Bournemouth meet Everton in a crucial Premier League clash in the fight for survival.
Victory could see Bournemouth move away from the relegation zone by as much as five points, whilst Everton could go as high as 11th if results elsewhere swing in his favour.
Chris Mepham is suspended for Bournemouth after he was booked in last weekend’s defeat at Leeds, although he was eligible to play in the Cherries’ Carbao Cup win over Everton in midweek.
Jordan Zemura (knock) is available for selection but Neto (hamstring), Lloyd Kelly (ankle) and David Brooks (fitness) remain absent.
Everton could be without Mason Holgate after he suffered a knee injury in their midweek cup defeat at Bournemouth.
Idrissa Gueye (quad) and Amadou Onana (ankle) are doubts but Dominic Calvert-Lewin (hamstring) won’t be risked if he isn’t match-fit.
Andros Townsend (knee) remain absent.
- Bournemouth have lost just one of their last five league meetings against Everton (W3, D1, L1).
- Everton are yet to defeat Bournemouth away from Goodison Park in the Premier League (W3, D2).
- Bournemouth have won each of their last two league matches against Everton by 3-1 results, which both came in 2019-20 season when the Cherries were relegated.
- The Cherries have kept just one clean sheet at home against Everton in five previous Premier League meetings, which came in a 1-0 win in September 2016.
- Everton are yet to score a league goal from a header this season.
Having only met on Tuesday in Cup action with much-changed teams, this clash certainly promises to be interesting for very different reasons within both teams.
For Bournemouth, their performances in recent week have been positive if let down by sloppy defending but they certainly corrected that in midweek with a solid back line and aggressive attacking play, which they surely will be eager to replicate with Dominic Solanke and Marcus Tavernier set to start here.
Everton meanwhile were defensively atrocious and struggled to match Bournemouth’s intensity, which is something that they must correct in this game now they know how dangerous the Cherries are, otherwise I can see just one result coming given the hosts’ form in this fixture.
Prediction: Bournemouth 2-1 Everton
Result: Bournemouth 3-0 Everton