Everton v Arsenal Betting Odds and Preview – 21.03.12

Gunners eye up third place in the EPL

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)

Everton v Arsenal betting has huge significance at the top of the table on Wednesday night, and so it will be well worth heading to popular online bookmaker Bet365 for some coverage The race for third and fourth place in the Premier League, and that final Champions League spot (4th) is heating up as we enter the final stretch of the season, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs looking like the threesome who are going to find it out for those two spots. Arsenal, with their upswing in form have closed the gap on third placed Spurs, while they have seen Chelsea behind them get back into contention. It is a big battle of London for the Premier League places, and now the Gunners face a tough trip to Goodison Park. If the match ends in a 0-0 , then highly rated bookmaker Bet365 will pay out lost stake refunds on any losing Correct Score, Half Time/Full Time or Scorecast bets on the match. This provides some great coverage for your Everton v Arsenal betting, especially as you know that the disciplined Everton will try and frustrate the Gunners for as long as possible.

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Everton v Arsenal Betting Odds
Everton to win: 7/5 at Bet Victor
Draw: 12/5 at SkyBet
Arsenal to win: 7/5 at Bet365

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Can Everton rediscover their top form? The Toffees had gone seven matches unbeaten in the Premier League until they ran into Liverpool recently, and suffered a 3-0 loss at Anfield. That was uncharacteristically slack of Everton to concede that may, because they really don’t give that much away. Neither do they score too many either and that is the basis of Everton’s season. Keep everything tight and find a match winner from somewhere They have been doing that, and doing that well, and have racked an extremely good home sequence of form. They have won their last three league matches at Goodison Park, beating Manchester City, Chelsea and then Tottenham, so they are in great shape. Their downfall in this match could be fitness, as they were embroiled in a tough FA Cup tie against Sunderland on the weekend, which ended in a draw, whereas Arsenal got a weekend off. While Everton are likely to finish a comfortable mid-table position, they could have one eye more on the possibility of an FA Cup semi final at this point.

But boss David Moyes will be looking for three points, and, as is Everton’s wont, if it comes, it will probably be by a tight one goal margin (7/2 at Bet365). Only once in the last fourteen league games have Everton scored more than one goal in a match, so is Arsenal just get one in the back of the net, the Toffees could be struggling. But the Everton defence has been good at home, because they haven’t conceded in their last three home games, and on average conceding under one goal per game at home. They have only conceded thirteen home goals this season, but they have only scored fifteen, and that is the measure of Everton.

The Gunners have a lot more to play for than their hosts in Everton v Arsenal betting. Arsenal go into this game in fourth place, but they can leapfrog North London rivals Spurs with a win on Wednesday night. The Gunners looked out of the race for a third place finish, but Tottenham’s slump and the Gunner’s impressive run of five straight wins have closed the gap to one point. There is also more at stake behind them as well, because Chelsea are just three points back from them. But the Gunners are in great form at the moment, and although they have rode their luck recently, scoring last minute winners in their last two outings, they have also played some strong football. They look good, dangerous and fluent going forward, spearheaded by Robin van Persie of course (3/1 First Goalscorer at SkyBet).

The Gunners though are conceding goals, and they have had to come from behind in their last four matches to take three points. So they do give up goals, at a not so good rate of 1.93 per away match this season, but they could get away with it, with Everton being so shy on the scoring front. If it comes down to simply fire-power, Arsenal should win this, as they are scoring on average 1.86 goals per away game. But Everton, as proven so often, time and time again can shut up shop and sneak winners. The Gunners did earn themselves a 1-0 win over the Toffees earlier in the season, and Everton have only won one of their last six home matches against Arsenal. So Arsenal are favourites to keep their strong momentum going, but it will not be an easy match, and 1 Goal Winning Margin for the Gunners is priced at 3/1 with Bet365.