Arsenal Often Struggle at Goodison
Everton, who have been threatened by relegation over the last couple of seasons, lost their first three games of the 2023-24 season. Finally, they scored their first goals of the season and picked up their first point in a 2-2 draw at Sheffield United. On Sunday, Everton will host Premier League title contenders Arsenal at Goodison Park. The Gunners have struggled on recent trips to Everton but will be looking for all three points here. We’ll run through the Everton vs Arsenal odds ahead of this EPL match.
Shockingly, Everton have gotten the better of Arsenal in recent seasons despite their struggles. Everton have won four of the last six matches between the two sides on the Premier League schedule. The home team has also won the last four head-to-head matchups. Last season, Arsenal defeated Everton 4-0 at the Emirates, and Everton picked up a 1-0 win at Goodison Park.
Everton’s Struggles Continue
Things have not gone according to plan for Sean Dyche’s Everton so far this season. Even though they’re yet to play one of the Premier League’s “big six” teams, they’re 0-1-3 and very nearly lost their final match before the international break. Still, the Toffees deserve some credit for equalizing twice at Sheffield United. Following Cameron Archer’s goal, Abdoulaye Doucoure scored Everton’s first goal of the season.
Then, Archer struck the post, and the ball went in off of Jordan Pickford’s back. Arnaut Danjuma responded by equalizing for Everton with his first Premier League goal for the club. Pickford made an absurd double save right at the end of the game to preserve a draw for Everton. The Toffees picked up their first point of the season at Sheffield but the Everton vs Arsenal odds price the hosts as +535 underdogs.
Everton are 0-2 at home so far and lost 10 of their 19 matches at Goodison Park last season. Plus, Everton have scored the joint-fewest goals in the Premier League stats, with just two through four games. New signing Jack Harrison is an injury doubt for this match. Captain Seamus Coleman is also out. Meanwhile, Dominic Calvert-Lewin could return from a head injury and was spotted in training this week.
Room for Improvement for Unbeaten Arsenal
Arsenal’s recent matches vs. Manchester United have typically been thrillers and their match before the international break was no exception. Marcus Rashford opened the scoring for visiting United and Arsenal captain nearly immediately responded with a goal of his own. United thought they had taken the lead late in the second half but Alejandro Garnacho was called marginally offside by VAR.
In stoppage time, new Arsenal signing Declan Rice endeared himself to the Arsenal faithful with the winning goal. Gabriel Jesus added an insurance goal a few minutes later to give the Gunners an important 3-1 win. Arsenal improved to 3-1-0 with the victory and are within two points of league leaders Manchester City.
The Gunners haven’t been at their best yet this season, which means there’s plenty of room for improvement. Kai Havertz has received a lot of criticism for his performances in midfield and it’s possible that Mikel Arteta will start him on the bench in the coming matches. With Jesus back from an injury, striker Eddie Nketiah could also move back to the bench. Arteta has plenty of attacking options, as minutes have also been hard to come by for Leandro Trossard.
Right now, the EPL odds imply Arsenal are the second-most likely team to win the league. The Gunners display +700 odds to win the league at present but there are 34 games to go.
Match Analysis & Odds
For Sunday’s match, visitors Arsenal are one-goal favorites. The Everton vs Arsenal odds price the Gunners as -195 favorites and Arsenal -1 shows -120 odds. When Arsenal came to Goodison Park last season, Everton benefitted from the “new manager bump” in Sean Dyche’s first match. Even though the Gunners haven’t managed to win at Everton for almost six years, they’re certainly the better team on paper.
The Gunners have defeated Everton by a four-goal margin in two of the last three meetings. Everton haven’t managed to build any momentum so far this season and a third straight loss at home would be a big disappointment. Everton +1 is priced at even odds, while Everton’s moneyline is +535.
Each of the last seven meetings between the two sides has finished with a winner but a draw stands at +360 odds. Through their first four matches, Arsenal have averaged two goals per game. Here, over 2.5, 3 goals come in at -120 odds, and five of the last seven head-to-head matchups have finished with three or more goals.