Kick-off: 1600, 26/07/2020
Stadium: Goodison Park
TV: Sky Sports Golf
Bournemouth must go for broke when visiting Everton, as they need to win here and hope Aston Villa and Watford lose to avoid relegation.
Unfortunately, the Cherries have lost on all four previous Premier League trips to Goodison Park and the Toffees are coming off a good win at Sheffield United.
We’re going for a home win at 5/4 for our opening Everton vs Bournemouth prediction.
A Look At Everton’s Betting Odds
There was a feeling that Everton had eased off for the season during a four-match winless run, but such fears were swept aside at Bramall Lane on Monday.
Richarlison’s strike just after the break helped earn the Toffees a 1-0 triumph, which prompted praise from Carlo Ancelotti.
He said: “It is not easy to find motivation when the season is close to the end, but it is an important sign for the future that this team has this quality.
“The players have to know what our supporters expect from us – fighting spirit and concentration. The fact we were able to show this is a positive sign.”
Everton are unbeaten in 11 home league matches since December’s departure of Marco Silva and will not want to end the campaign by surrendering that proud record.
Looking at the Everton vs Bournemouth odds, we like 13/5 for the Toffees to oblige and both teams to score.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin could do with a goal after drawing a blank since lockdown, leaving him on 13 in the league this term.
He scored in the last two meetings between these sides, so the 23-year-old is worth backing at 16/5 to break the deadlock.
Last Everton line-up: Pickford, Keane, Digne, Sidibe, Branthwaite, Sigurdsson, Gomes, Davies, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Walcott.
A Look At Bournemouth’s Betting Odds
Bournemouth are long odds-on to go down following last Sunday’s 2-0 home loss to Southampton, which featured a heart-breaking finale.
After trailing to a Danny Ings strike, substitute Sam Surridge looked to have rescued a point for the Cherries late on, only for VAR to rule out that effort.
Che Adams then wrapped up victory for Saints with a stoppage-time score at the other end, although the visitors were good value for the win overall.
“It was just sickening at the end,” admitted keeper Aaron Ramsdale. “To think you’ve got a point back and it ends up being ruled out – but we are going to pick ourselves up.”
To be fair, Bournemouth had shown plenty of spirit in three previous outings; drawing with Tottenham, beating Leicester 4-1 and only losing 2-1 at Manchester City.
However, Ramsdale confessed: “The hardest thing is we haven’t been good enough over the duration of 37 games.”
The Cherries concede an alarming number of goals just before half-time, with 17 let in between 31 minutes and the interval being a division high.
Let’s add 5/2 for the Toffees to score in that period here to our Everton vs Bournemouth betting tips.
Last Bournemouth line-up: Ramsdale, Cook, Stacey, Rico, Kelly, Lerma, Stanislas, Brooks, Billing, King, Wilson.
Sheff Utd 0-1 EVERTON – Richarlison
BOURNEMOUTH 0-2 Southampton
Head-to-head: Bournemouth 3-1 Everton, Everton 2-0 Bournemouth, Bournemouth 2-2 Everton, Bournemouth 2-1 Everton, Everton 2-1 Bournemouth
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