Match Preview : Everton vs Bournemouth
Back-to-back wins over Brighton will have lifted Bournemouth’s mood before their visit to Merseyside and Ronald Koeman urgently needs the same following a desperate run of form that has left Everton third from bottom. A more youthful, balanced Everton side ended a run of four defeats with victory over Sunderland in the Carabao Cup in midweek but Koeman is likely to ring the changes again, having viewed last Sunday’s 4-0 defeat at Manchester United as a step forward.
Shots on target have also been an issue for Koeman’s side, although youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin could be a potential solution for the misfiring Toffees, having bagged a brace during their 3-0 win over Sunderland.
Indeed, it could be the team’s impressive crop of youngsters that helps them reverse their fortunes as Tom Davies looks like one of the Premier League’s most promising box-to-box midfielders, striker Ademola Lookman has shown flashes of great potential, and teenage Croatian Nikola Vlasic has hinted at good things to come.
With summer recruits Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Michael Keane, Sandro Ramirez and Gylfi Sigurdsson still gelling and Everton’s forthcoming fixtures looking more manageable, the Blues will be desperate to kickstart their season with a home victory over the Cherries.
Goals have been an issue for Howe’s men, with last season’s top scorer Josh King failing to find the net so far this term. Creativity also appears to be a problem as the Norway international has attempted just two shots on target in 449 minutes of football, which hints at a faltering supply chain.
Firing blanks in their last two Premier League away matches, Bournemouth have not gone three away games without scoring since March 2012, when they went on a five-match barren run.
Getting King firing again and linking up with veteran attacker Jermaine Defoe could be the key to Howe building on that double win over Brighton when his side travels to Goodison Park.
Match Details :
Date : Saturday, 23rd September 2017
Time : 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET/ 19:30 IST
Venue: Goodison Park (Liverpool).
TV Broadcast : Will not be televised in UK and in India too.
Live Streaming Link : www.Ronaldo7.net
Team News :
Everton : There is a strong chance Koeman will hand a start to Calvert-Lewin after his goalscoring exploits in the EFL Cup, likely deploying him as an out-and-out striker. Everton have plenty of options for the number 10 position, with Rooney, Sigurdsson and Klaassen all jostling for inclusion in this capacity. Koeman is also likely to revert to playing just one holding midfielder, a role that will likely be assigned to Idrissa Gueye, while Davies serves as a box-to-box midfielder. The Blues have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the match.
Bournemouth possible starting lineup: Begovic; Francis, Ake, Surman, Pugh; Arter, Daniels, Smith, Stanislas; King, Defoe
Bournemouth : Bournemouth are likely to keep the faith in King and have him lead the line in the continued absence of Callum Wilson through injury, lining up alongside Defoe. Meanwhile, winger Junior Stanislas is pushing for a recall after returning from a groin problem in the EFL Cup victory over Brighton.
Everton possible starting lineup: Pickford; Martina, Keane, Williams, Baines; Gueye, Davies, Sigurdsson, Sandro, Rooney; Calvert-Lewin
Head to Head Records :
History is on Everton’s side in this fixture as the Blues have won all four of their previous competitive home games against the Cherries – two Premier League games, one FA Cup and one League Cup match.
Meetings between Everton and Bournemouth are typically high-scoring affairs, with 19 goals netted across the four top-flight fixtures between these two, an average of almost five per game.
The last time they met at Goodison Park was a 6-3 thriller in February that the Toffees won, although Koeman was likely questioning his defence almost as much as Howe in the aftermath.