Bournemouth welcome inform Everton to the Vitality this forthcoming Saturday. A game involving two sides full of confidence with both making impressive starts to their respective seasons.
The Cherries have won both of their fixtures so far dispatching Cardiff fairly comfortably and then impressively beating West Ham 2-1 at the London Stadium last weekend. The Toffees also remain unbeaten having drawn 2-2 with Wolverhampton Wanderers on the opening weekend, where they were arguably the better side on the day and may have won had captain Phil Jagielka not been red carded, they then returned to Goodison Park last weekend and were able to see off the test of Southampton beating the South Coast outfit 2-1.
Both sides were fairly active in the summer transfer window & so far look like they may be getting a return for their money with one acquisition from each side standing out in particular. David Brooks has shone on the right hand side in a four man midfield for The Cherries being allowed the freedom to come inside and provide extra support for Callum Wilson and Josh King, his intricate through balls have been a real eye catcher and one that has got many Bournemouth fans off their seats already this season. As for Everton, their £50m man Richarlison has looked an astute buy if there’s such a thing at such a hefty fee. There was many doubters and critics as to why Everton had paid such a large sum for a player who had failed to score a league goal since November. However, he has managed to score three goals in two games so far for the Merseyside outfit under the stewardship of Marco Silva who seems to be able to hold the key to getting the best out of the Brazilian as he did in his short reign at Watford.
Bournemouth will be coming up against a much different Everton to the one that arrived at Dean Court towards the back end of last year. Under Sam Allardyce they looked to hold out for a point with a much more defensive set up being used. Marco Silva on the other hand is likely to go with a much more attacking approach to the game and one that will have the aim of getting all three points rather than the one which would’ve been targeted by his predecessor. This is more than likely to make easier viewing for the neutral with both sides looking to win the game
Player to look out for the opposition – Seamus Coleman
Although record signing Richarlison has rightfully been grabbing all the plaudits for The Toffees so far this season. The return to full form and fitness of right back Seamus Coleman has been a huge boost for Evertonians. Defensively sound and also able to provide an attacking threat, Ryan Fraser and Charlie Daniels will have their work cut out to stop the energetic Irishman from causing the Cherries problems down their left hand side on Saturday.
Bournemouth – New signing Diego Rico completes his final game of his three match ban against Everton while fellow new signing Jefferson Lerma is edging closer to full fitness, creative winger Junior Stanislas remains the only long term absentee. Eddie Howe is likely to name an unchanged side after two consecutive wins.
Likely XI – Asmir Begovic; Adam Smith, Steve Cook, Nathan Ake, Charlie Daniels; David Brooks, Dan Gosling, Andrew Surman, Ryan Fraser; Callum Wilson, Josh King
Everton – Captain Phil Jagielka serves his second game of his three game ban against Bournemouth. On the injury front James McCarthy remains sidelined for the foreseeable future after the broken leg he suffered in January, fellow midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin came off with a thigh injury against former club Southampton last weekend and remains a doubt for the game against The Cherries. While new signings Bernard, Andre Gomes & Yerry Mina are also pushing for full fitness and unsure whether this weekends game may be too soon for them.
Likely XI – Jordan Pickford; Seamus Coleman, Michael Keane, Mason Holgate, Leighton Baines; Idrissa Gueye, Tom Davies; Theo Walcott, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Cenk Tosun
Score Prediction: Bournemouth 2-1 Everton