Everton vs Bournemouth – Saturday 23rd September 2017 – 15:00 

Everton are 8/13 with Wayne Rooney at 4/1 to score first.

Everton face Bournemouth at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon, in the sixth round of matches.

The Toffees come into this match in mixed form, despite winning 3-0 against Sunderland in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored a goal either side of the break for the Toffees (38, 51), easing the pressure on Ronald Koeman.

Oumar Niasse put the icing on the cake for the hosts (83), with his goal seven minutes from time making it 3-0.

It was a dominant performance from the Toffees, who scored their first goal and kept their first clean sheet for the first time in four matches.

 

New Squad 

It has been a productive off season for Everton, with manager Ronald Koeman recruiting heavily.

His side have suffered heavily in the last four matches, they have conceded 12 goals without reply.

The negativity surrounding Wayne Rooney has contributed, with the leading scorer for England missing during the last four games.

It will be a huge season for Everton, with Ronald Koeman expected to deliver a top four finish.

 

Toffees Favourites

Everton come into this match as the favourites, with home advantage informing the odds.

Ronald Koeman will be looking to win this fixture and maximise their home advantage.

Everton will be looking for a fourth win in six games against Bournemouth.

Tough Start

Bournemouth come into this match on the back of a 1-0 win at home against Brighton, a great result for Howe's side.

It sees the Cherries record two wins over the same opponent, having beaten them 2-1 in the Friday Night Football.

Both sides made a whole host of changes, but they both also respected the cup by fielding excellent sides.

Joshua King scored the only goal of the game in added time (99), with the forward coming off the bench to score.

Despite the scoreline, there were plenty of chances created by both sides, but the Cherries were completely dominant.

 

Improvements Needed

Bournemouth have had a tough campaign, with the Cherries winning just one of their opening five matches.

That win came in their last Premier League fixture against the Seagulls, who they came from behind to beat 2-1.

They face an Everton side who have struggled in their last three Premier League matches, although they were facing quality opposition.

The Cherries find themselves in 19th place, one point and one place behind hosts Everton, a win would see them move above Everton.

Cherries Underdogs

Eddie Howe's side come into this match as the underdogs, despite recording back to back wins.

This will be a tough match for Bournemouth, with Everton and Koeman in desperate need of a result.

Bournemouth will be looking for only their second win in six matches against the Toffees.

Bournemouth are 17/4 with Jermain Defoe at 13/2 to open the scoring.

 

Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Rooney to score first @ 4/1

Tip 2 – Everton to win 3-2 @ 25/1

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