Everton v Arsenal: match preview

Rafael Benítez has cited Arsenal’s recovery under Mikel Arteta as evidence of how patience can reward a new manager under pressure. But Arsenal enjoyed a 10-game unbeaten run before conceding four times against Liverpool whereas Everton, while enduring similar torment in the derby, are eight games without a win heading into what feels a critical game. Farhad Moshiri missed the derby and the abuse directed at the board afterwards but is expected to be present against the club he sold his stake in to purchase Everton. He, Benítez and the Everton team could be in for another uncomfortable night. Andy Hunter

Monday 8pm Sky Sports Premier League

Venue Goodison Park

Last season Everton 2 Arsenal 1

Referee Mike Dean

This season G9 Y27 R0 3 cards/game

Odds H 5-2 A 15-13 D 19-7

Subs from Begovic, Tyrer, Lonergan, Godfrey, Holgate, Kenny, Branthwaite, Gomes, Gbamin, Iwobi, Gordon, Simms, Dobbin, Tosun, Whitaker, Onyango, Welch

Doubtful Mina (hamstring)

Injured Calvert-Lewin (thigh, 19 Dec), Davies (knee, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y28 R1


Leading scorer Gray 4

Subs from Leno, Hein, Okonkwo, Chambers, Marí, Holding, Soares, Tavares, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Pépé, Balogun, Martinelli, Nketiah, Lacazette

Doubtful Leno (groin)

Injured Xhaka (knee, 26 Dec), Kolasinac (ankle, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y18 1


Leading scorer Smith Rowe 5