Slightly off the title pace and on the verge of a Champions League exit, Arsenal might not be so keen to ring the changes as they entertain Everton in the FA Cup, which now represents the Gunners’ best chance of ending the campaign with some silverware.
Similarly, the Toffees will head to North London with all guns blazing having seemingly slipped out of contention for a top four berth and subsequently the Emirates Stadium contest could be an absolute cracker, just as it was when the pair met at the same venue in the Premier League.
That one finished one-each, a scoreline that BetVictor rate at 7/1 on this occasion, it’s 13/5 courtesy of Stan James for the tie to require a replay and bet365 post 5/1 against the teams being inseparable at the end of each half.
Nevertheless, in light of their formidable home record, the Gunners are considered odds-on favourites by bet365 at 4/5 and as Roberto Martinez’s men, 4/1 shots via William Hill have acquitted themselves well but failed to score when on top in recent matches at similarly high-quality oppositions in the shape of Chelsea and Tottenham, those odds seem fair.
Like those games however, this should be close so BetVictor’s 11/4 about an Arsenal victory by one stands out, Winner.com chalk a 1-0 victory for Arsene Wenger’s troops up at 15/2 and for punters expecting Everton to have more cutting edge following the goal scoring return of striker Romelu Lukaku (12/5 with Skybet to notch), a 2-1 home victory is 8/1 (Ladbrokes).
Arsenal to beat Everton by one – 11/4 (BetVictor)