Everton hosts Arsenal at Goddison Park and will look to correct recent missteps that saw valuable points slip away in the closing minutes of the last few matches.
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To help Everton and manager David Moyes in their quest for full points in this match will be the team's top goal scorer, Marouane Fellaini, who served a 1-game suspension after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season. Tony Hibbert could also make an appearance on the pitch after watching the previous match against Norwich on Saturday.
Victor Anichebe and Kevin Mirallas are both expected to return from hamstring injuries, but they are expected to start the match on the sidelines while Phil Neville remains out after undergoing surgery.
For Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, he will be focused on gaining full points from this match as his side has managed to earn only a single point in their previous three away league ties. The Gunners, however, were able to beat and 10-man Tottenham side 5-2 and qualify from their Champions League group during that same period.
Arsenal will also be better offensively given that forward Theo Walcott has recovered from a shoulder problem. Unfortunately, several regular starters remain out including midfielder Tomas Rosicky, who is back in full training after his injury lay-off, but will not be available for today's match.
Also, defender Andre Santos remains out, while midfielder Abou Diaby continues to recover from injury. Arsenal's recent play has produced vocal disappointment from fans, but the players seem to have their managers back.
"They can say whatever they want, If they feel that way, it has to be respected. I think [Wenger's] got experience and he knows the club better than anyone. He knows the players really well and he knows what he can get in the future for us," Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta told reporters during a press conference.
Kick-off for the match is at 2:45 ET and can be watched online here.