and delivering a performance that might accomplish something.”
Despite returning against Leicester City on Saturday, Thomas Partey may just be fit for the bench again, which leaves Gabriel Jesus and Mohamed Elneny our only other absentees.
Emile Smith Rowe and Jakub Kiwior played in our under-21 game against Chelsea on Monday to create some game sharpness.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has missed all three games since our last meeting with a hamstring injury and will be out of this one as well.
James Garner is closing in on a first-team return after suffering back problems but is not quite ready, while Nathan Patterson is still recovering from a knee problem. Andros Townsend was out for the entire season with an ACL injury, but was earmarked for a return in March.
Michael Cox, writing in the official program of the journey: Dyche’s approach has largely been what we’d expect, featuring good defensive organization, long periods on the ball and a considerable threat from set-pieces. Although regularly a 4-4-2 at Burnley, Everton’s lack of center forward options means they are using a 4-5-1.
Having scored the winner against us, Tarkowski has arguably been Everton’s biggest goal threat under Dyche, always at the far post. He is paired with Conor Coady in the middle of defence, who has adjusted well after playing in the back three for Wolves. They are flanked by captain Coleman and Vitaliy Mykolenko, who are capable of advancing with good results.
Idrissa Gueye stays back to protect the defenders, while the other two midfielders, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Amadou Onana, have more license to go forward, with and without the ball. They tend to press high without possession, and Everton’s defensive line has been more aggressive than you might expect under Dyche.
The big question mark is in the attack after Calvert-Lewin’s latest injury. Everton are unlikely to score many goals under Dyche, but with their defense looking solid, one goal is often enough.
facts and statistics
We have won 99 of our 203 league games against Everton and could become the first team in English league history to record 100 wins against a specific opposition.
The Toffees have won four of their last five league games against us. That’s as many wins as the previous 28 (E8 D16).
Everton have never won a Premier League away game against the team that started the day at the top of the table, drawing five and losing 19 of those games.
Victory here would be the fastest we have reached 60 points in a single league campaign, also after 25 games in 2003/04 and 2007/08.
Having lost his first nine Premier League games against us, Sean Dyche has lost just one of his last six (W2 D3). However, his teams never scored more than once in those 15 encounters, scoring seven goals in total.
Gabriel Martinelli has scored in his last two Premier League appearances – he never scored in three in a row the same season before. He scored nine league goals this season and could become the third Brazilian to reach double figures in a single campaign aged 21 or under, after Gabriel Jesus (2017/18) and Richarlison (2018/19).
Michael Oliver makes his first appearance at the Emirates Stadium since Boxing Day when we beat West Ham United, having also overseen our wins against Liverpool and Chelsea this season. Of the 50 matches he refereed, we won 23.
In his 28 appearances in all competitions this season, he has sent off just two players and scored nine penalties – two of which were in matches involving ourselves.
- Referee: Michael Oliver
- Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt
- Assistant Referee 2: Simon Bennett
- Fourth official: David Coote
- VAR: Tony Harrington
- VAR assistant: James Mainwaring
Everton’s recent visits
The Toffees have not enjoyed their trips to Emirates Stadium and Highbury over the last three decades, having won just one of their last 26 trips to our patch, with that win coming in April 2021 when an own goal by Bernt Leno settled the game.
Last season we claimed a 5-1 victory on the last day of the campaign, with Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah, Cedric Soares, Gabriel and Martin Odegaard scoring a convincing victory – one of 11 occasions we have scored more than four goals against Everton in the Premier League.
We won 3-2 in February 2020 when Nketiah scored again before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brace secured victory – which at that point was our sixth successive league win at home to Everton.
Watch some memorable encounters, including a 7-0 thrashing, four goals from Ian Wright and a derby that clinched the championship.
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