Venue: Emirates Stadium Date: Saturday, 18 October Kick-off: 1500 BST
Song – Toure(c) – Silvestre – Clichy
Eboue- Fabregas – Denilson – Nasri
Adebayor – Van Persie
(Subs from): Fabianski, G.Hoyte, Gibbs, Diaby, Walcott, Ramsey, Vela
Everton Likely Line Up (4-5-1)
Hibbert – Jagielka – Lescott – Baines
Arteta – Fellaini – Rodwell – Osman- Pienaar
(Subs from): Nash, Valente, Kissock, Vaughan, Saha, Neville, Baxter
Everton are likely to resist playing Saha from the start, resorting to play 4-5-1 to tighten up in defence and stop Arsenal from playing. Phil Neville is likely to play defensive midfield, an area where Everton have lacked presence,looking to stifle the threat from Fabregas.
Arsene Wenger will look to assess Van Persie and Djourou before the game to see if they are ready to play. In place of the Swiss defender, Mikael Silvestre is likely to make his debut. As the Toffees are expected to pack their midfield, Denilson and Fabregas will have to work extra hard to find space in a hard working Everton midfield. They will look to play through front man Yakubu spearheading their attack most likely on the counter. They have been susceptible to the high ball and if Arsenal can get Walcott and in particular Eboue on the ball in wide positions expect problems for Everton.
Key Man: Emmanuel Adebayor- The toffees have let in 15 goals already this season, most of them from high balls so therefore the Togolese can make his presence felt here. He scored four for his country and is looking to build on that form for which in the league has been patchy so far.
Danger Man: Mikel Arteta- Everton will look to get the Spaniard on the ball as much as possible if they are to get much out of the game.
Prediction: Arsenal 1-0 Everton
|Ave Goals per game||1.86||1.57|
|Shots (excl blocked shots)||111||73|
|% Shots on Target||40%||37%|
|% Goals to Shots||12%||15%|
|Overall Pass Completion %||85%||74%|
|Cross Completion %||20%||26%|
|Ave goals conceded per game||0.71||2.14|
|Tackles Won %||77%||73%|
|Blocks, Clearances & Interceptions||358||506|