Everton’s meeting with Arsenal represents not just a hugely significant battle in the war for the fourth and final Champions League spot, but a skirmish between two of the Premier League’s best second-half sides.
Only Manchester City average more points in a league table based solely on the closing stanza than the sides who will take to the Goodison Park stage on the Sabbath.
For the guests the game offers an opportunity to place a foot on the heads of those trying to assume their privileged position, for the hosts victory will bring the prospect a step closer to reality.
Either way the match will be imbued with an extra intensity, one which will only increase the second-half’s tinderbox tendencies.
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More goals in the second half @ 6/5
It’s perhaps hardly surprising given Everton’s emphasis on dominating possession under Roberto Martinez that they make most hay after giving their foes the run-around for the first 45 minutes.
A whopping 71 per cent of their league goals have come after the interval this term.
The Gunners are similarly biased towards saving their strikes until after the recess with 66 per cent of their league tally registered in minutes 45-90.
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Over 1.5 second-half goals @ 6/5
Toffees fans will know better than to fill up on pie during the intermission, lest the lure of sleep rob them of the chance to witness a bonanza of strikes.
Their last five outings all hopped the 1.5 goal barrier in the second period, with all bar one of those serving up three or more strikes during that timeframe.
Arsenal’s last three outings have each seen second-half goals scored with at least two notched in two of those three face-offs.