Arsenal return to the vaunted Goodison Park on Sunday, as they attempt to win their first game away at Everton since 2017.
Goodison has not been a happy hunting ground for the Gunners since Arsene Wenger’s exit, with Sean Dyche masterminding a 1-0 victory over Mikel Arteta’s side on his managerial debut with the Toffees earlier this year.
Everton, though, have been a pretty poor outfit for several years now and many are tipping Dyche’s side to once again be battling against the drop this season. While they’ve been somewhat unfortunate in both of their home games thus far, the Toffees have claimed just one point from four games.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are yet to fully click into gear but have nonetheless claimed ten points from a possible 12. Their victory over Man Utd which sent the Emirates into a frenzy will hopefully ignite the Gunners ahead of another potential title charge.
Everton vs Arsenal preview: Prediction, team news & lineups
Here’s our preview of Arsenal’s trip to Everton on Super Sunday.
How to watch Everton vs Arsenal on TV
When is kick-off? Sunday 17 September
What time is kick-off? 16:30 (BST)
Where is it played? Goodison Park
TV channel/live stream? SKY GO Extra, Sky Ultra HD, Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event (UK) / SiriusXM FC, USA Network, NBC Sports App, Telemundo, nbcsports.com, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo (US) / fuboTV (Canada)
Referee? Simon Hooper
Everton team news
Summer arrivals Beto and Arnaut Danjuma have both made a difference for the Toffees, and the pair should start on Sunday. However, it’s likely that Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who was excellent in this fixture last season, misses out.
Jack Harrison, Seamus Coleman, and Dele Alli are continuing to nurse injuries and will not feature against the Gunners.
Dyche could welcome Dwight McNeil into the starting XI for his crossing threat from a wide left position.
Arsenal team news
Arsenal escaped the international break unscathed on the injury front, although there are some murmurs that an Achilles injury is bothering Bukayo Saka. However, nothing has yet been reported regarding a potential absence.
The visitors are still without Thomas Partey, who’s set to be out until mid-October with a thigh problem. Jurrien Timber is a long-term absentee.
Gabriel Jesus is vying for his first start of the season, with Kai Havertz potentially dropping to the bench in favour of Fabio Vieira.
Everton vs Arsenal predicted lineups
Everton: Pickford; Patterson, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Young; Danjuma, Gueye, Onana, McNeil; Doucoure; Beto.
Arsenal: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Rice, Odegaard, Fabio Vieira; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.
Everton’s recent form
Sheffield Utd 2-2 Everton (02/09) – Premier League
Doncaster 1-2 Everton (30/08) – Carabao Cup
Everton 0-1 Wolves (26/08) – Premier League
Aston Villa 4-0 Everton (20/08) – Premier League
Everton 0-1 Fulham (12/08) – Premier League
Arsenal’s recent form
Arsenal 3-1 Man Utd (03/09) – Premier League
Arsenal 2-2 Fulham (26/08) – Premier League
Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal (21/08) – Premier League
Arsenal 2-1 Nottingham Forest (12/08) – Premier League
Arsenal 1-1 (5-4p) Man City (06/08) – Community Shield
Trips to Goodison have not ended well for the Gunners in recent times, and another grind is in store this weekend. While many are condemning Everton to the drop, the underlying figures suggest they’ve started the season better than their results depict. They perhaps should’ve won both of their home games.
The Toffees are a difficult match-up for Arsenal and that was proved last season when the hosts physically overwhelmed the visitors in midfield and tied Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka down out wide. In Beto, they also boast an athletic focal point who could make life difficult for the Gunners’ backline.
Arteta’s side haven’t quite fired yet this season and are struggling to create high-quality chances against deep-lying defences. Thus, I think the spoils could be shared on Sunday.
Prediction: Everton 1-1 Arsenal