Premier League preview: Arsenal vs Everton, Liverpool vs Wolves
Arsenal vs Everton
It’s less than a month since Sean Dyche oversaw his first game as Everton coach. Dyche revelled in the occasion, his side claiming an unlikely three points against Arsenal.
That defeat caused a wobble for Mikel Arteta’s side, but the Gunners appear to have steadied the ship, winning their last two league games and still top of the Premier League. Win this one, and the Gunners will move five points clear of Man City.
And anything but a home win seems unlikely. The Toffees have won two, lost two since Dyche took the reins, but after the immediate impact of his arrival, the Toffees seem to be deteriorating.
The Merseyside team lost 2-0 at home to Villa this weekend, and have mustered two goals in their four games under Dyche. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is out with a hamstring injury – and has scored only one goal all season, in any case.
Demarai Gray is the side’s leading scorer this season with three league goals – but he’s been restricted only to appearances from the bench under Dyche. Neal Maupay has had a couple of starts under the new coach, but the former Brighton man has managed one goal all season. If there’s a goal for the visitors on Wednesday, chances are it’s going to be bundled in from a set piece.
It’s a big if, though. Everton have scored once in their last seven away games in the Prem – that goal coming, improbably, against Man City.
It seems likelier that the Gunners make up for their last encounter with Everton here. The only slight doubt is that Arsenal’s recent home record ain’t the best; they’ve won one of their last four Premier League games at the Emirates.
But with Arteta’s men seemingly reinvigorated, and facing a side that look contenders for the drop, it would be surprising if the hosts don’t prevail. Combine Arsenal to win and Both Teams To Score No at 10/11.
You could also consider backing Leandro Trossard to score at 13/5. Trossard found the net against Brentford at the Emirates in February. He also had a fine goal ruled out controversially by VAR against Leicester at the weekend. Even if the Belgian doesn’t start, he may still get an opportunity to fire one past Everton at some point.
Liverpool vs Wolves
Liverpool’s last home game was the 5-2 defeat to Real Madrid; they followed that up with a goalless draw away to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
If you’re thinking playing at Anfield can help Jurgen Klopp in his quest to secure three points on Wednesday, well, his side hosted Wolves in the FA Cup in January – and had to settle for a draw.
Julen Lopetegui has given Wolves more fight than they showed under Bruno Lage; since Lopetegui’s arrival, the Old Gold have scored in four of their five away games in the Prem (the exception was Man City).
Both Teams To Score at 19/20 looks a decent shout, then (Liverpool are probably still capable of scoring, after all). The Reds have conceded at home against Palace, Newcastle, Brighton, Leeds, Southampton and Leicester in the Prem this season.
Wolves have also taken two draws and two wins from their most recent sequence of five away games. If you want to consider a more ambitious approach, the draw is an 18/5 shot.
If you prefer to side with the hosts, Diogo Jota is 39/20 to score against his old club this week.
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