Arsenal vs. Everton: Gunners Striving for Final Champions League Place
Usually, the final day of the Premier league season is packed with drama with the title, plus relegation and European issues still to be decided. As 2016/17 draws to a close however, virtually everything is already settled.
Chelsea took the title with Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Hull City going down but, there is one final place in the Champions League up for grabs. Therefore, while other fixtures don’t have much riding on them, attention from the TV Cameras and the betting community will turn firmly to the Emirates.
Arsenal need to win here and hope that relegated Middlesbrough can somehow take at least a point away from Liverpool. Alternatively, Arsenal could draw and still claim fourth place but Boro would then need to win away from home – an unlikely scenario for a team that has struggled all season. The final scenario involves Manchester City losing at Watford – once again, not the likeliest outcome this weekend.
First job then is to beat Everton and the bookmakers have installed the Gunners as favourites at a very short best price of 1/2 with Stan James. Elsewhere in the result market, victory for Everton is priced at 63/10 with MarathonBet while the draw completes things at best odds of 15/4 with Winner Sports and SportingBet.
The form table points to Arsenal here and although they stuttered in April, the Gunners are perfect so far in May and have four straight wins coming into this. Everton have won just once in that time and, with so much resting on this for the home side, it’s tough to see beyond a home victory.
Individual Goal Scorers
Everton’s Romelu Lukaku is closing in on the Golden Boot as the league’s leading scorer but it’s Arsenal players who dominate the individual goal scoring with Alexis Sanchez the favourite to find the net first at 7/2 with bet365.
Olivier Giroud is the second favourite with most bookies but can also be picked up at a top price of 7/1 with bet365 and Betway while Danny Welbeck follows at 9/2 with bet365 and Paddy Power.
You have to work through five Arsenal players before Lukaku appears at best odds of 7/1 with Paddy Power but, at the very least, you should consider the Belgian for an anytime goal at 11/5 with Paddy Power once again.
Other options from midfield and further back for this market could include Theo Walcott at a top price of 15/8 with SkyBet and BetFred and maybe Everton’s dangerous Ross Barkley, who has six goals this season and can be backed at an excellent 6/1 with 888Sport.
There are lots of options there but Lukaku is likely to be playing his last game for Everton and we just feel he will alert himself to potential buyers with at least one goal.
Other Side Bets
Arsenal have also been tighter at the back during their recent run and for sides such as Everton who have nothing to play for, last games of the season can be flat. However, as we are tipping Lukaku to be in solid form we shall back Both Teams to Score which is available for this one at 3/4 with bet365 and SportingBet.
Arsenal will surely find the net themselves and if you want another punt with a small return, over 2.5 goals could be safe at a best of 4/6 with SkyBet and BetBright. However, final games can also be open and entertaining affairs so, for our final tip, we are being braver by a fraction and taking over 3.5 goals at a top price of 17/10 with either 32Red or 888Sport.
You have to consider both form and the two agendas for Sunday’s game. Arsenal simply must go for the win while Everton will finish seventh no matter what happens. For that reason, a home win looks very strong at that 1/2 with Stan James but if you want some better value, look for some price boosts or, alternatively, consider our tips in the side markets for this fixture.
- Romelu Lukaku to score anytime at 11/5 with Paddy Power
- Both Teams to Score at 3/4 with bet365
- Over 3.5 goals at 17/10 with 32Red