Arsenal will play against top-four chasing Everton on Friday evening as the team will resume their Premier League campaign, days after declaring their decision to withdraw from the planned European Super League. Three points behind eighth-placed Everton the Gunners are actually ninth in the table. After a poor run of form, Everton still has hopes of finishing in the Champions League spots this season. Everything a football follower should know about Arsenal prediction and lineup against Everton.
Arsenal starting lineup: Ryan; Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Xhaka; Thomas, Ceballos; Pepe, Smith Rowe, Saka; Martinelli
Alexander Lacazette is expected to miss the game due to a hamstring injury, while Aubameyang has recovered from malaria, Mikel Arteta has confirmed that he will not be able to play on Friday.
Eddie Nketiah would expect to get a rare start for Arsenal, who are short of attacking options. He came off the bench to score a late equalizer against Fulham last time out.
On Friday night, Arsenal’s front four may be Gabriel Martinelli (19), Emile Smith Rowe (20), Bukayo Saka (19), and Nketiah (21). If Mikel Arteta wants more experience, Willian or Nicolas Pepe will start on the right-wing.
Calum Chambers and Hector Bellerin are vying for the right-back spot for the hosts.
Everton starting lineup: Pickford; Keane, Godfrey, Holgate; Coleman, Davies, Allan, Digne; Rodriguez; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Bernard, Andre Gomes, Yerry Mina, and Fabian Delph would be available against Arsenal after they have all practiced ahead of Friday’s game.
After Seamus Coleman’s introduction against Tottenham, Everton reverted to a back three and they seemed more potent going forward, so that might be the way they start here.
Arsenal has dropped their last four games at the Emirates Stadium (D2, L2). Last weekend, Everton should have beaten Tottenham but were undone by bad defensive errors and they haven’t won in six games and have lost their last three.
Since 1996, Everton hasn’t beaten Arsenal on the road, but they should be confident of a point in London.
This season, Everton has had a strong away record, winning nine of their 15 Premier League games on the road. On the other hand, Arsenal has struggled to maintain continuity at the Emirates Stadium, and we believe Ancelotti’s side will pick up a crucial three points on Friday with a narrow victory.
Our Prediction: Arsenal 1 – 2 Everton
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