Arsenal go head-to-head with Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday aiming to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to seven matches.
The Gunners head into the weekend 10th in the standings, seven points adrift of fourth placed Chelsea with 12 games to play.
Three points this weekend would take Arsenal above Everton and keep them within touching distance of a European place.
With Manchester City’s UEFA ban opening the possibility of the team finishing fifth qualifying for the Champions League, there is still plenty to play for this season.
Arteta slowly making his mark at Arsenal
Arsenal are priced at Evens to beat Everton and there will be plenty of punters using one of these free bets to back them to do just that.
They produced a spirited second half performance to run out 4-0 winners against Newcastle United last weekend and will be confident of following up against the Toffees.
Manager Mikel Arteta’s tactical changes at half-time worked a treat, and he will be eager to see a similar performance when they face Everton.
Full-backs Bukayo Saka and Hector Bellerin were the key to the victory, piling forward at every opportunity to put the Gunners on the front foot.
Everton are likely to provide a much tougher test, but these are the type of games Arsenal must win if they want to qualify for the Champions League.
Everton heading the right way under Ancelotti
Carlo Ancelotti has transformed Everton’s fortunes since taking over as manager, guiding them up the league table to within five points of the top four.
They head to the Emirates on the back of a five-game unbeaten run and will believe they can enhance that record this weekend.
Ancelotti has improved Everton’s defence, with the team conceding just nine league goals since the Italian was appointed.
He has also handed the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison more freedom to express themselves further forward, and the pair have rewarded him with some fine performances.
Despite their recent improvement the Toffees have won just three times on the road this season and Arsenal will hope to take full advantage at the Emirates.
Gunners out to hammer home superiority
Arsenal haven’t been beaten by Everton at home since 1996 and they look a good bet to extend that run this weekend.
The Gunners have lost just one of their eight league outings under Arteta and his work on the training pitch appears to be paying dividends.
His tactical acumen came to the fore against Newcastle last weekend and a similar performance should be good enough to see off Everton.