Arsenal v Everton: Fragile defences could make this a goal fest
Jack Lang is expecting fireworks when the Toffees travel to the Emirates on Sunday...
"Arsenal's five league games so far have produced 19 goals – the joint most in the division. Everton's tally isn't far behind (17) and both of their away games so far have ended 2-2"
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Top-heavy Gunners in the groove
Slowly but surely, Arsenal seem to be finding their feet under Unai Emery. The season may have begun with two defeats, but it's now four wins on the spin, and confidence levels are on the rise. With their next few Premier League fixtures hardly terrifying (Watford and Leicester at home, Fulham and Crystal Palace away), their league position should be heading the same way.
All is not perfect: Emery is still tweaking, and the backline continues to be amusingly fragile. There have been no clean sheets so far, with even minnows Vorskla managing to knock home a couple of goals at the Emirates in midweek. But with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - the scorer of a brace against Vorskla in midweek - beginning to fire, attack trumps defence for the moment.
Toffees stuck in the mud
Everton's season so far has followed the opposite trajectory. They started well, earning a point with ten men against Wolves, then beating Southampton. But since then they've only managed two points against Bournemouth, Huddersfield and West Ham - the latter two results particularly exasperating.
The Toffees, like Arsenal, have looked vulnerable at the back. But Richarlison's suspension also deprived them of much of their spark, with Cenk Tosun out of sorts in attack. The Brazilian is back here, which will be a major boost, but Marco Silva will need more players to step up if Everton are going to get anywhere this season.
Arsenal favourites to extend winning run
Arsenal last lost to Everton at home in the league in 1996, and have won 20 of the 24 games since. At the Emirates, it's W8 D4 and five on the spin, with the last meeting ending 5-1. In fact, Arsenal put five past the Toffees in both games last season, indicating the size of the task at hand for Silva's men.
The hosts are understandable favourites, then, but we won't be piling on at [1.48]. Arsenal -1 at [1.70] is a more attractive bet, but there are better options in the goal markets.
Goals on the cards
Arsenal's five league games so far have produced 19 goals - the joint most in the division. Everton's tally isn't far behind (17) and both of their away games so far have ended 2-2, which suggests they won't be going for a safety-first approach here.
With Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Özil rested in midweek (the latter scored off the bench), Arsenal should be plenty fresh enough to express themselves against a wide-open defence. And with Richarlison back, Everton too should be confident of having some joy. Over 3.5 goals is the pick at [2.2].
The new Same Game Multi tool on the Sportsbook lets you combine multiple picks on one game. So you could back Arsenal to win, over 3.5 goals and Aubameyang to score at odds of around 5/2.
Jack Lang's Premier League P/L, 2018/19
Over 3.5 goals at [2.2]