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Everton v Bournemouth
Possibly the most important match of the weekend, if Everton win then the Leeds and Leicester results don’t matter. Only Arsenal have had a longer run in the top division than Everton who haven’t been relegated since the 1950/51 season. Goodison Park always provides a great atmosphere and the Evertonians always add the extra energy that can help Everton get a result.
Bournemouth’s only goal this season was to stay in the Premier League and they have managed it with more than a game to play. Bournemouth will see this game as a chance to celebrate their successful season and they would much rather do this with a win, even if it comes at the expense of Everton here.
This is a must-watch game this weekend in what could be a rollercoaster of a relegation battle. This piece includes a 2.21/1 Everton vs Bournemouth bet builder which can only add to a great spectacle.
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Everton chase final points to secure survival
It will be a day full of tension at Goodison Park on Sunday, Everton have never been relegated from the Premier League but that could all change today. Everton know that they have theoretically the easiest final match of all the teams in the relegation battle and they are also in the driving seat, they win and they stay up no matter what happens elsewhere. For this reason, Leicester and Leeds fans will both have an eye on this match as they are relying on Everton failing to win. While Bournemouth at home is close to the best final match they could have asked for, Everton’s poor form is a cause for concern, they have won just 1 of their last 10 matches.
However, Everton’s performances have improved recently, they beat Brighton 5-1, beat Manchester City on xG on the way to an unlucky 3-0 loss and a last-minute goal against Wolves secured them a deserved draw there. Everton bet builder predictions will therefore have to focus on a nervy game where Everton play safe, if they do take the lead they will not go searching for a second goal.
All games are important but it stands to reason that being the last game and what is on it it is a massive game. I don’t really need to emphasise that, everybody knows it. We go into open-minded as it is what it is, that’s the challenge of being a footballer.Sean Dyche on the importance of this Bouremouth clash
Everton team news
Everton have suffered a major setback with the injury of Dominic Calvert-Lewin but Dyche was keen to point out that they learned to cope without him when Dyche first joined so they will still be fine. The injury to Nathan Patterson is also a blow for Everton’s chances, they are a bit short of options at right back, Mason Holgate may take his place.
However it is not all bad news for Everton, Amadou Onana is fully fit and ready to start after previous worries he would not be fully fit. Without their focal point up front, Everton bet builder predictions will need to account for Everton’s slight change in style. It is also worth noting that Dwight McNeil started at left back for Everton in their last match, he may play the same position here which will see his shooting numbers drop.
Cherries’ chance to crush Everton’s dreams
There are not many people who can say they expected Bournemouth to avoid relegation this season but Gary O’Neil has done a fantastic job to secure them another season in the Premier League. After their 4-1 thumping of Leeds which effectively secured their safety, Bournemouth have lost 3 in a row and O’Neil has taken to rotate the squad a little and give starting places to some who had mainly been sat on the sidelines this season. Bournemouth will want to finish the season with a win and could theoretically finish 13th, however, they will not be particularly bothered with a loss or draw, their goal for the season is done. Bournemouth have been quite strong away from home recently, they got important 1-0 wins at relegation rivals Wolves, Southampton and Leicester.
This previous good form away at teams battling relegation will mean the players will be confident that they are more than good enough to pick up a win. Bournemouth have been solid defensively under O’Neil, for Bournemouth bet builder predictions for this match we can expect some of this solidity to go out the window as they relax and focus on playing nicer football, rather than grinding out results which they don’t need to do anymore.
There are a lot of things that have happened up until this point, so it will never be Bournemouth which impacts someone staying up or down.Gary O’Neil on the possibility of his side relegating Everton
Bournemouth team news
Bournemouth will be without Joe Rothwell here, Gary O’Neil mentioned how he was able to start surgery for an issue he had been managing all season, and without the need to risk him, he won’t start. Based on this we can assume that Bournemouth won’t be taking any risks with their line-up. Phillip Billing is expected to be fit for Bournemouth though, he has been one of Bournemouth’s best players this season, and having him available for this match is a big boost for Bournemouth’s chances.
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Everton v Bournemouth
This should be an edgy match, knowing a draw may be enough for Everton, they will be in no rush to push men forward and will do anything to stop Bournemouth from having any real chances. We can expect a lot of little fouls from Everton, especially when trying to stop any counter-attacks.
Everton have averaged 11.2 fouls per 90 over their last 5 matches which is a higher rate than most teams. James Garner averages 1.65 fouls per 90 and he has committed a foul in 5 of his 6 starts under Dyche so far this season. Lerma, Billing, and Christie could all start in midfield against Garner and all draw a lot of fouls.
Sean Dyche has struggled without a recognised striker and has settled on Demarai Gray as a striker when Calvert-Lewin is injured. Demarai Gray has averaged 0.86 fouls per 90 but as a striker his numbers are significantly higher.
Gray has committed a foul in 5 of his 6 starts as a striker under Dyche and came on as a striker against Wolves in his last match and committed a foul. Zabarnyi at centre back draws 0.87 fouls per 90 while Senesi draws 0.49 per 90. Gray will want to stop counterattacks at the source and this will likely see him commit at least 1 foul.
However this match goes, it is likely Everton will concede a lot of shots. At some point in the match they will know they either need to shut up shop to stay up, allowing Bournemouth all the possession, or they will need to desperately push for a goal, leaving a lot of space for Bournemouth counter attacks. Bournemouth’s main attacking threat is Dominic Solanke, he has 6 goals and 7 assists this season. Solanke averages 2.44 shots per 90 and has had 3 shots or more in 6 of his last 11 matches. This match should be a bit of an anomaly where he has more shots than normal given the circumstances of the match, meaning he could easily hit 3 or more shots.
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