It’s FA Cup Quarter Final weekend this Saturday and Sunday as the final eight sides in the oldest and most prestigious club football competition in the world battle to play at Wembley in the Semi Finals and then, hopefully, the Final.
The four game schedule is kicked off on Saturday lunchtime with the clash of Arsenal v Everton at The Emirates in North London as the sides sitting third and sixth in the Premier League compete for a game in the final four stage. GR88.com favour a home win, but will The Gunners live up to this favourites billing?
Arsenal – 1.79
Draw – 3.25
Everton – 4.10
(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)
Like the odds suggest this match promises to be a close match and recent clashes between the teams have proven the sides to be close in on pitch performances as all of the last eight matches have seen either draws or one goal victories. This pattern goes back to 2009 when Arsenal travelled to Goodison Park early in the 2009/10 season and thumped Everton 6-1, with Everton’s consolation goal coming in injury time at the end of the match.
Arsenal have won four and drawn four of these eight matches and are unbeaten against Everton in 13 fixtures, while it has been 18 years since Everton last won away against Arsenal. That came with a 2-1 victory at Highbury in January 1996. Despite this poor record the last three matches, including the last two at The Emirates, have ended level so will this FA Cup match be the end of Arsenal’s dominance over the Toffees?
In reality, it is unlikely as only World and European champions Bayern Munich have defeated Arsenal at the Emirates in 15 matches and they required a red card for Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczęsny before they were able to make the breakthrough on the night. Arsenal have won 11 of the other 14 matches on home soil in all competitions since losing to Chelsea in the Capital One Cup in October, including bouncing back from the Bayern loss with a 4-1 beating of Sunderland.
Everton’s away form of late has seen them slip down the table as they lost the last three away games to Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea without scoring a goal and they have beaten only League One Stevenage on the road in 2014. The three losses saw a 4-0 defeat in the Merseyside Derby, but losing 1-0 in London twice.
I feel that the corresponding differences between the side’s home and away forms will see Arsenal win this match, but only just as Everton are certainly not a side to give in easily despite their run of losses. Everton defend well and it took a late, late goal for Chelsea to beat them at Stamford Bridge but I see Arsenal just being the more ruthless of the sides and booking their place at Wembley with a one goal victory.
Back Arsenal to beat Everton in this FA Cup Quarter Final game @ 1.79 with GR88.com.