FT: #EFC 1 (2.67 xG)#AFC 0 (0.44)— Infogol (@InfoGolApp) April 7, 2019
Everton win comfortably and will wonder how it wasn’t more. Arsenal were short of ideas throughout and suffer a blow in their chase for top four.#EVEARS shot map https://t.co/mATgbSLZry pic.twitter.com/79isqrA3z5
90+5’ - More chances wasted for the Blues as both Gueye and Davies find themselves in attacking positions.. Arsenal win a late corner that is cleared away and Everton win!!
90’ - Tom Davies is the last change with Sigurdsson going off. He’s put in a shift and a half too, but the missed chances will weight heavily on his shoulders.
Lookman steals the ball away on the left, runs into the box and wins the corner. Blues in no hurry to take this.
88’ - Bernard coming off to a rousing ovation, been sensational today. Ademola Lookman coming on now.
86’ - Monreal now the latest in the book for dissent, Arsenal players losing their minds as Blues win another corner.
Falls to Walcott, blocked for another corner. Zouma header, deflected for another corner. Zouma gets to it again unchallenged, but its high and wide.
82’ - Shkhodran Mustafi is beaten to a loose ball by DCL, and the former Everton defender hauls him down by the touchline. The home crowd are baying for a red, but it’s only a yellow. It was about forty yards away from goal.
79’ - Theo Walcott is coming off for Richarlison - the Brazilian is getting a standing ovation for his efforts today. The former Gunner will be looking to put this game to bed, especially if he gets into the positions Richarlison had done.
Walcott breaks and finds Bernard free on the left, his low shot is straight at Leno who fumbles then gathers the rebound.
74’ - And again! Sigurdsson with a clear sight on goal, shot blocked, falls to Richarlison who makes a mess of it. How have not scored a hatful yet?!
Unai Emery has made his last change, Mesut Ozil off for Alex Iwobi.
71’ - Henrikh Mkhitaryan comes close for Arsenal, getting around Coleman and curling a shot just wide of Pickford’s far post, their best chance so far.
Another fast break and Richarlison’s center falls to Sigurdsson, and his shot is straight at Leno. Goodness me, we need to be out of sight here.
68’ - Blues on the counter again creating chances, two shots on goal both blocked by Sokratis, and then Richarlison curls an attempt wide from the right.
Sokratis the hero for the Gunners again, blocking a Sigurdsson attempt from about 15 yards out for a corner, DCL’s header rolls to Leno.
63’ - Ohh Sigurdsson! Richie gets behind the backline now, his cross is cleared and falls to the Icelander following up outside the box, and hooked way over unfortunately.
59’ - Lacazette got in between Zouma and Jagielka and his header is tame in the end, Pickford gathers. That move has always been a problem for the Blues this season.
On the other side, a poor giveaway sees Bernard through on goal, but he is to close to Leno and the shot is smothered! The rebound pings about for a bit before its cleared away. That was a chance and a half!
53’ - Everton are going into a bit of a defensive shell relying only on long balls forward, giving the visitors more momentum.
50’ - Gomes gets caught on the ball and loses it, brings down his man in the middle and is now in the book too. Blues getting a bit complacent here.
48’ - Gunners making a difference already with a dangerous cross coming into the box that Pickford punches away poorly, and Ramsey’s snap volley is over. Phew.
Second Half - Attacking changes for the Gunners, with El Neni and Kolasinac off, and Aubameyang and Aaron Ramsey on. 4-2-3-1 now, matching the Blues.
45+2’ - It’s 1-0 at the half, and the Blues got off to an early lead and then did enough to hold the ball and frustrate the visitors for the rest of the half. Everton have posed some attacking threat too beyond that goal too, we should be in for a humdinger of a second half.
HT: #EFC 1 (0.87)#AFC 0 (0.03)— Infogol (@InfoGolApp) April 7, 2019
Jagielka converts the game’s best chance (0.64) to give Everton the lead. Arsenal have been poor and limited to one speculative effort.#EVEARS shot map https://t.co/mATgbSLZry pic.twitter.com/d3FxEcfybe
42’ - Richarlison wins a freekick off Nacho Monreal, and Sigurdsson takes it quickly springing Richie down the right, his cross blocked for a corner. Arsenal are furious, but not quite sure what about - the free kick? The quick take? How poor they’ve been?
Guendouzi and Sokratis have both been booked, and continue to find themselves in troublesome positions.
35’ - Everton defending pretty stoutly so far, showing real desire in getting to the 50/50 balls. When the balls has gotten to the box Jordan Pickford has been safe.
30’ - Bernard and Gomes have been showing some incredible touches on the ball so far, playing a huge part in proceedings so far. Blues good value for their lead.
25’ - Now DCL giving Arsenal nightmares. Sigurdsson springs the youngster with a through ball and he is yanked down by Sokratis - yellow card! His workrate has been fantastic early on.
Now DCL and Richarlison combine to get the Brazilian free for a cross down the right. Cleared away, ball falls to Idrissa Gueye who flays it well wide.
23’ - Everton have been giving Arsenal fits on the left wing so far, with Richarlison also making himself available a couple of times for a long diagonal ball.
18’ - Exquisite touch from Bernard springs Andre Gomes, but he is beaten to the ball by Sokratis and there is contact, with the defender going down heavily. GP is very unhappy, and are booing him lustily.
15’ - Some controversy for the goal - it appears Digne’s foot was a few inches over the line as he leaned in to make that long throw - the assistant referee on that side was way away at the halfline, didn’t spot it.
10’ - JAGIELKA!! The club captain has scored! Blues lead 1-0 early.
The deep throw from Digne caused chaos in the box as Jagielka headed it on, Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s flying header ricochets kindly for Jags and he stabs home from close range!
Phil Jagielka wasn't expected to start this match, and now he's given Everton an early 1-0 lead! pic.twitter.com/IvlKxR926N— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) April 7, 2019
5’ - Matteo Guendouzi goes in studs up on Lucas Digne, raking his ankle and stamping on his foot, Goodison outraged and the midfielder gets the first yellow card of the game.
1’ - Everton get us underway here. Even in early exchanges.
Starting Lineups - Marco Silva likes himself an unchanged lineup and that is what we have. Late change though! Appears Michael Keane is unwell and Phil Jagielka goes into the starting lineup.
| An unscheduled change to the starting XI sees Phil Jagielka replace the ill Michael Keane and James McCarthy take his place on the bench.— Everton (@Everton) April 7, 2019
Everton are back at Goodison Park this weekend, and after two good results against London sides will be looking to make it three against visiting Arsenal. The visitors of course have enjoyed some spectacular results against the Blues in recent years, so this will be easier said than done.
Marco Silva had his side playing some compact counterattacking football the last time a top six side visited in Chelsea, so it won’t come as a surprise if the Toffees start off with something similar against the Gunners. He will be wary though because their dynamic 3-4-2-1 formation can turn the tide very quickly and the Blues will need to be at their best in the middle of the pitch taking away space and time like they have done recently.
Date and start time: Sunday, April 7th at 6:05a.m. PT / 9:05a.m ET / 2:05p.m. BST
Weather: 54°F/12°C, cloudy, 1% chance of precipitation, 7 mph winds
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Starting XI: Pickford; Digne, Zouma, Keane, Coleman; Gueye, Gomes; Bernard, Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin
Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Jagielka, Davies, Walcott, Lookman, Tosun
Starting XI: Leno, Sokratis, Elneny, Monreal, Mustafi, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Lacazette.
Subs: Cech, Lichtsteiner, Jenkinson, Ramsey, Suarez, Iwobi, Aubameyang
Everton came out at the Emirates raring to go and ran rings around the hosts for long periods of the first half, but a couple of questionable calls led to two quick goals and the Blues were sunk in the second half.
The last time Arsenal visited Goodison Park the Toffees ended up saying farewell to a manager, as the Gunners romped to a 5-2 win that ended Ronald Koeman’s spell in charge of the Blues early in the 2017-18 season.