Arsenal travel to Goodison Park and will take on a struggling Everton side winless in their last eight English Premier League games. Both teams suffered a defeat in the midweek fixtures and will look to bounce back with all three points in this fixture.
Everton suffered their seventh defeat of the season when Liverpool netted four past Jordan Pickford to complete a 4-1 victory in the Merseyside Derby. The Toffees have now conceded 24 goals and scored 17 goals in return.
Everton was dominated throughout the match by a very attacking Liverpool side. Rafa’s men had 38% of the ball possession and attempted eight shots with a 25% shot accuracy rate. A total of 22 positional attacks were attempted as the team attacked from a wider position towards the left side. Everton attempted 11 passes into the opposition penalty box and the players were successful in delivering seven passes.
Demarai Gray scored his fourth goal of the season in the Merseyside Derby. Andros Townsend and Calvert-Lewin are second in the standings with three goals each. Rafa Benitez has a headache, as he is left with very few attacking options. Salomon Rondon came off against Liverpool and is expected to join Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tom Davies, Andre Gomes and Yerry Mina on the sideline.
Arsenal suffered a 2-3 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford. This was their second defeat in three games, after a run of eight matches without a loss. Both teams have scored the same number of goals, but Arsenal have conceded 20 goals, four fewer than their opponents.
The Gunners had 55% of the ball possession and attempted three shots more than Manchester United. Arsenal created 37 positional attacks and attempted 16 shots towards the opposition’s goal. Eight shots were on target, and the xG rate of the team was 2.22. Mikel Arteta’s men attempted 11 shots from inside the opposition’s penalty box, and the goals were scored from the edge of the box. The above viz also shows that Arsenal created a lot of threats after the 80th-minute mark.
Emile Smith-Rowe netted his fifth Premier League goal of the season against Manchester United. He also has two assists to his name. Bukayo Saka came off the bench against Manchester United, and is likely to start in this match. There are no new injury concerns for the manager.
Everton have attempted 143 shots and managed to hit the target 47 times. The team averages more than ten shots per match. Arsenal, on the other hand, have attempted 186 shots and 68 shots have been on target. Their shot accuracy is 36.5%, and the Gunners have attempted more than 13 shots per match.
Arsenal’s recent run of form gives them the advantage over their Merseyside opponents. Everton is missing a consistent goal-scorer in their team, and this has resulted in a poor run of results. Rafa Benitez will hope that his side earns all three points and move up in the points table. The atmosphere is expected to be great at Goodison Park for the late Monday night fixture.