This Saturday, Everton is hosting Arsenal at 12:30. The game will be an opener of the 18th Premier League fixture. Two more games and it is season’s halftime. After nearly half of the season, the league table already provides some logical conclusions, although you never know what can happen. We have all witnessed amazing win streaks before, so football predictions might not be that precise.
Ferguson Always Makes a Difference
Yes, Everton has a new interim coach and it is none other than Ferguson. Of course, not Alex but Duncan, a former Premier League player who has played for Everton from 1991 to 1998 and again from 2000 to 2006. Duncan, also known as Big Dunc, was famous for his tackles and a record-holding eight red cards in the Premier League. It is no wonder that Silva left the club with the club at the lower part of the table. Duncan comes to the rescue of his old club just like he did so many times in the past. For his first two matches as the coach, Duncan needed to prepare and face Chelsea and Manchester United. Nobody believed Everton will be able to take four points from these two matches but Ferguson gave the club his old glow and the fans are full of optimism. Electricity can be felt at Goodison Park. The atmosphere is excellent. The only thing worrying the fans is the Italian striker, Kean. Moise came in the 70th minute against Manchester United and Big Dunc substituted him 19 minutes later in the 89th minute. This is rarely done. And this is worrying the fans because Kean didn’t leave the game due to the injury or cards, he just wasn’t on the field. Talent isn’t all, dedication is what Duncan is asking for and if a player doesn’t like it, he’ll get out of the game. Good job, Everton!
Watch For the Falling Giant
Arsenal is in the opposite position to Everton. In the last 5 matches, they won 5 out of the 15 possible points and four of those matches were against teams in the lower part of the league table. Yesterday, the already devastating atmosphere has been additionally destroyed with Manchester City winning 3:0 at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal had one shot on the goal with a total of 6 shots. Ljungberg is not doing the needed work and seems as if Arsene Wenger put a curse on the position of Arsenal’s coach, similar to what Alex Ferguson did on Manchester United. Arsenal conceded 27 goals so far and only six teams have conceived more in the Premier League. Sure, the Gunners have excellent players but the team is not clicking. Something is wrong.
The last match between the two teams ended with a 1:0 win for Everton at Goodison Park. Head-to-head, Gunners lead with 33 wins, 13 draws, and 8 losses but considering the current condition of their team and the atmosphere within the Toffees it is quite possible to see another Everton win. Both teams are among the top in the worst defences with a lot of conceived goals so we are likely to see a lot of goals this Saturday.