Arsene Wenger will have mopped the sweat from his furrowed brow following Arsenal’s fraught FA Cup semi-final win over Wigan, but the Gunners are now uneasy favourites at 7/10 to finish in the top-four ahead of Everton after yet another win for Roberto Martinez’s men.
The Toffees’ 1-0 triumph at Sunderland saw them leapfrog Arsenal into a two-point lead for the last Champions League spot and given the sides’ respective form in 2014, the 11/10 about Everton finishing no lower than fourth looks an absolute steal.
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Everton’s victory against Sunderland was their seventh in the league on the bounce and they’ve won 11 of their last 12 matches at Goodison Park.
Only neighbours and Premier League leaders Liverpool can match Everton’s form since the start of March, with the Merseyside duo racking up the maximum 21 points each during that time.
The Toffees’ spectacular home record this term – they’ve lost just once on their own patch in all competitions – should prove a huge asset between now and the end of the campaign, as three of their last five matches are at Goodison Park.
Conversely, Arsene Wenger’s side have won just three of their last 11 Premier League matches and five of their last 16 in all competitions.
After going top of the table with three Premier League wins out of three at the start of 2014, Arsenal’s title challenge has sunk without trace following a run of fixtures from which they’ve claimed just 12 points out of 33 available.
Having been taken all the way to penalties by the Latics, Arsenal must somehow find the energy to see off West Ham at the Emirates, or risk falling further behind.
No Premier League side has more injury worries than Arsenal right now, with Lukas Podolski, Nacho Monreal and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain the latest fitness concerns following the dramatic Wembley win.
Irons’ boss Sam Allardyce will be licking his lips at the prospect of facing a tired Arsenal team already shorn of Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshire and Theo Walcott.
West Ham look a big price at 6/1 to boost Everton’s top-four hopes by downing Arsenal at the Emirates, considering the east enders have won two of their last four on the road.