Sunday’s Premier League football matches are two interesting ties, as Everton take on Wolves and Arsenal host Tottenham.
Wolves just pipped Everton for a place in this year’s Europa League last season and the pair were joint favourites with the bookies in the without the big-six market at the beginning of this season.
Later in the afternoon, Arsenal will be trying to regain the supremacy they used to enjoy over bitter North London rivals Tottenham, who have finished above them in each of the last three seasons.
Check out stats, analysis, and free tips for Everton vs Wolves and Arsenal vs Tottenham.
Everton vs Wolves Analysis
14:00 Kick Off
Everton scored 54 points last season to finish eighth, and four points from their opening three games suggests they’re heading for a similar total. However, having scored just one goal in those three games against Crystal Palace, Watford, and Aston Villa, they’ll need to find their shooting boots against a Wolves side that ranks above those three teams.
But it’s far too soon to be writing Everton off, as the Toffees were much better at home than away last season. They won 34 points at home compared to 20 on the road, winning 10, drawing four, and losing five of their home matches.
Wolves were slightly better than Everton on their travels, winning amassing 23 points with 6 away wins and 5 draws.
Wolves currently trail Everton by one point after opening the season with three draws. A point at Leicester on the opening day of the season was a good one, but they’ve since ridden their luck at home against both Manchester United and Burnley. A missed penalty by Manchester United meant Wolves managed to avoid defeat two weeks ago, whilst they needed a last gasp penalty against a rejuvenated Burnley to claim a point last week.
Arsenal vs Tottenham Analysis
16:30 Kick Off
The latest edition of the North London Derby starts with Arsenal sitting two points above Tottenham in the Premier League. Arsenal manager Unai Emery has spent wisely over the summer and his big signings Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe could easily fire the Gunners to a Champions League spot their fans desire this season.
Arsenal may have been outclassed by an established Liverpool team last weekend, but Emery’s new signings showed plenty of promise against the Champions League winners and will surely continue to improve as the new players form a better understanding of each other. Arsenal also started the season brightly with wins against Newcastle and Burnley and, whilst those two wins were expected, Newcastle and Burnley have both performed creditably since.
Arsenal will have been especially pleased to have seen Newcastle beat Tottenham at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium last week and an Arsenal win here would see them put five points between themselves and their bitter North London rivals in the chase for a Champions League spot for next season.
It’s hard to know what to make of Tottenham so far. Mauricio Pochettino also strengthened his squad over the summer, but Spurs needed three late goals to beat Villa and were handed a point against Manchester City only thanks to an intervention by VAR. They then managed to turn 80% possession into just two shots on target and ultimately a 1-0 defeat against Newcastle last week.
The gut feeling is Arsenal have started the season better than Tottenham and have the potential to get even better as the season progresses. It’s also notable that Arsenal have won their last two at home against Tottenham, winning 4-2 last season and 2-0 the season before. Arsenal also had the third best home record in the Premier League last season, winning 14 of their 19 games.