Everton take on Arsenal in the 2014/15 Premier League season at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is set for 17.30 pm BST. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Catch the highlights of the game on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10:30pm BST.
Everton will hope to get back to winning ways when they take on Arsenal in their first home game of the season. The Toffees played out a 2-2 draw against newcomers Leicester on the opening day of the league season. The Merseyside club were close to beating Arsenal to fourth place last season, but some slip-ups in the last few games saw them lose out.
Roberto Martinez has strengthened his team over the summer, the most noticeable being the £28m signing of Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea. One big miss for Everton at the start of the season will be midfield star Ross Barkley, who is a long-term casualty after picking up a knee injury prior to the start of the season.
Meanwhile, the Gunners will be looking to avenge their 3-0 loss to Everton from last season. Arsenal did win their opening day fixture against Crystal Palace, but it was an unconvincing performance from the north London club. The reigning FA Cup champions should have the services of the German players, who were missing on the opening day owing to lack of fitness.
However, Arsene Wenger has already fallen prey to the injury curse, after losing two main players in Mikel Arteta and Kieran Gibbs both of whom are ruled out for a couple of weeks with injury. Even Koscielny is doubtful for the game after picking up an Achilles problem, but the return of Per Mertasacker should provide adequate cover for the time being.
Stat of the Match: Arsenal have failed to win their last four Premier League games against Everton (D3, L1)
What Managers Say
Arsene Wenger (Arsenal): "We have young players, which means that every year they can be better. Also the team improves with success, which we had a reasonable [amount of] last year. We have a good opportunity on Saturday to show that we have moved forward and that we are stronger than last year."
Roberto Martinez (Everton): "Until you play against a side like Arsenal and Chelsea, you don't have the answers on the pitch. That's what you need in football, to face this sort of opposition. What we saw at the weekend from the opener is that we are very fluid in our possession. I thought the first half was a very good half of football. The only thing we need to change is maybe that mentality, to keep going forward and keep scoring goals in the second half."
Betting Odds (888Sport.com)
- Arsenal to win: 8/5
- Everton to win: 7/4
- Draw: 12/5
Probable Lineup: Szczesny; Debuchy, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal; Flamini, Wilshere; Sanchez, Ramsey, Cazorla; Giroud.
Probable Lineup: Howard; Coleman, Distin, Jagielka, Baines; McCarthy, Barry; McGeady, Naismith, Pienaar; Lukaku.