After our poor showing in a drab game against Crystal Palace a side who picked up their first points this year at Dean Court after they had four successive defeats in the Premier League in January, we make the trip up to the North West to Goodison Park the home of Everton.
This on paper looks like a home win against an Everton side who have won their last three league games in January without conceding a goal. Our team look low on confidence and not the side who came back after being 3-1 down at home against the other Merseyside team and Everton`s rivals Liverpool. Also the Cherries were 3-0 up against Arsenal before Arsenal fought back for a draw also at Dean Court.
The last time we played Everton in the Premier League at Goodison Park was April 30th 2016 and their manager was Roberto Martinez. There were banners in the ground saying he should go and even one flown above the ground. Before this game Everton`s last league victory had been away at Aston Villa on March 1st. The win against the Cherries was Martinez`s last win as Everton manager. He was in charge for the next two games which were both away to Leicester and Sunderland, Everton lost both games and Martinez didn`t finish the season as he was sacked and missed being in charge for the last home game against already relegated Norwich City, Everton won 3-0 with both David Unsworth and Joe Royle in charge.
Ronald Koeman has brought in two players in January, Morgan Schneiderlin for £24 million from Manchester United, he is a player he knew from his time as Saints manager, the other is a teenage winger/striker Ademola Lookman for an initial £7.5 million from Charlton. There have been a number leave, some signed by other clubs, others on loan.
Everton are unbeaten in their last six Premier League games, last defeat was at home against arch rivals and neighbours Liverpool on the 19th December. At home this season Everton have won 6, drawn 4 and lost 1, away they have won 4, drawn 3 and lost 5. Their last game was away at Stoke City on Wednesday night which ended honours even in a 1-1 draw. Everton are in 7th place on 37 points, 11 points in front of 14th placed AFCB.
Everton Team News:
They should have a strong squad to pick from with no new injuries reported from the game against Stoke City.
Player to watch: Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku, leading scorer with 12 goals in the league and joint top with 4 assists. Another player to watch is their 19-year-old signing from Charlton Ademola Lookman if he starts or comes off the bench.
AFC Bournemouth Team News:
Callum Wilson is out for the rest of the season with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, this happened in training on Wednesday. Charlie Daniels was a surprise omission from the squad on Tuesday night against Crystal Palace, seems he has/had a knee injury, no news as yet if he will be available for Everton.
Player to watch: Harry Arter
After not starting in the previous two home games against Watford and Crystal Palace, Harry Arter came on for the last half of the second half and looked sharper. Hope Eddie starts him against Everton and we see the Harry Arter we are used to tirelessly working away in midfield. If Arter doesn`t start, hope Jack Wilshere shines in midfield again as he did against Palace.
Match Facts & Stats
In our three Premier League games against Everton, AFCB have won 1 (this season) and last season drew at home and lost away. In all competitions the Cherries have won 1, drawn 1 and lost 5.