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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Arsenal v Everton: Wenger hopes to end the Toffees' top four dream


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Everton have only taken away six points from visits to the red half of north London during the Premier League era. That's a shocking return for a team with hopes of making a late charge for a place in the top four, but could tonight be the night they record their first win at Arsenal since 1996?

WengerArsenal are a team on a roll at the moment. They have won seven of their past eight outings and moved up to third with their late, late show against Norwich City. They have the bit between their teeth and look like finishing above their north London rivals Spurs yet again. But despite Everton's poor record at Arsenal, the Toffees should not be taken lightly. They have already taken points off Manchester City and Spurs on their travels this season and victory tonight could see them jump above Spurs on goal difference and move to within a point of the Gunners.

The Arsenal start the game as favourites and their five-minute blast against the Canaries will fill them with confidence. They are the top scorers at home in the top flight so Tim Howard will be kept on his toes.

Everton enter the game in a rich vein of form themselves. They have gone five games without tasting defeat in the league - four wins, one draw - and would love to end their Emirates hoodoo to give their Champions League aspirations a massive boost.

Andrei Kanchelskis was the last Evertonian to score a winner against Arsenal in north London. With Mirallas, Fellani, Baines, Jelavic and Anichebe in their ranks, Everton have a number of potential match winners.

So will the Gunners flex their muscles and come out on top again or can Everton produce another twist in the battle for fourth place?

Here is how our pundits see it going.

Arsenal v Everton; Kick Off 8pm April 16 2013

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

3

V

1

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

2

V

0

Chelsea

Apoorva Ankur

2

V

1

Everton

Chris Goodwin

2

V

2

Fulham

Neil Springate

1

V

1

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

2

V

1

Man City

Callum Rothwell

3

V

1

Man United

Peter Johnstone

1

V

1

Newcastle

Greg Hall

2

V

0

Norwich

Sue Read

2    

V

2

QPR

John Jaycock

2

V

0

Reading

Jon Keen

2

V

1

Southampton

Andy Saunders

2

V

1

Stoke City

Peter Holland

2

V

1

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

2

V

2

Swansea

Jim Barry

3

V

2

Spurs

Adam Crawford

1

V

2

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

2

V

1

West Ham

Matt Beeby

1

V

2

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

1

V

1

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

3

V

1

Writer

Steve Coulter

2

V

0

Writer

Hugh Larkin

1

V

1

Writer

Mitch Waddon

3

V

2

Writer

Chris Pettitt

2

V

1

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

4

V    

1

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

2

V

1

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

0

V

0

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

2

V

0

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

2

V

2

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

2

V

2

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

2

V

1

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

2

V

1

Editor

Antony Melvin

2

V

1

Panel Verdict

Home win.

Home: 22; Draw: 10; Away: 2.

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