Everton host Arsenal on Wednesday night as the Toffees attempt to cool the streaking Gunners at Goodison Park in Premier League action.
Arsenal have not lost a Premier League match since Jan. 22, when they fell at home in a hotly contested match against Manchester United. Much of the club's success can be attributed to the impressive play of Robin van Persie, who has emerged as perhaps the best goal scorer in the world outside of Lionel Messi.
The Arsenal centre backs have been particularly strong in recent weeks, while the midfielders have provided a steady presence for the Gunners. In five of the past six games, Arsene Wenger's squad has dominated ball possession.
With the exception of a 3-0 thumping to local rival Liverpool, Everton have been quite successful in recent weeks, as well. The Toffees have wins against Tottenham, Chelsea, and Manchester City in their past six matches, to go along with a pair of draws.
David Moyes's squad succeed without a superstar outfield player. Everton have no player with four goals this season, and have five players who have tallied three goals.
A player to watch for Mikel Arteta. The Arsenal midfielder spent about half his professional career with the Toffees.
The two clubs met at Emirates Stadium on Dec. 10, with van Persie scoring the lone goal of the match for the victorious Gunners.
The match kicks off at 8:00 pm London time, or 4:00 PM ET (New York). A live stream is available at FoxSoccer2Go, with a subscription.
D: Hibbert, Distin, Jagielka, Baines
M: Coleman, Fellaini, Neville, Piennar, Cahill
D: Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs
M: Song, Arteta, Rosicky, Walcott, Chamberlain
F: Van Persie
PREDICTION: This match has all the makings of a classic, as the Toffees have been giant killers lately, and the Gunners have been playing like giants. Expect Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott to have strong games on the wings, and to give van Persie plenty of chances. The Everton full backs will need a big game as Arsenal are rested and determined.
PREDICTED SCORE: Arsenal over Everton, 3-2