By Saikat Mandal

5th Dec, 2021 | 7:10am

Sky Sports expert predicts Everton clash v Arsenal

Everton will face Arsenal in their Premier League clash on Monday night at Goodison Park.

Ahead of the match, Sky Sports expert Lewis Jones has predicted a 1-0 defeat for the Toffees.

The Merseyside club are without a win in their last eight games in the Premier League, and Rafa Benitez is under tremendous pressure.

The Toffees are heading into this game on the back of a 4-1 humiliating defeat against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby.

“Everton have not won in their last eight Premier League games, since a 2-0 win vs Norwich in September,” wrote Jones for Sky Sports.

“They have only once gone nine successive Premier League games without a win. Benitez can have little complaints about results either based on the key performance data.

“It’s hard to see Everton finding a way through the Arsenal defence in this one. Despite shipping seven goals in their last two away games, Arsenal’s overall defensive performances against teams outside the ‘big six’ have been impressive.

“Newcastle, Leicester, Watford, Brighton, Leeds and Burnley all failed to score – and Everton, who remain without Dominic Calvert-Lewin, could go the same way. It could be time for Big Dunc to save the day.”

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Benitez will be without the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Yerry Mina once again for this game.

Salomon Rondon could also be missing with an injury, and it remains to be seen how the Toffees shape up against the Gunners.

Benitez has been backed by Farhad Moshiri citing injuries as the main reason behind the drop of form, but the result needs to improve.

The Spaniard has used injury problems as an excuse for Everton’s poor performance, but there are suggestions that he is struggling to get the best out of the players at the moment.

Against Liverpool, the home fans vented their frustration. Fans chanted “sack the board”, with the message being very clear that such mediocrity won’t be tolerated.

Everton defeated the Gunners twice in the league last season. This time, it will take a massive collective effort to turn the situation around.

In other Everton news, the board have held an emergency meeting about the current situation.

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