With an early exit from the Football League Cup for both AFCB and our next visitors to Dean Court, Everton, both playing at home and losing to Championship clubs, football gets back to the Premier League again.
The Cherries, after being beaten convincingly by league leaders Manchester City last week at the Etihad Stadium, will have another tough encounter against second place side Everton. If last season`s game at DC is anything to go by we could be in for a thriller again.
Everton have a new manager this season, he is the ex Saints manager Ronald Koeman and he has had a good start in his new job. The Toffees have brought in a number of new players, amongst them Yannick Bolasie the pacy winger signed from Crystal Palace for a reported fee of £20 million. Idrissa Gueye an impressive midfield player from Aston Villa, amongst his stats at Villa, he was second only to Leicester`s N`Golo Kante, who made more interceptions and tackles combined across Europe`s top five leagues last season. Enner Valencia a striker on season long loan from West Ham. Koeman signed the Dutch keeper Maarten Stekelenburg from Fulham, he was previously with Koeman at Southampton. Ashley Williams the Welsh captain and a central defender was signed from Swansea.
Koeman`s side have had an impressive start in the Premier League this season, they have beaten both Stoke City and Middlesbrough and drew with Tottenham (Spurs) all at Goodison Park. Away they have an even better record, winning all their games so far at the expense of West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland. Everton have scored in every league game so far.
AFC Bournemouth Team News:
After the Tuesday night game against Preston and Eddie Howe`s comments after, think we can assume the team for Saturday will be more or less the same that started against Manchester City.
Player to watch: Jack Wilshere
Jack Wilshere played for 78 minutes of the Manchester City game, let`s hope he sees more of the ball against Everton and he can work his magic in midfield.
Everton Team News:
Ronald Koeman made six changes for the League Cup defeat at home against Norwich, so he will probably revert back to the team that has served them so well in the PL. Romelu Lukaku went off in the sixty sixth minute with a toe injury in the home game against Middlesbrough but has been training separately from the other players and will train normally again on Friday and should be fit for Saturday. James McCarthy is back running again after his groin injury, but this weekend`s game is probably too early for a return.
Player to watch: Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku, hit a hat-trick away against Sunderland and has scored four times in his last two outings for Everton. Our defence will have to keep a tight hold on him if he plays. He scored twice against us last season at Dean Court, one in the FA Cup tie and the other in that 3-3 draw.
Match Facts & Stats
The only visits to DC in the league by Everton was that 3-3 thriller which with ten minutes of normal time to go Everton had a two goal lead and looked like they were going to pick up all three points, only for AFCB to score two quick goals, then the game went into injury time and Everton scored what looked like the winner. This brought a number of their fans onto the pitch to celebrate with their players, this meant more time added on by the referee and in the dying seconds of that added time the Cherries scored a dramatic equaliser, to bring to a breath taking end to the game. The game at Goodison ended in Everton`s favour with a 2-1 victory. The only other times we have played Everton was in the FA Cup twice, once at home the other away losing both games. AFCB and Everton have met twice in the League Cup, again home and away, AFCB losing on both occasions.