No room for rest, no time for a break… The festive season is in full swing and the Premier League Matchday 18 kicks off with a banger between Everton and Arsenal!
Two sides who have finally made a breakthrough in their managerial troubles meet for the first kickoff of Matchday 18 in the English Premier League. Arsenal takes the trip to Goodison Park for a matchup against an in-form Everton.
I will say it one more time… These fixtures are drawn up by the power of the football gods and are not a coincidence. I repeat, it is not a coincidence! We are just blessed by well-timed events and watch one of the most entertaining leagues in the world.
Whoever said predictions were a problem for these folks.
This match has some novelty to it due to fresh experiences. Two caretaker managers will be taking charge of their respective teams while both new bosses watch on from the stands, sussing out their new crop of players they will be working with.
Strange times for Everton and Arsenal
Both teams have endured a slow and rocky start to 2019-2020 EPL campaign. This has led to the inevitable sacking of both Marco Silva and Unai Emery. The latter was the first to go, and the former more recently.
Since the departures of both men, the duo has experienced different results. Under caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson the home side has gained some ground in the EPL and was just unlucky in their EFL Cup attempt, getting knocked out by Leicester City following a nervy penalty shootout.
Arsenal on the other, showing the same form that got their manager sacked, expressing how deep their problems root in the club. Gladly, one of their other old school heroes of the Wenger era and the record-breaking Man City era, under the guidance of world great, Pep Guardiola is ready to take on the huge problems at Arsenal.
Leading up to this banger
In short sight (very short sight), Everton should be taking all the points. After their Merseyside wake up call, they’ve gone two games without a loss. Those fixtures were against Chelsea and Man United.
Four points collected from games they were expected to lose emphatically and not gather any points. Safe to say, they are experiencing a purple patch of form and taking the Gunners on at Goodison Park will count favourably for them.
Arsenal has seen better days and really are crying out loud for better days to come back. It will surely come under the guidance of Mikel Arteta, but how long will it take to get these big guns firing without any misfires?
Freddie Ljungberg has been at the helm for four Premier League outings. They’ve lost two of those, won one, and shared the points in the other. This displays how desperate they were to change the direction of the club.
If Everton takes all the spoils from this Arsenal outing, they will go one point behind them and will be right on track for the Ancelotti takeover. With all being said and what’s going on at the clubs at the moment, a draw is the best result I see happening.