Bournemouth’s battle for Premier League survival will go to the wire at Everton on the final day of the season. Eddie Howe’s dejected troops have lost 14 of their 18 matches on the road and must win to have any chance of beating the drop. The Cherries also need Aston Villa and Watford to lose heavily.
Where and when: Goodison Park, Liverpool – 26 July, kick-off 16:00
Where you can see Everton vs. Bournemouth: Sky Sports
Last time: Callum Wilson hit a brace in the 3-1 victory for the Cherries in August. Old teammate Ryan Fraser and Dominic Calvert-Lewin also got on the scoresheet.
Everton v Bournemouth Predictions and Preview
Everton have spent nearly £400m in three years and have little to show for Farhad Moshiri’s eye-watering investment. The Toffees can only finish as high as 11th and to compound their misery further, bitter rivals Liverpool have run away with the title.
Carlo Ancelotti has been at the helm since late December and is unlikely to spend as poorly as predecessor Marco Silva. The serial winning Italian has elite contacts in the game and Everton should still be able to attract top players despite their lowly league position.
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Ancelotti is likely to strengthen in defence and the wide areas, but is content with his striking options. Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison have featured in a two-pronged attack and scored 15 goals apiece. The English ace has come on leaps and bounds this term and would have been in contention for a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the European Championship.
Calvert-Lewin is 5/1 to open proceedings while one-time Barcelona target Richarlison is similarly priced at 24/5 in the same market. There is no risk of the Brazilian leaving when the transfer window opening but the 23-year-old will expect to be playing in Europe within the next 12-18 months. The Toffees are 6/5 to end the campaign on a high.
Barring a miracle, visitors Bournemouth will be playing in the Championship in September. The Cherries have underperformed in every department and there are a number of players who will push to leave if relegation becomes a reality.
Josh King was the subject of a deadline day move from former side Manchester United in January and will have no shortage of admirers. The Norwegian can play anywhere across the forward line and is 11/5 to net anytime. Top scorer Wilson is 11/2 to strike first, while the Cherries are 9/5 to secure all three points and the draw, which won’t be enough, is 13/5.
One to watch for Everton: Gylfi Sigurdsson will line up on the left flank and there are few better dead ball specialists in the division. The Toffees record buy is 16/1 in the same market.
One to watch for Bournemouth: David Brooks made an instant impact against Manchester City and has been a big miss for the Cherries in 2020. The Welshman has only featured in seven fixtures due to injury and is a talent. Brooks is 17/2 to register last.
Long shot: Bournemouth find themselves in a desperate situation and have little choice but to attack from the opening whistle. The Cherries have only kept two clean sheets from the last 18 contests and Everton could pick them apart on the counter as Howe’s men push forward. A 4-1 triumph for the Blues is 45/1.