Everton v Arsenal
Stadium: Goodison Park – Liverpool, England
Competition: English Premier League
Date: 15 August 2009
Kickoff: 18:00 BST, 17:30 GMT, 11:00 EST
The English Premier League begins its 2009-10 season this Saturday and one of the featured matches will Everton v Arsenal. The two teams have been finished last season at 4th and 5th respectively in the Premier League. Live coverage will begin about 15 minutes before kick-off.
Everton are one of the clubs looking to break into the top 4 this season but will need to prove their ready to take that step with the season opener against Arsenal. The Liverpool club has not made many changes from last season’s side and have been anchored by goalkeeper Tim Howard and defender Joleon Lescott. Arsenal has had several changes in the offseason, including losing Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure to Manchester City. The defense was solidified with the addition of Thomas Varmaelen but will Arsenal be able to replace Adebayor?
The first week of any league is hard to predict as most clubs have only played 5-10 matches in preseason. Everton has lost four of their last five season openers at home while Arsenal have not lost in their season opening match since 2000. Arsenal will struggle with Adebayor but still have enough quality to get a win. Everton are a solid team that plays disciplined football. It should be a close match between two solid teams but Everton has the advantage as Howard is a better goalkeeper Almunia.
So, who will win the match? Can Everton get off to a strong start and break into the top four or will Arsenal win on the road? Live coverage will begin about 15 minutes before kick-off.