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Can Everton Catch Arsenal?

When Everton host Arsenal, the visitor’s season could be turned upside down. Having competed for the title for most of campaign, the Gunners’ recent record could see them missing out on the top four spot.

Arsene Wenger’s side have only won three out of their last 10 games (W3 D4 L3), taking just 13 of the last 30 points. Everton, meanwhile, have taken 18 points over the same period (W6 D1 L3) and closed in on the Gunners.

If they were to beat Arsenal on Sunday, they would only be one point behind the visitors with one game in hand. However, their recent record against the Gunners is not exactly promising for the home fans.

The Toffees have lost eight and won none of their last 13 Premier League games against Arsenal, but they have drawn the last three meetings. In addition, Everton have only scored more than once in one of the last 22 Premier League games against Arsenal.

But the hosts enter the game in high-flying form, following five successive Premier League victories and the club’s best ever points total after 31 games. They also won their recent six home games and and have only lost once at Goodison Park this season.

Both sides' injury lists have eased up this week, with Everton likely to welcome Phil Jagielka back in defence. Ross Barkley is doubtful after he picked up a calf problem, but Kevin Miralles will probably reclaim his place in Roberto Martinez' starting XI.

Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, has confirmed that Aaron Ramsey and Nacho Monreal will return to the squad, while the likes of Koscielny, Wilshere, Walcott and Ozil remain side-lined. The Arsenal boss could feature an unchanged starting XI following their impressive 1-1 draw with City.

None of the last eight games between the two haven been separated by a single goal and I’m predicting another tight match which will end 1-1.

What’s your predictions? Have your say in the comment section below. 

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