Bournemouth v Everton: Clean sheets unlikely as 17th hosts second

Summer signing Idrissa Gueye has been heavily praised for his role in Everton's impressive start
Summer signing Idrissa Gueye has been heavily praised for his role in Everton's impressive start

Both teams to score is the standout bet as Bournemouth welcome Everton, according to Michael Lintorn...


"Everton have fired five times across their initial two away days under Koeman, while Bournemouth have netted in each of their most recent six home matches."

Back both teams to score @ 1.794/5

Bournemouth 3.814/5 v Everton 2.186/5; The Draw 3.55
Saturday, 15:00

Ref Watch: Bobby Madley

The Yorkshireman has given out seven or more bookings in his last two Premier League games, and sent Leicester's Marcin Wasilewski off in the EFL Cup in midweek.


Bournemouth

Eddie Howe gave an impressive interview this week where, instead of falling into the usual British boss trap of criticising the Premier League's high volume of foreign managers, he acknowledged the importance of earning your spot, which he has certainly done with three promotions this decade.

The 38-year-old is currently enduring one of the leaner spells of his extraordinary eight-year dugout career, with four points from five top-flight fixtures and a home EFL Cup reverse to Preston in midweek, but the wider view remains positive enough for them to be 6.05/1 relegation outsiders.

The Cherries do at least possess the Premier League's only clean bill of health, and it isn't sullied by any suspensions either.


Everton

Bournemouth weren't alone in encountering EFL Cup turbulence in front of their fans in midweek. Everton had their run of five successive victories unexpectedly interrupted by Championship club Norwich, who were 2-0 winners at Goodison Park despite Ronald Koeman picking a strong side.

The Dutch tactician's Southampton squad won one and drew one of the clashes that followed their two exits from the competition under his guidance, so he will expect a similar reaction from his new charges.

They are on the opposite end of the injury table to their hosts and, though they may be confident of coping without James McCarthy, Muhamed Besic and Darron Gibson, they will be anxious that Romelu Lukaku returns after a toe complaint. He scored a hat-trick in his previous away outing.


Match Odds

This should prove a good indicator as to whether Everton are capable of sustaining their superb start because Bournemouth lost seven out of ten against top-half teams at the Vitality Stadium, compared to just two in nine against bottom-half colleagues, with the 11th-placed Toffees among those denied.

The south coast side have kicked this campaign off on a similar trajectory, being beaten by Manchester United there while dismissing West Brom.

The guests have opened 2016/17 with triumphs at West Brom and Sunderland and lost a single of their first 13 Premier League road trips last term despite otherwise disappointing, so their 2.186/5 favouritism to collect two points more than on their last league visit appears justified.


Both Teams to Score

This 1.794/5-rated bet was a winner in both top-tier collisions between Bournemouth and Everton last season, with the one at the Vitality Stadium a 3-3 thriller in which Howe's men equalised in both the 87th and 98th minute courtesy of Junior Stanislas.

The Merseysiders have fired five times across their initial two away days under Koeman, while their hosts have netted in each of their most recent six home matches regardless of the list of opponents featuring quality clubs like Liverpool, Chelsea and Man United.


Recommended Bet:

Back both teams to score @ 1.794/5


And what do Opta say?

Bournemouth have never beaten Everton in six previous attempts in all competitions (D1 L5) - combining the away win with both teams to score delivers odds of 4.216/5.


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