EVE vs ARS Dream 11: Rejuvenated Arsenal take on Everton at Goodison Park
Two sides beginning a new era under respectives coaches to clash on Saturday in the matchweek 18 opening game at Goodison Park. Mikel Arteta who was announced as the Gunners Head Coach is expected to take charge immediately, whereas the Saturday fixture would see Everton’s caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson in action.
Duncan Ferguson has already helped the Toffees earn four points in their last two EPL fixtures against Manchester United and Chelsea. Last minute heroics against Leicester City in the Carabao Cup quarter finals has certainly boosted Ferguson & Co’s confidence to take on wounded Arsenal. Finding themselves just three points above the relegation zone, Ancelotti’s move would be a last throw of the dice for the home team.
On the other hand, Arsenal who failed to turn things around under Freddie Ljungberg would hope for a stability under Arteta. Arteta who has bravely walked his way in as the Gunners head coach will have to build new strategies to get his new side back to winning ways. Since October 2019 Arsenal have managed only three wins in the EPL and also lost the same fixture earlier this year in April.
Injuries: Theo Walcott (Calf Injury), Morgan Schneiderlin (Calf Injury) Fabian Delph (Hamstring)
Doubtful: Lucas Digne (Muscle), Djibril Sidibe & Gylfi Sigurdsson (both Illness)
Injuries: Dani Ceballos (Hamstring Injury), Saed Kolasinac (Ankle Injury), Kieran Tierney (Shoulder Injury)
Suspension: Sokratis Papastathopoulos (One Match)
Doubtful: Hector Bellerin (Hamstring), Rob Holding (Knee), Mesut Ozil (Foot)
Predicted Line Ups
Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Baines, Holgate, Davies, Iwobi, Richarlison Bernard/Sigurdsson and Calvert-Lewin
Arsenal: Leno, Chambers, Mustafi, Luiz, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Torreira, Xhaka, Pepe, Lacazette and Aubameyang
English Premier League 2019-20
Match: Everton vs Arsenal
Date and Time: 21st December, Saturday 06:00 PM IST
Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool, England
Everton: Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin and Bernard/Sigurdsson
Arsenal: Lacazette, Aubameyang and Torreira
EVE vs ARS Dream 11 Goalkeeper
Jordan Pickford has had mammoth 73 saves in all competitions this season. With 3 clean sheets Pickford will have a home ground advantage on Saturday. I feel Everton at the moment has a better defensive unit as compared to injury hit Arsenal; this would work in favour of Pickford to keep the goal count as low as possible.
EVE vs ARS Dream 11 Defenders
Djibril Sidibe who has had 11 clearances and an average of 4.1 tackles per game is my first choice of defenders, but since he is down with illness and is doubtful for Saturday’s game I am forced to go with Michael Keane, Calum Chambers and Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Keane has already scored and assisted a goal in the EPL this season, to add to his contribution he has also completed 638 passes and has made 57 clearances.
Chambers has scored a goal in the EPL and has managed to complete 691 passes along with his 34 clearances for Arsenal in his 12 appearances. Maitland-Niles in his 8 appearances has assisted 2 goals, completed 396 passes and cleared dangerous attacks on 19 occasions. In case Sidibe starts I would swap him with Maitland-Niles.
EVE vs ARS Dream 11 Midfielders
As Sigurdsson is doubtful to start on Saturday I would bring in Bernard. The Brazil international has scored twice and assisted once for the home team and has completed 210 passes in his 11 appearances. Richarlison, another talented Brazilian is an obvious choice for me in his 17 EPL appearances this season he has scored 6 goals and assisted 2 goals; 3 out of his 6 goals have been scored at Goodison Park.
Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira will have added responsibilities as Arsenal start with a vulnerable defensive unit. Guendouzi in his 16 EPL appearances this season has completed staggering 968 passes, assisted a goal and has cleared 22 dangerous attacks for the Gunners.
Torreira’s performances away from home has been Talismanic for Arsenal, he has scored in an away game already, with 91.2 passing percentage the young Uruguay international has completed 381 passes in the EPL this season.
EVE vs ARS Dream 11 Forwards
Domnic Calvert-Lewin has scored 5 goals this season; with an average of 1.8 shots per game, Calvert-Lewin has had 11 shots in his last 3 appearances as compared to 13 shots in first 14 appearances in EPL.
With an average of 1.8 shots per game Alexander Lacazette has scored 5 goals and assisted 1 in his 10 appearances so far. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has carried Arsenal throughout this season. 7 out of 11 goals scored this season have been away from home for the Gabon striker. Aubameyang has scored 86% of Arsenal’s away goals.
EVE vs ARS Dream 11 Captain and Vice Captain
With a staggering record this season in all competitions Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a go-getter for Arsenal, who has scored 2 times in the last 3 matches against Everton. Richarlison has been in terrific form for the hosts, he has scored 3 times in the last 4 matches. Considering the stats Aubameyang would be the Captain and Richarlison would be the Vice-Captain of my team.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.