Arsenal vs. Everton: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Mesut Oezil of Arsenal celebrates as he scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Norwich City at Emirates Stadium on October 19, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Contenders around the Premier League are waiting for Arsenal to slip up. Clubs like Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are among the group that needs the Gunners to suffer a drop in form to catch up, but it hasn't happened yet as they prepare to face Everton.

Arsenal, which hold a four-point edge atop the table, are currently riding a four-match winning streak across all competitions, outscoring opponents 9-0 over that span. They are about to enter a difficult stretch, starting with Everton, that should show if they are a championship-caliber side.

The Toffees have been the league's toughest team to beat so far, with just one loss in 14 matches. They should also be feeling confident after emerging from Old Trafford with a win over Manchester United and will look to double up on the marquee road wins at the Emirates.

So let's take a glance at all the important information for Sunday's clash, followed by a breakdown of the top storyline and a match prediction.

 

Where: Emirates Stadium in London, England

When: Sunday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. ET (4 p.m. GMT)

Watch: NBC Sports Network and Sky Sports 1

Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra

 

Match Forecast (via Bloomberg Sports)

Arsenal: 45.9 percent

Everton: 27.9 percent

Draw: 26.2 percent

 

Top Storyline: Can Arsenal maintain their edge atop the Premier League table?

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01:  Olivier Giroud of Arsenal celebrates victory after the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 01, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Coming into the campaign, Arsenal was among the group expected to battle for a Champions League berth after a strong finish to last season. Not many people expected them to stand four points clear of every other club as the halfway mark approached, though.

For weeks, the expectation has been the Gunners will eventually cool off, allowing the other title hopefuls to make a charge and potentially even pass the leaders by. Instead, Arsene Wenger's group deserves a lot of credit for fighting hard for every point—and it's paid off, at least so far.

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 30:  Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal (16) is congratulated by Nacho Monreal as he scores their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Arsenal at Cardiff City Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Cardiff,
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Wenger was under a lot of pressure during the summer. The other top clubs were wheeling and dealing, making additions to bolster their squad while Arsenal remained quiet. For quite some time, Yaya Sanogo was the only incoming transfer.

The turning point was bringing in Mesut Ozil, who's made a seamless transition to the Premier League. His success alongside fellow midfielders Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla paired with the finishing of Olivier Giroud has turned Arsenal into a true title contender.

Whether Arsenal can hold off Chelsea and Manchester City for the entire campaign is up for debate. Both of those squads are loaded with talent and appear ready to pounce if the Gunners even go through just a brief lull. Manchester United are still capable of making a run, too.

For Arsenal to finish the season on top, matches against clubs like Everton are crucial, especially at home. A draw would be acceptable, but three points would provide a nice boost to their case of being the best team in the league.

 

Prediction

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30:  Tim Howard, Goalkeeper of Everton celebrates the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Stoke City at Goodison Park on November 30, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Get
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Arsenal have showcased some really good form in recent weeks, but Everton is a clear step up from Cardiff and Hull. Tim Howard and the Toffees' back line are playing really well, and Romelu Lukaku is a force in the attacking third when he gets enough touches.

The Gunners must do everything in their power to control possession and the pace of the match, keeping Everton from creating consistent chances on the counter. It should lead to a tightly contested match and a league-leading seventh draw for the Toffees.

Arsenal 1, Everton 1