Bournemouth

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Dean Court

30/12/2017 | 3:00 pm

Everton

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Dean Court

30/12/2017 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Bournemouth and Everton have been heading in opposite directions recently, so an away win could be on the cards.

Last time: A 1-0 victory for Bournemouth in September 2016. Junior Stanislas got the winner that day, though the Toffees have won the two meetings at Goodison Park since then.

This time: Bournemouth are 8/5 to win with Everton at 24/11 and the draw 23/10.

You might remember: Bournemouth salvaging a point in a 3-3 draw in 2015. Eddie Howe’s team were 2-0 down in the first half, and then 3-2 down when Ross Barkley thought he’d scored the winner in the 95th minute.

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Everton’s Oumar Niasse

This is an intriguing fixture which may be tricky to call. There have been three meetings in all competitions on the south coast since Bournemouth were promoted to the Premier League, and each side has won one with the other match a highly entertaining 3-3 draw.

Bournemouth are 8/5 to win it and it would be a result that they desperately need. The Cherries are in the bottom three of the table, and have the worst form in the division over the past six matches. They have at least scored six goals in those six games, but they have conceded 15 so it’s clear where their issues are. They’ve also only won two of their 10 home games this season, so it’s hard to make a case for a Bournemouth win.

Everton are 24/11 and they are one of the form teams in the Premier League. Over the past six matches they have a better record than both Manchester United and Arsenal. They only have one away win to their names this season though, but they have only conceded two goals in their last six games and are in decent form.

The draw is 23/10 and perhaps looks the most likely outcome. Both teams have drawn three of their last six league matches, and both did last time out. There have also been very few goals in Everton’s recent matches, with just nine in total at both ends in the last six. These two teams could easily cancel each other out.

Callum Wilson is 15/8 to score anytime and he looks like Bournemouth’s most realistic scorer. He is also available at 5/1 to score first. Wilson rescued a point with an injury time equaliser last time out against West Ham, and he is the Cherries’ top league scorer with four.

Oumar Niasse is 15/2 to score first, or 11/4 to score at any time. With Wayne Rooney an injury doubt, Niasse will probably lead the line for Everton, and he is the club’s second top scorer behind England’s record goal scorer. He has scored in two of his last three starts in the league, so is in reasonable form.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Under 2.5 goals, at 3/4. Since the start of last season, only four Premier League teams have featured in fewer matches with at least three goals than Everton. The Toffees have seen that in five of their last six matches too, and will look to keep the match tight and quieten the home crowd.

 

2

We fancy:

A draw with both teams to score, at 19/5. Only four teams have had more matches where both teams scored than Bournmouth have since Eddie Howe’s side were promoted to the top flight. Both teams have scored in four of the five Premier League meetings between the teams too.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Nathan Ake to score first, at 35/1. The former Chelsea man scored last time out, and nearly had a second before Wilson’s slight touch got him the late equaliser instead. Almost half of Bournemouth’s goals have come from set pieces this season, so Ake might get his head on one against Everton.

Written by Matt Law

Matt Law is a European football writer with an interest in betting and gambling. An avid Manchester United supporter, Matt can regularly be found backing away wins in unlikely circumstances, sometimes with big success.