Everton v Arsenal
Everton take on Arsenal at Goodison Park on Wednesday. Here's everything you need to know ahead of a mouthwatering Premier League encounter with Arsene Wenger's Champions League-chasing Gunners...
Steven Pienaar is available for selection again after being cup-tied for the visit of Sunderland. Darron Gibson (knee), Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and Seamus Coleman (thigh) are all doubts.
Arsenal remain without long-term absentees Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Per Mertesacker (ankle), but Abou Diaby could make his return following a hamstring problem.
Everton: DLWDWW. Sunderland (h), FA Cup, drew 1-1; Liverpool (a), lost 3-0; Tottenham (h), won 1-0; QPR (a), drew 1-1; Blackpool (h), FA Cup, won 2-0; Chelsea (h), won 2-0; Wigan (a), drew 1-1.
Arsenal: WWWWLL. Newcastle United (h), won 2-1; AC Milan (h), Champions League, won 3-0; Liverpool (a), won 2-1; Tottenham (h), won 5-2; Sunderland (a), lost 2-0; AC Milan (a), Champions League, lost 4-0.
1. Everton's most recent win over the Gunners in the Premier League came courtesy of a last-minute Andy Johnson strike at Goodison in March 2007
2. Arsenal have become the first team in the Premier League era to win four consecutive games from losing positions
3. Tim Cahill has scored for Everton in three of the last four games against Arsenal at Goodison Park
4. Robin van Persie has become only the seventh player to score against 16 different sides in a single Premier League season
Everton's John Heitinga after the 1-1 draw against Sunderland: "It’s busy but as a football player you want to play games. Arsenal is another big game and the focus is now on them.”
Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta on his return to Goodison: "I really can't wait to go there, and I hope I'll get a good reception because I gave Everton everything I had in my time there and I love the club. Everyone there was great to me and, even though I left, hopefully people understood. There's no reason for any of us to be unhappy with each other."
December 10, 2011. Arsenal 1-0 Everton. The Blues were undone by a superb volley from striker Robin van Persie with just 20 minutes left to play. As David Moyes' men pushed for a breakthrough, a floating ball into the box was hammered home first time by the Dutchman as the hosts bagged all three points.
January 10, 2010. Arsenal 2-2 Everton. Two deflected shots stole a point for the Gunners after Everton had twice taken the lead at the Emirates. Landon Donovan crossed from a corner for Leon Osman to head in. But a beautifully dinked late goal from Steven Pienaar, after an equaliser from Denilson, wasn’t enough to stop Tomas Rosicky forcing a dramatic draw in the last seconds of the game.
There have been quite a few players who have played for both clubs. Here is our full XI:
Richard Wright joined the Blues from Arsenal in 2002, so gets the nod to start in goal.
The late Joe Mercer and Kenny Sansom occupy the full-back roles and completing the back four are Martin Keown and Philippe Senderos.
Alan Ball commands the midfield with current Gunner Mikel Arteta, and the duo are joined by Anders Limpar and Kevin Richardson.
Up front, the legendary Tommy Lawton partners Kevin Campbell.
Tickets for Wednesday’s match against Arsenal at Goodison Park are still available. To buy yours, visit the Park End box office, call 0871 663 1878 or click here. Free live updates and commentary will be available on evertonfc.com.
Official Betting Partner 188BET have chosen their Top 5 Betting Picks ahead of the game. They are:
Everton to win: 2.80 (9/5)
Everton to win 2-1: 11 (10/1)
2-2 Draw: 14 (13/1)
Everton to win by 1 goal: 4.10 (3/1)
Total number of goals 2-3: 1.70 (8/11)