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Premier League midweek review: Arsenal right back on track

Wednesday was an important one for Premier League pacesetters Arsenal and Mikel Arteta's troops passed their latest test with flying colours as joined Liverpool in avenging a recent defeat. 

Just four teams were in action in the Premier League on Wednesday but it was an evening that had ramifications at both ends of the table as the Gunners beat Everton 4-0 at the Emirates, while top-four chasing Liverpool gained revenge for last month's 3-0 defeat at Molineux by beating Wolves 2-0 in the return game.

So, let's take a look at the big talking points and how they can provide betting pointers for us over the remainder of the season.

Arsenal showing no signs of letting up

Their comprehensive victory over the Toffees means Arsenal have a five-point lead over Manchester City and the Gunners are 10/11 to finish at the top of the table.

On the evidence provided on Wednesday, there seems a good chance they will not slip up and, in fact, it could be said they have got over their wobble.

Those two late goals at Aston Villa that gave them a 4-2 victory a couple of weeks ago look like a turning point as they had taken one point from their previous three matches, and have since built on their Villa Park success with two comfortable wins.

There is much to like about this Gunners side, where round pegs fit round holes.

Gabriel Martinelli scored twice against Everton to take his season's tally into double figures and characters like Jorginho and Oleksandr Zinchenko are bringing valuable experience to the run-in.

Their position could soon be stronger too, with their next four home matches against Bournemouth, who they face on Saturday in a game the Gunners are 1/5 to win, Crystal Palace, Leeds and Southampton.

That could give them a greater cushion by the time they face three key games in ten days, starting on 26th April, when they have a trio of challenges at Manchester City and Newcastle with a home clash against Chelsea in between.

So, for now at least, everything is looking rosy for Mikel Arteta's side.

Goal-shy Everton back in big trouble

Everton appear to be back at square one following an initial rejuvenation under new manager Sean Dyche and there could be plenty of takers for the 1/1 available about them playing in the Championship next season.

The Toffees have scored just 17 goals in their 25 league games and only six in their last 13 outings - only West Ham and Wolves have conceded fewer goals than them in the bottom eight,. However., they have found the net just twice in Dyche's five matches at the helm.

And what should be of big concern to their followers is the fixtures that remain in their final 13 games of the campaign.

They finish their campaign with matches against Wolves and Bournemouth, but just three of their others are against teams in the bottom half, starting with a massive trip to Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

The Toffees are 8/11 to still be playing in the Premier League next season but that is anything but a foregone conclusion.

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Reds firmly back in the Champions League chase

Much was made of Liverpool's Champions League capitulation against Real Madrid last week, but the fact Jurgen Klopp's team have got their act together domestically seems to have slipped under the radar.

The 2-0 win they posted against Wolves on Wednesday was their fourth successive league clean sheet - a centre-back partnership of Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate has provided more stability - and they have taken ten points from their last 12 available.

That run has taken the Reds up to sixth, six points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with a game in hand on the London outfit, who have to visit Anfield next month.

Newcastle are two points ahead of Klopp's outfit and it looks an intriguing betting heat to qualify to reach the top four with Spurs 5/4, the Magpies 13/8 and Liverpool available at 2/1.

Sunday's game against Manchester United is always significant but should provide a good indicator as to how realistic gaining a Champions League berth will be.

The Reds are 7/5 to get the better of their rivals while Erik ten Hag's team are 9/5 to gain three points. The draw is available at 13/5.

Time is of the essence for Wolves

Wolves had drawn at Anfield in the FA Cup but were unable to provide much of an answer to two quick-fire goals from Virgil van Dijk and Mo Salah and their lack of goals has to be a concern for manager Julen Lopetegui.

Remarkably, it's now almost a year since an out and out striker last netted for the Molineux outfit and they are 23/10 to beat Tottenham on Saturday in another game where they might just struggle to ascertain too much control.

They have allowed themselves to be dragged back into trouble and will probably be mindful that two of their final three games of the season are trips to Manchester United and Arsenal.

Wolves are 10/3 to go down, but need to go on a run to put any relegation worries to bed.

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