With Champions League places up for grabs, Everton welcome Arsenal to Goodison Park on Sunday with a chance to close the gap on fourth place to just a single point. The match is live on Sky Sports at the usual time of 13:30 and we have some free football betting tips for you.
Quietly going about their business, Everton have slipped in under the radar after recording five straight wins in the league. Now just four points behind that lucrative fourth spot, The Toffees have a fantastic opportunity to leapfrog Arsenal if they can beat them on Sunday and win their game in hand the week after. With a tougher set of fixtures for the run in, nothing less than a win over their rivals will do. Whilst Roberto Martinez will be sweating over the injury to Ross Barkley, he can take a lot of encouragement from the way his bench stepped up to the plate during last week's win over Fulham. For the first time in many a year, Everton have some genuine depth to their squad.
After conceding early to Manchester City last week, many would have feared the worst for Arsene Wenger as a rampant City went for the jugular. However, Arsenal held firm and after the break they stamped their authority on the game and were unlucky not to go on and win. Scorer Mattieu Flamini exchanged his customary booking for a goal, and whilst even the most die-hard Gooner will admit their title chances are gone, Flamini's fine individual performance epitomised the fact that the team is still fighting for every point. Although, Arsenal's form is not exactly setting the Premier league alight, they will be buoyed by the news Aaron Ramsey is back in the squad for the weekend. The Welshman has been sorely missed in midfield.
As expected the bookies are sitting on the fence with this one and there is very little to choose between the two sides. Everton are slight favourites at 6/4, with Arsenal available at a best-priced 2/1. The draw is reasonably priced around 12/5 with most bookmakers and was the result when the two teams last met in the league. However, a month ago in the FA Cup The Gunners triumphed 4-1 at The Emirates after Everton desperately went in search of an equaliser with the scores poised at 2-1. Already playing catch up, The Toffees will be far less satisfied with a point than their North London opponents and this could prove to be their downfall. Judging by the statistic that 48% of their matches are goalless at half time this season and 35% of their total goals come in the last fifteen minutes, it proves Everton often leave it late before winning games. Last weekend's win over Fulham is the perfect example of this. Against a fine counter attacking team in Arsenal I can see them getting picked off on Sunday, especially if they are chasing a win. With all this in mind, back an Arsenal win at 2/1 with William Hill along with draw HT/Arsenal FT at a mouth watering 6/1 with Bet365.
Finally, jumping back on the Aaron Ramsey bandwagon once again. Despite missing almost half the season with various injuries, Ramsey still finds himself Arsenal's second top scorer with 13 goals. Likely to have to settle for a place on the bench this weekend, I would expect Arsene Wenger to give him a run out at some point. Priced at 11/1 with Coral to be the last goalscorer, this is almost double the price he was fetching during his purple patch. After such a rotten run of luck he deserves a goal, let's try and cash in on it.
Everton v Arsenal Betting Tips and Predictions
Arsenal to Win – Bet Here at 2/1 with William Hill
Draw HT/Arsenal FT – Bet Here at 6/1 with Bet365
Aaron Ramsey to Score Last – Bet Here at 11/1 with Coral
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