PREVIEW | Everton V Bournemouth

Everton remain at home for the second week in a row where they will be hosting Bournemouth. The Blues will be hoping for a much better result that last weekend’s 2-1 loss to Luton Town.

Everton rewind

Everton handed Luton Town their first win in Premier League history last Saturday at Goodison. An abysmal performance by the entire team and woeful judgement by Dyche made Luton Town look like an experienced and talented side.

Luton were an organized side but they do lack quality. Yet, you would not have been able to tell last Saturday. Going down 2-0 off two set pieces, which were defended horribly, put us in a hole early. We were able pull one by back thanks to DCL right before half.

The second half would be a display of ill management, an ugly half of football.

Bournemouth Vs. Arsenal

There is not all that much to say about this match. Arsenal comfortably dismantled Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium 4-0. The stats show Bournemouth had a fair share of possession but could not turn it into quality attempts (0.64 xG). Arsenal dominated in every aspect of the game, nobody expected any other result than an Arsenal win.

Everton’s key player

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, a man in form. Three goals in three matches and I don’t think that changes this game. DCL is in the 91st percentile for aerial duels won per 90, a very important statistic to note in a Sean Dyche side.

Hold up play and aerial prowess should play a huge factor in the match Saturday. Everton will look to play into their target man from wide positions, so expect to see more crosses and direct balls this week. Unlike the Luton match, Everton will have to be more creative offensively if they want to be a threat with the ball.

Bournemouth’s key player

Dominic Solanke, Bournemouth’s leading goal scorer with three. Bournemouth’s danger man has contributed to all four of their goals this season (one assist, three goals). Bournemouth play in a very narrow 4-2-3-1 which allows them to play very direct and fast into Solanke. Our center-backs should be able to halt this attack due to the low block Dyche prefers to play. 

Final thoughts

Having yet to win at home this season is very depressing. Goodison is no longer the fortress it used to be, but with Bournemouth having not won a game yet this season, maybe it’s time to change that narrative and get three home points. This is one of the “easier” games we have for the foreseeable future and those three points would take some pressure off of Dyche and the boys.

Lastly, Dyche will need to change the public opinion of himself with a definitive win. A lot of fans are already calling for his head after Lutron’s win at Goodison, but he has shown he can get a tune out of this side…just not consistently.


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