Everton v AFC Bournemouth Betting Tips & Predictions – Sunday 13th January 2019

Everton and Bournemouth come into this match level on points but will this remain the case after their meeting on Sunday? A draw would certainly go down much better with the visiting Cherries but quite curiously, Eddie Howe’s men are yet to tie a single match away from home this season.

One point will not be enough to keep an increasingly restless Everton fan base content. Optimism had initially been high at Goodison Park but things have since turned a little sour with some fans losing faith in Marco Silva. The Portuguese boss has won just one of his last eight league games, a patch of form that has seen the Toffees slip into the bottom half of the table. They have faced some tough games in that time but they have also drawn some very winnable home matches and this is another clash that most certainly falls into that category, making three points a must.

Top Tips

Draw @ 13/5

Both Teams to Score @ 4/6

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Everton News: PSG reportedly showing interest in Gueye

Everton Player Warming Up In Front of the Bullens Road Stand at Goodison Park
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If the rumours are true, and PSG are interested in Idrissa Gueye, it could be hard for the Toffees to keep hold of the Senegal international. Some outlets have reported that a deal is close but there has been no official confirmation of a bid at this point. It seems unlikely that Silva would be happy to see him go, as he’s named the midfielder in the starting XI 18 times this season.

Should he head to France though, Everton have been linked with Thiago Mendes of Lille and the Colombian, Wilmar Barrios, who are both potential replacements. The Toffees would make a profit of around £30m on Gueye but fans would be frustrated were they to lose a man who plays such a vital defensive role in their midfield.

Toffees shun offers for Williams

It had emerged that Bristol City were close to securing a loan deal, with a view to buy, for Everton youngster Joe Williams. The 22-year-old is currently on loan at Bolton but the Toffees do have the option to recall him should they wish. It’s not an option the club are expected to activate but Silva is reportedly a fan of the midfielder. The Everton boss is keen to bring him into the first team fold upon his return in the summer so you may well see him handed some Premier League minutes next season.

Bournemouth News: Clyne up to speed on debut

Stand at Bournemouth's Dean Court
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Nathaniel Clyne revealed that he did not have to think twice about leaving Liverpool on loan. Minutes have been few and far between at Anfield over the past season and a half, something that has long been a source of frustration. He should face no shortage of action on the south coast though, especially as usual right back, Adam Smith, is out for at least another six weeks. It took Clyne just a day to make his debut and the 27-year-old showed no sign of rustiness during the clash with Brighton despite it only being his third start of the season.

Cherries face battle to keep Wilson

There’s a good chance rumours linking Callum Wilson with Chelsea will persist throughout the transfer window. Last month Howe insisted the striker would not be sold but it’s often hard to retain a player whose head has been turned. Should he secure a move to west London, it would be a big loss for Bournemouth to take even if they are well compensated. The fee is likely to be in excess of £40m, with Dion Dublin quoted as saying he is worth the £50m the Cherries will reportedly demand. The 26-year-old striker has netted nine league goals this season, already surpassing the total he managed during the previous campaign, whilst also scoring on his full England debut.

Analysis: Silva desperately needs to lift the mood

The mood at Goodison Park has been deteriorating in recent weeks and it would appear it’s beginning to rub off on the players. Everton are a side with Europa League ambitions but have amassed just two points from the last available 12 at home, having previously boasted one of the best home records in the top flight. Yet to show any real progress from last season, Silva needs to inspire his men to a home win quickly or else he’ll soon be an unpopular figure on Merseyside. There have already been some reports, surely spurious, of Jose Mourinho being lined up to take his place and the Everton owner has already shown he isn’t overly patient with managers.

Bournemouth can cure travel sickness

The Cherries began the season so brightly but a complete collapse in their away form has seen them fall down the table. The last six times Howe’s men have travelled form the south coast have seen them wind up defeated.

It’s important to point out however that four of these matches have come against top six opposition. The loss to Newcastle is the only defeat you can really say Bournemouth should be disappointed with, especially given how poor the Magpies are at home. Facing less formidable opposition (Newcastle aside) this time and having looked so spirited in last weekend’s clash with Watford, the visitors look capable of ending their long run without an away draw (13/5).

Strikeforces to come out on top

The only time Bournemouth have failed to score in their last five matches was when away to Tottenham. Quite how they didn’t manage to score against Spurs is anyone’s guess as the visitors created several fine opportunities for themselves. Everton have failed to find the net in their last two league tests but do have the benefit of facing a leaky backline this weekend. They also scored twice at home last time out in the FA Cup. Their upcoming opponents have kept a mere one clean sheet in their last 14 matches in all competitions. Although the addition of Liverpool loanee Clyne should help tighten things up a little, it’s still easy to see both teams finding the net (4/6) in what should be a fairly open contest.

Recent Matches

These two clubs have met seven times in the Premier League and on six occasions both teams have found the net. It’s tended to be a fixture that’s provided a decent amount of entertainment, with several goal-packed clashes, although Everton’s 6-3 win in 2017 will surely take some beating.

25th August 2018: Bournemouth 2 – 2 Everton

A moment of madness from Richarlison ended up with Everton’s record signing being dismissed on just his third start for the club. Despite the numerical disadvantage, the visitors were able to go two goals ahead thanks to strikes from Theo Walcott and Michael Keane. By this point Bournemouth had also been reduced to 10 men, leaving the Toffees firmly in control. It turned out only to be an illusion of control though as Bournemouth fired in a quick double to salvage a point.

30th December 2017: Bournemouth 2 – 1 Everton

Sam Allardyce’s unbeaten start at Everton came to an end following Ryan Fraser’s late strike. The Scot’s winning effort took a significant deflection on its way in but Everton could hardly feel too hard done by. Only some fine stops from Jordan Pickford prevented the hosts taking the lead earlier on as the Merseysiders were second best throughout. Three points handed Bournemouth a huge boost as it was enough to take them out of the relegation zone and up to 14th place.

23rd September 2017: Everton 2 – 1 Bournemouth

The formerly shunned Oumar Niasse ended up being the unlikely hero in this match. The ex-Lokomotiv Moscow striker hadn’t scored a league goal for Everton since his move from Russia but ended up grabbing an important brace in this contest. Bournemouth had taken the lead through Josh King but their afternoon was ruined by the Senegalese substitute. Ronald Koeman suggested the result may be the turning point in Everton’s season but sadly for the Dutchman, this did not turn out to be the case.

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