Everton vs Bournemouth preview, betting tips and predictions: Toffees to edge meeting of underachieving sides
Everton to win with over 2.5 goals @ 31/20 with Coral
Jermain Defoe to score anytime @ 21/10 with Coral
Everton to win and BTTS @ 5/2 with Coral
Everything looked so positive for both Everton and Bournemouth coming into this season after some great business in the transfer window. Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney and Sandro Ramirez were all exciting signings for the Toffees, while Nathan Ake, Asmir Begovic and Jermain Defoe appeared to really strengthen Bournemouth.
But coming into this game, in the sixth week of the season, both teams have failed to live up to expectations. Bournemouth won their first game of the campaign against Brighton only last week, whereas Everton, having started well, have conceded 13 goals in their last three games without any reply. It will be a nervy affair, but given how both teams put an emphasis on attack, it could be an entertaining one too. But Everton are worryingly yet to hit their stride in front of goal, with Wayne Rooney the only man to find the net in the Premier League. Gylfi Sigurdsson will once again be hoping to open his domestic account for his new side.
It is Bournemouth who possess the greater attacking threat, especially now Jermain Defoe has got off the mark for his new club. The Cherries will press high on Everton, sensing the lack of confidence in their defence, and Defoe is among the most feared strikers in the Premier League. He will play off the shoulder of the last defender and attempt to shoot as quickly as possible. If the visitors are to score, Defoe is a good bet, especially at 21/10 anytime with Coral.
The likelihood is there will be goals in this game, given how Everton will be desperate to get some points on the board after recent poor performances. Over 2.5 goals in the match is well priced, especially when backing a home win at 31/20. Bournemouth will play a high line and could be caught out at the back, especially if Leighton Baines can get forward to provide another option in attack for Everton. The visitors may have a lot of the ball as Everton do tend to play a deep defensive line, but the dribbling ability of Jordon Ibe, the movement of Josh King and Defoe’s expert finishing mean they are a good bet to score; but the desperation for a win and Bournemouth’s high risk strategy in defence means the hosts are rightly favourites here.
Key battle: Charlie Daniels vs Tom Davies
Tom Davies is one of the brightest Premier League talents right now. The teenager burst onto the scene as an energetic central midfielder last season, but with an influx of playmakers at Goodison Park this summer, he has been deployed on the right hand side this season.
As someone who loves to get forward, Charlie Daniels at left back for the visitors will need to keep an eye on Davies, especially because he will look to cut inside and create another central option. This will wrong foot Daniels and also allow Cuco Martina at right-back to get forward on the overlap, leaving the Cherries man outnumbered. He must be disciplined if he is to contain the impressive youngster this weekend.