EPL Soccer Picks for Arsenal vs. Everton: Bet Giroud & the Gunners to Break Everton on Sunday's Matchup

Lee Phelps

Thursday, February 26, 2015 6:59 PM GMT

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 6:59 PM GMT

Arsenal will be keen to put their disastrous Champions League result behind them when struggling Everton come to town. Will William Hill's Lee Phelps trust the Gunners at the odds? Read on to see his free picks.

Arsenal suffered another one of those nights in Europe this week, losing 3-1 to Monaco at the Emirates. The same Monaco that only score four goals in all their group games! I previewed the game on The Punt podcast and said I couldn’t trust Arsenal at soccer odds-on so tipped Olivier Giroud to score at 2.0 (Evs). How he didn’t find the back of the net I’m not sure.

This weekend the Gunners welcome Everton to town and must be targeting all three points to maintain their top four spot and get back into the Champions League again, because their run in the competition looks to be over this season.

 

Arsenal
A few weeks ago pundits and Arsene Wenger alike were calling Alexis Sanchez the ‘new’ Luis Suarez. The former Barca player who cost £32m was providing assists and goals in equal measure, now he is struggling to produce the same form.

Sanchez hasn’t scored since Arsenal's 3-0 victory over Stoke City six weeks ago at the Emirates Stadium, when he netted a brace and provided Laurent Koscielny with an assist for the third goal.

The Chile international has since failed to score in his following six appearances, including Wednesday’s humiliating defeat against Monaco.

Sanchez was missing from the scorers' sheet in Premier League games against Manchester City, Leicester City and Crystal Palace, despite Arsenal winning each game, while he missed the London derby against Tottenham and the 5-0 victory over Aston Villa due to injuries.

It is a run that hasn’t gone unnoticed in Chile where newspaper El Mercurio said: "Alexis played the full 90 minutes without too much shine. He started on the left side, then went to the right and to the centre of the attack before finishing as the number 10. He was incisive but, as it happened since the start of 2015, coinciding with a knee injury and the return to action of Ozil, who is overshadowing him, he failed to make the difference as he used to do during the first part of the campaign."

Meanwhile, La Tercera added: "Olivier Giroud, missing during much of 2014 [due to injury], has overshadowed Sanchez a little bit inside the area. Now he is doing a role as an assistant while the French hit man tried to go straight to the net."

Sanchez experienced the same problem during his time at the Camp Nou. Even though, he registered good stats, many Spanish pundits believed he was overshadowed by Lionel Messi and Neymar.

For me and my betting this isn’t a huge problem because I’m trusting Giroud to do against Everton what he couldn’t do against the French opposition this week.

 

Everton
Roberto Martinez men face another tricky return to league action following a Thursday night game this week and, as I predicted in last week’s preview of Everton vs Leicester, they failed to replicate the Europa League form, with an 88th minute own goal their saving grace. They managed a point at home to the bottom club.

Everton have averaged 0.92 points per game on their travels this season in the Premier League and still need three wins or 12 points to be absolutely assured of their top flight existence. Usually what Wenger and Co manage is to build up and return from Europe with strong performances and their home form is very good, losing just two games in the league over the last two seasons, but still I can’t bet on them at a price like 1.55.

 

Soccer picks
Everton needs points or at least a point and that’s what I see Martinez going for. He set his side up for a draw at Chelsea and but for an 89th minute Willian goal, they would have taken one point.

I do think Arsenal will break Everton down though. Rather than backing the win, I’m going to trust Giroud to convert a chance and score in a tight match, so rather than going for him any time, I’m looking at him as first goal scorer at 5.0 (4/1) with my soccer picks.

 

Free soccer pick: Olivier Giroud First Goal scorer 5.0 (4/1)

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