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

Arsenal's Mesut Özil, fights for the ball with Everton's John Stones and James McCarthy, during their FA Cup quarterfinal soccer match, at Emirates Stadium, in London, Saturday, March 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Bogdan Maran)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistApril 6, 2014

Arsenal travel to Goodison Park this weekend hoping to distance themselves from an Everton side that is applying uncomfortable pressure on the Gunners in the chase for a Champions League spot.

While Arsenal have failed to win any of their last three outings, Roberto Martinez's men are enjoying a four-match winning streak.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08:  Carl Jenkinson of Arsenal is closed down by  James McCarthy of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on December 8, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Rega
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That being said, one has to cast his eye back as far as 2007 to find the last time that Everton triumphed over their north London foes at home in league competition, with the last three league encounters between the two ending in draws.

Read on for a preview of the upcoming clash, as well as all the essential viewing information to make sure you don't miss a minute.

 

Date: Sunday, April 6

Time: 1:30 p.m. BST/8:30 a.m. ET

Broadcast: Sky Sports 1 (U.K.), NBC Sports Network (U.S.)

Stream: Sky Go app (subscription required), NBC Live Extra (subscription required)

 

Top Storylines

Ramsey's Return

After a lengthy three-and-a-half-month absence, Aaron Ramsey will return to the Arsenal squad this weekend, according to BBC Sport.

Arsene Wenger announced the comeback in his pre-match notes, giving a major boost to all Gunners hoping to see the return of the man who gave their title chances such a push in the first half of the season.

It's highly unlikely that Ramsey will play any part in his club's starting line-up, but Squawka shows exactly why the north Londoners can be upbeat about his potential reintroduction:

The Welshman has never lost against Everton in his career, per Transfermarkt, making for some good omens ahead of the Merseyside clash.

 

Top-Four Tide Turning for Toffees?

The notion that this is the closest Premier League season to date has no clearer evidence to support its case than at the top of the division, where the margins between English giants are tighter than ever.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 30:  Manager Roberto Martinez of Everton celebrates victory after the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Everton at Craven Cottage on March 30, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Just four points separate fourth-placed Arsenal from Everton, one place below, and considering the Toffees have a game in hand, a win this Sunday would put Martinez's side in the driving seat for Champions League qualification.

This weekend's Merseyside hosts won't be counting any chickens ahead of the encounter, but should Everton wish to feature among Europe's elite next season, this is undoubtedly a make-or-break match.

 

Key Battle

Seamus Coleman vs. Lukas Podolski

Seamus Coleman's meteoric rise to Premier League prominence has gone through a turbo-charged period this season, with his reputation soaring to that of arguably the division's most consistent player in his position.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 29:  Lukas Podolski of Arsenal reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on March 29, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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And although the Gunners have stars of their own, Coleman's particular skill set is one that will need to be watched this weekend, with Lukas Podolski required to contribute some more defensive nuance on his travels.

The German will need to help out either Kieran Gibbs or Nacho Monreal—each coping with varying degrees of injury at the moment—in the left-back role.

Though he has since been matched by Martin Skrtel, the official Premier League Twitter account shows just how influential a figure Coleman has been in attack this season:

Should Monreal, Gibbs, Podolski or any combination of the three show weakness against their Irish opponent, he's likely to expose it, giving Everton a fine foundation to launch from down their right flank.

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