First place Arsenal welcome 18th placed Everton to north London tonight in a very important game for both title and relegation battles.
When is Arsenal v Everton?
The game will be played on Wednesday the 1st of March at 7.45pm. It will be held in the Emirates Stadium.
FIFA'S blackout rule suggests that each league can ban broadcasting of live football for a period of time of 2h30 each week. This match was chosen by the Premier League to be in that 2h30 slot time. It will therefore not be televised in the UK or Ireland..
Both teams enter this tie, hoping that they can secure points to help them in both of their races. Mikel Arteta's Arsenal will hope to extend their lead at the top of the league. Everton, on their side, can go from 18th place (relegation) to 15th place if they beat the Gunners.
The team from North London bounced back from a bad series of games winning only two out of their last five games.
Mikel Arteta's men will try and get a third consecutive league win. This would give them three more points and put them on 60pts, five points clear of second place Manchester City.
Many fans, players and members of Arsenal finally believe they can win the league for the first time in 20 years. Mikel Arteta has a lot of pressure and will have to support it for this final part of this Premier League season.
Arsenal played Everton three weeks ago in the 22nd round of the league. The North London side lost 1-0 in Goodison Park. Sean Dyche's first game as the manager of the Toffees was a real miracle.
The Gunners are now in a two match winning streak with victories away from home against Aston Villa (4-2) and Leicester (1-0).
Arsenal will play without Gabriel Jesus and Mohamed Elneny both unavailable due to injury. Both players sustained knee injuries.
Since the appointment of new coach Sean Dyche, the Toffees have won two games and lost two games. It is not the best record for a manager but before Dyche's appointment, Everton did not win a match in ten games (cup games included). Nevertheless, the relegation battle is very tight with only nine points in between last placed Bournemouth and 12th placed Crystal Palace.
The game tonight would allow Everton to get out of the relegation zone. Their win against Leeds, with a splendid goal by Irish player Seamus Coleman, allowed them to move out of the relegation zone. However, a week later they lost to Aston Villa and went straight back down to the bottom three.
The last game for Sean Dyche's men was a 2-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa. With more shots than there opponents, it was their poor finishing that cost Everton the win on Saturday.
Everton will have to do without striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin and winger Andros Townsend. Calvert-Lewin suffered a thigh injury whilst Townsend sustained a knee injury.
For every step forward they make, Everton make ten steps backwards and they will quickly need to fix that if they want to remain in the top tier of English football next season