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Arsenal v Everton: Narrow home win to cement Gunners’ top-four spot

| 16.04.2013

A run of terrific recent form has seen Arsenal ascend to third place in the Premier League table, with fellow top-four challengers Everton their next opponents at the Emirates Stadium.

And given the Gunners’ recent record opposing David Moyes’ men, their 5/6 price for victory should not be sniffed at.

Although 10/3 Everton have won four of their last five Premier League matches, they have lost four of their past five when facing Arsenal, and haven’t triumphed away to the Gunners since 1996.

A draw earlier this season represented only the third time the Toffees have avoided defeat against the Gunners in their last 11 meetings too, and another stalemate is priced at 12/5 here.

But it looks wisest to invest in a narrow home success, considering that Arsenal have prevailed by a single goal in each of their past four victories over their Merseyside visitors.

14/5 is the price that the Gunners again triumph by a solitary strike, with over half of Everton’s seasonal losses coming via this margin only strengthening the claim that those odds are attention-worthy.

And as the Toffees have most regularly lost by a 2-1 scoreline this term, the same result Arsenal have beaten them by in two of the past four encounters between them, correct score punters could back another repeat of that outcome.

It is available as a 15/2 chance, whilst some may alternatively like the 31/20 odds that the hosts emerge victorious from a bout featuring at least 2.5 goals.

Such a bet would have paid dividends in seven of the Gunners’ 10 home triumphs across the course of the campaign, including their last three.

Also common in recent Emirates outings for Arsenal meanwhile, are Olivier Giroud strikes, with the Frenchman bagging in his past two league home appearances to take him to 17 seasonal goals.

He is 9/2 to open the scoring against Everton, whilst the returning Theo Walcott, who notched in the first minute in the reverse fixture earlier this term, is 5/1 to break the deadlock.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee