Everton don’t have the best record against Arsenal in recent years, indeed the Toffees haven’t beaten the Gunners in a dozen attempts. Moreover, they’ve never won at the Emirates Stadium, last prevailing in the North London outfit’s backyard thanks to an Andrei Kanchelskis winner at Highbury back in January 1996.
Subsequently, despite the Toffees’ excellent start to the campaign, culminating in the stunning win at Manchester United on Wednesday, they’re a 9/2 chance at BetVictor to return with three points from their visit to the league leaders, odds-on favourites at 7/10 courtesy of William Hill.
Skybet post 14/5 against it finishing all square but given their form, it’s hard not to side with Arsene Wenger’s men, albeit in what should be a close but entertaining encounter in light of the attractive football played by both teams.
Ladbrokes price the hosts at 11/4 to shade it by a one-goal margin and as it’s a contest likely to produce three or more goals (8/11, Stan James), bet365’s 8/1 about a 2-1 victory for the Gunners isn’t without appeal.
BetVictor meanwhile go 8/11 about both teams finding the net and staying with goals there are players for both teams that will fancy their chances of registering. Arsenal’s in-form midfielder Aaron Ramsey is 9/4 at bet365 to net at any point and at the other end prolific Everton front man Romelu Lukaku is 12/5 (Skybet) to strike.
Man City’s hundred percent home record is largely responsible for their league position and Manuel Pellegrini’s charges might find the going tough on the road at Southampton. City certainly don’t appeal at a slender 4/5 via Winner.com and in fact BetVictor’s 15/4 about a Saints success is far more of an attractive proposition. Nevertheless, the high-flying visitors pose a significant threat so the best bet at St Mary’s is arguably bet365’s 9/4 posted against the hosts in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market.
Like City, Chelsea have toiled at times on their travels but they should enjoy the upper hand at a Stoke team finding the transition from the style under Tony Pulis to that deployed by new boss Mark Hughes, pretty difficult. Stan James quote the Blues at 4/6 to land a maximum haul, they’re 6/1 (Ladbrokes) to fire the only goal and 5/2 courtesy of BetVictor to record any victory by a one-goal margin at the Britannia Stadium.
Liverpool meanwhile, are 2/7 at bet365 to follow the 5-1 triumph over Norwich by sending West Ham home from Anfield empty-handed and Luis Suarez, who bagged four in midweek, is 11/4 (Coral) to net first.
At the Stadium of Light, Stan James go 5/2 about struggling Sunderland sharing the spoils with Tottenham and the same firm quote 23/10 for it to also be inconclusive at Selhurst Park, where Crystal Palace entertain Cardiff. Putting in some solid performances on the road finally, Aston Villa stand out at 9/5 (Ladbrokes) to nick it at Fulham, Winner.com mark 5/6 against Swansea as they host Hull and West Brom, at 37/40 with BetVictor, should be too strong for Norwich.
Southampton to beat Man City ‘Draw No Bet’ – 9/4 (bet365)
Double on Arsenal and Chelsea to both win by one – 12/1 (Ladbrokes)
Draw double on matches at Sunderland and Crystal Palace – 10/1 (BetVictor)
Aston Villa to beat Fulham – 9/5 (Ladbrokes)