Two sides who are on the verge of bringing in new permanent bosses, Everton will look to pile more pressure onto the Gunners when Arsenal make the trip to Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime.
While the Blues may have seen their EFL Cup dreams come to an end thanks to a penalty shootout against Leicester on Merseyside, they have taken points off of both Manchester United and Chelsea since appointing caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson.
On the flip side, while Everton might have their sights set on widening their buffer over the drop zone, Saturday’s guests find themselves in the midst of a real crisis.
Hit with a 3-0 defeat against Manchester City in North London last week, the Londoners have remarkably recorded just a single Premier League victory in their last nine attempts and they will also be concerned by their most recent meeting against the Toffees.
When the two sides met back in April, Everton picked up an impressive 1-0 victory at Goodison and a similar outcome can be found at 11/8 with Paddy Power.
Ancelotti waiting in the wings
While a woeful run of form may have found Everton open December at the heart of a relegation scrap and seeing Marco Silva removed from his position in the Goodison dugout, the mood on the blue half of Merseyside appears to be on the rise.
Shocking many across Europe by it being announced that former Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti is set to take over before the end of the weekend, the Blues now have their sights set on causing another upset on home soil.
While they may have been disappointed to have not come out on top against both Leicester and Manchester United in their last two appearances, Everton have found a much-needed spark under temporary boss Duncan Ferguson.
Still boosted by their eye-catching 3-1 win over top-four contenders Chelsea on home soil a fortnight ago, one man who Ancelotti should be looking forward to working with is leading marksman, Richarlison.
Finding the net in their victory over Chelsea earlier in the month, the Brazil international has continued to shine since signing a new deal at Goodison and has four goals in his last seven top-flight outings.
You might be interested to know that the 22-year-old can be found priced at 8/5 with Ladbrokes to extend on that tally this weekend.
Mikel Arteta – Arsenal’s saviour?
Much like Saturday’s hosts, Arsenal are another outfit that appear on the verge of announcing a new permanent boss at the Emirates.
With it expected that Pep Guardiola’s #2 and former Gunners captain Mikel Arteta is set to take over the vacant role in North London, the former Premier League champions are in somewhat of a crisis mode.
Despite picking up a 3-1 win away at fellow strugglers West Ham earlier in the month, the Reds came crashing back down to earth with a 3-0 hammering at home against Manchester City last weekend.
With just one win to their name since the 6th of October and enduring their worst run in recent memory, Arsenal’s huge problem over the past two months has come down to some glaring issues at the back.
Saturday’s guests have remarkably recorded just a single clean sheet in any of their previous 15 top-flight appearances and they have also shipped at least a pair of strikes in five of their last six outings.
With only their goal difference keeping them in the top half of the table, the Gunners can be found at 5/6 with William Hill to once again ship over 1.5 goals on their travels this weekend.