Everton v Arsenal, the predictions

 

After a poor run of form in January, Everton have picked up of late…

Date Game Res Score Competition
02 Feb 2019 Everton v Wolverhampton W L 1-3 Premier League
06 Feb 2019 Everton v Manchester City L 0-2 Premier League
09 Feb 2019 Watford v Everton L 1-0 Premier League
26 Feb 2019 Cardiff City v Everton W 0-3 Premier League
03 Mar 2019 Everton v Liverpool D 0-0 Premier League
09 Mar 2019 Newcastle United v Everton L 3-2 Premier League
17 Mar 2019 Everton v Chelsea W 2-0 Premier League
30 Mar 2019 West Ham United v Everton W 0-2 Premier League

Those three defeats in February made things look pretty awful at Goodison, but since then three wins, one defeat and one draw has improved the league standing with Everton now 10th, some 20 points behind Arsenal.

But for a game like this what makes for interesting reading is Everton’s home form against Arsenal’s away form.

Here is the home form table

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Manchester City 17 16 0 1 55 12 43 48
2 Liverpool 16 14 2 0 46 10 36 44
3 Arsenal 17 14 2 1 39 12 27 44
4 Chelsea 16 10 5 1 32 10 22 35
5 Manchester United 15 9 5 1 30 19 11 32
6 Tottenham Hotspur 15 10 1 4 27 13 14 31
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 16 8 3 5 24 20 4 27
8 West Ham United 17 8 3 6 27 25 2 27
9 AFC Bournemouth 16 7 5 4 28 21 7 26
10 Watford 15 8 2 5 23 20 3 26
11 Everton 16 7 4 5 23 21 2 25

Seven wins, four draws and five defeats for Everton with a goal difference of +2.

Now Arsenal’s away form…

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Liverpool 16 10 5 1 26 9 17 35
2 Tottenham Hotspur 17 11 0 6 33 21 12 33
3 Manchester City 15 10 2 3 28 9 19 32
4 Manchester United 17 9 2 6 31 24 7 29
5 Chelsea 16 9 1 6 23 24 -1 28
6 Leicester City 16 6 3 7 21 24 -3 21
7 Crystal Palace 16 6 2 8 25 26 -1 20
8 Watford 17 5 5 7 24 27 -3 20
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 16 5 5 6 16 19 -3 20
10 Arsenal 14 5 4 5 26 27 -1 19

For Arsenal to have a better away form than Everton’s home form, Arsenal would have to win their two away games “in hand” against the rest of the pack.  But it is also interesting to note that if Arsenal did win these two away games they would be sixth in the away table – four points worse than Chelsea in fifth, but a major upgrade on the away form of last season.

But one thing to note is that Arsenal do score more goals away than Everton do at home (26 in 14 to Arsenal giving a rate of 1.86 goals a game.   Everton have scored 23 in 16 giving a rate of 1.44 per game).

However when we compare Arsenal from the start of February against the details above for Everton we find something rather interesting…

Date Game Res Score Competition
03 Feb 2019 Manchester City v Arsenal L 3-1 Premier League
09 Feb 2019 Huddersfield T v Arsenal W 1-2 Premier League
14 Feb 2019 FC BATE Borisov v Arsenal L 1-0 Europa League
21 Feb 2019 Arsenal v FC BATE Borisov W 3-0 Europa League
24 Feb 2019 Arsenal v Southampton W 2-0 Premier League
27 Feb 2019 Arsenal v Bournemouth W 5-1 Premier League
02 Mar 2019 Tottenham H v Arsenal D 1-1 Premier League
07 Mar 2019 Rennes v Arsenal L 3-1 Europa League
10 Mar 2019 Arsenal v Manchester Utd W 2-0 Premier League
14 Mar 2019 Arsenal v Rennes W 3-0 Europa League
01 Apr 2019 Arsenal v Newcastle Utd W 2-0 Premier League

Everton have played one more league game than Arsenal in the period but Arsenal have played an extra four Europa games.

Taking the league games only, Arsenal have won 5, drawn 1 and lost 1.  Everton have won 3, drawn 1 and lost 4 – those four defeats coming against Wolverhampton, Manchester City, Watford and Newcastle.

On those statistics I’d say an Arsenal victory is likely, but this is an away game for Arsenal, and that makes me a lot less certain.

 

6 Ways To Help Your Child Discover Their Talents

6 Ways To Help Your Child Discover Their Talents

A child’s talent is one of the things that significantly increases their self-esteem and purpose in life. Having that one thing that they do effortlessly will also enable them to make friends with similar interests, choose a career, and have a great way to spend their free time, all which will increase their quality of life. In case you are trying to figure out your child’s gifts, here are a few tips that can help you:

Observe their interests

You might be tempted to sign them up for volleyball or science club because you were a star player or have a career in research, but the better thing to do would be to sit back and watch where they naturally gravitate towards. This way you will be sure of their interests, instead of wasting valuable time and energy in areas that they simply do not fit. For instance, if your child enjoys kicking a ball, or playing Sudoku, you can easily deduce where their talents lie.

Help them discover their interests

You are encouraged to take your kids to schools that expose your kids to a wide variety of subjects and extracurricular activities. If they start thriving in a specific sport or form of art, you should consider enrolling them in a camp or hiring a tutor to hone their skills. Camps like Lionville Soccer exist to enhance their skills further, leading to a rewarding career.

Avoid having high expectations too soon

Some kids have seized the headlines with their extraordinary gifts as early as five years of age, but that might not be your child. Having unreasonable expectations may make them feel overwhelmed, inadequate and might make them drop the interest eventually.

Find the delicate balance between pushing them and taking a step back

Understanding whether your child gave up a particular interest because they feel inadequate or it simply does not work is somewhat complicated. The opinions of their coach or teacher will come in handy, as they will give unbiased, professional advice. They will tell you how to support them and resources they can use to practice and better themselves.

However, if your child does not like it, let it go, as they will end up harboring resentment. Maybe they found something else that they love better than the first interest.

Accept the child as they are

If you are going to discover your child’s actual talents, you need to start by accepting who they are, their unique gifts and limitations. Avoid comparing them to the kids next door, their siblings, cousins, and classmates. Embracing your child as they are opens your mind up to all possibilities and helps you support them regardless of what path they choose.

Look out for certain traits

If your child has an excellent memory and vast vocabulary, enjoys reading and intellectually challenging activities and is unusually critical and skeptical, they may be exceptionally gifted. There are tests online that you can use to determine if your child has an extraordinarily high IQ (130 and above).

Conclusion:

Identifying your child’s gift outside of academics is a great way to enhance their well being. Imagination, creativity, and fun can also go a long way in ensuring your child’s long term stability, and often make for great careers.