Bournemouth v Everton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 28, 2017
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Everton travel to the south coast to face Bournemouth on Saturday, with the visitors now 10 points ahead of the Cherries in the Premier League table. While the Toffees have now got themselves out of a tricky situation, there’s nothing sweet about Eddie Howe’s side’s spot in the relegation zone.
Oumar Niasse bagged a brace as Everton were 2-1 winners back in September, which was the Toffees’ only win in nine after their opening day victory over Stoke. Last season Bournemouth recorded their first ever win over Everton, before the Merseysiders gained revenge with a 6-3 demolition that included four Romelu Lukaku strikes.
With Jermain Defoe out until late February, scorer of Bournemouth’s controversial Boxing Day equaliser, Callum Wilson, should start this one. Charlie Daniels and Andrew Surman could both be fit, although the Cherries have doubts over last season’s match winner against Everton, Junior Stanislas, and the man who assisted him, Harry Arter.
Wayne Rooney should be available for the visitors after missing the last two games through illness, while James MccArthy is closing in on a return. Idrissa Gana Gueye is expected to miss out with a hamstring strain, while Ross Barkley could be available as soon as next weekend after returning to training following a hamstring problem of his own.
Bournemouth v Everton Preview and Predictions
If neighbours Liverpool beat Leicester on Saturday, then a draw will be enough for Everton to move into eighth place in the Premier League table. It’s been some turnaround since Sam Allardyce took over, and the Toffees boss will look to capitalise on Bournemouth’s poor run to at least go nine unbeaten in all competitions.
The Cherries meanwhile haven’t won a game in their last eight league fixtures, with the pressure back on boss Howe. Although there’s little appetite for change around the club, Bournemouth are now the only team in the bottom five who haven’t sacked their manager this season. Very few jobs are truly safe in the Premier League, so a victory would be massive for the manager, and this is priced at 6/4 in the betting.
Despite their strong form since Allardyce took over, Everton start this one as underdogs with the bookmakers at 23/10, while the draw’s 19/8. The visitors have hardly been free-scoring under their new boss, but they’re very tough to break down and have now kept six clean sheets in their last eight games. This one’s likely to be another tight game, but in players like Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson and youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin, there’s a nice variety in the Everton attack which can hurt a Bournemouth defence that’s conceded 11 goals in their last three games.
Rooney to score and Everton to win at 4/1
England’s record goalscorer has 10 Premier League goals this season, so back him to make a scoring return to the side on Saturday as the Toffees take all three points back to Merseyside.
0-0 draw at 8/1
This result would be Everton’s third consecutive goalless draw, and the fourth time Bournemouth have failed to score in their last five games.