Are The Cherries to struggle in defence?

Last updated: November 23, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Vitality Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DLLLL
Away form: WDWWL
Last season:
Competition: The Premier League

Despite Bournemouth taking a point from their last visit to The Liberty Stadium, The Cherries once again showed their poor defensive play. They were leading 2-0, but The Swans equalised before half time. If Bournemouth is to play the same way against Everton, The Cherries are going to concede lots of goals.

Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley are just too good to be stopped! If you want to keep Everton quiet, your defenders should keep an eye on them. They both scored twice in the great 4-0 victory against Aston Villa last weekend. In addition, the attackers played with great composure and showed a wonderful team spirit.

This match will be the first between these two teams. The Everton players are in good shape and scored 11 goals in their last 3 games. The Toffees are lying in 7th position with 20 points collected. They are just 8 away from first place in the standings. On the other hand, Bournemouth are not expected to earn lots of points in their next few games, because their schedule pits them against some very strong teams.

Team News

No new injured players in the Bournemouth squad. Only long-term injured Wilson, Gradel, Elphick, Mings and Atsu are sidelined for the match against The Toffees.

The Everton captain Leighton Baines, who has finally recovered from his injury, is expected to return to the pitch and play his first Premier League game this season.

Tyias Browning has received a knee injury. That’s the first serious injury of his career and there is no concrete date of his return.

Tony Hibbert, Pienaar and Phil Jagielka for The Toffees are still injured. Jagielka will return to full training within a month.

Quotes of the week

Eddie Howe Bournemouth Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) : “’Matty’s (Ritchie) a good player so it’s not a surprise to me he’s linked to the top clubs.”

Roberto Martinez Roberto Martinez (Everton) : “I think we all agree that he (Barkley) is a special talent and a young career as you mention is quite exciting.”

Expected line-ups:

Bournemouth (4-4-2): Federici, Daniels, Cook, Distin, Francis, Arter, Pugh, Surman, Ritchie, Gosling, King.
Subs Boruc, Tomlin, MacDonald, Kermorgant, Bennett, Murray, Stanislas.
Injured: Gradel, Mings, Wilson, Elphick, Atsu
Not available:
Everton (4-2-3-1): Howard, Stones, Baines, Galloway, Ramiro Mori, Barry, McCarthy, Deulofeu, Barkley, Kone, Lukaku.
Subs Robles, Naismith, Gibson, Osman, McGeady, Cleverley, Mirallas.
Injured: Pienaar, Hibbert, Browning, Jagielka.
Doubtful: Oviedo
Not available:

Key Battle

gosling Gosling this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
9 (3) 830 2 1,6 1 0 3 0
lukaku Lukaku this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
13 1135 9 3,2 4 3 2 0

So far this season

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Bournemouth this season Everton this season
18 League Position 7
1 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 3 (2)
2-0 vs. Sunderland Biggest win 6-2 vs. Sunderland
2 (1) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (3)
3 (5) (at home) Losses (away) 2 (1)
1-5 to Tottenham and Manchester City Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Manchester United
Wilson (5) Top scorer Lukaku (9)
Ritchie, Francis (2) Assist Leader Deulofeu (5)
Y23, R0 Discipline Y21, R2
4 Failures to score 4
1 Clean Sheets 4
8 Both Teams to Score Games 7
6 Over 2.5 Games 8
7 Under 2.5 Games 5
  • Bournemouth have won only one home game. The Cherries beat Sunderland 2-0 two months ago. Since then they have lost two matches and drew once at The Vitality Stadium.
  • Everton’s only away defeat this season was against Arsenal (1-2). The Toffees have also recorded two victories and 3 draws.
  • Romelu Lukaku has scored 4 goals in Everton’s last 3 Premiership matches. He is The Toffee’s top goal-scorer with 9 goals in The Premier League.
  • Bournemouth scored more than 1 goal on just three occasions. So expect problems in defence, also their strikers are not ‘productive’ enough.