Bournemouth vs Everton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 21, 2018
Vitality Stadium - Premier League
With two wins out of two Bournemouth are in fifth place in the Premier League, but face a new and improved Everton side on Saturday. The Toffees sit just one spot below their opponents in the table, and proved too much for Southampton in their last match.
Bournemouth came out on top when this fixture was played out last season, with a Ryan Fraser scoring either side of Idrissa Gueye's equaliser.
Eddie Howe is unlikely to make changes to his winning formula, having fielded the same XI in Bournemouth's last two matches. This means the front two of Callum Wilson and Joshua King will keep Jermaine Defoe on the bench, with new-singing Jefferson Lerma potentially joining him for the first time this season.
There will likely be a similar approach from Marco Silva, the Everton's only change for their win over Southampton being to replace the suspended Phil Jagielka. With the centre-back still out, it remains to be seen whether Mason Holgate remains in the middle, or if one of Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma come in.
Bournemouth v Everton Preview and Predictions
Having won their first two games of the season, Eddie Howe's side face arguably their first real test in Everton. Wins over Cardiff and West Ham are, of course, no easy feat, but the former has barely strengthened since last season, and the latter have yet to settle down following significant change.
Everton, on the other hand, appear to have settled into life under their new coach quickly, testament to Silva's skills as a man-manager. The boss may have brought in a host of new faces, but has only started Richarlison, a player that he has already coached at Watford. With the likes of Lucas Digne, Andre Gomes, Bernard, Zouma and Mina, Silva clearly plans to slowly integrate them into the side, with only Digne seeing any game time in the opening matches. This has allowed for stability despite significant change, allowing Everton to effectively pick up where they left off at the end of last season.
One major difference from last season however, is the introduction of the aforementioned Richarlison, who has already notched three goals from the left-wing. The Brazilian looked phenomenal in the opening few months last season, before his performances dropped off, and it will be interesting to see whether the 21-year-old will continue to justify his £50 million transfer fee.
For Bournemouth, it was a case of relying on stability rather than turnover. This having been said, the Cherries broke their transfer record to bring in Colombian midfielder Jefferson Lerma, although given his nation's lengthy World Cup, Howe has yet to bring the 23-year-old into the match-day squad. Instead, the tried and tested duo of Andrew Surman and Dan Gosling have been successfully getting the job done in the middle of the park, and it will be a tough ask for the manager to replace one of them if their side keeps winning.
Everton have arguably looked the better of the two sides, on the minimal early-season evidence, but there shouldn't be much in it come Saturday.
Callum Wilson to score first at 5/1
With a goal per game so far Wilson is enjoying his best start to a Premier League season.
Both teams to score at 4/6
Everton have looked good going forwards but shaky at the back, giving Bournemouth a chance to get at them.