Bournemouth v Everton

23 Sep

Jack Wilshere


Jack Wilshere has not completed a full game in the Premier League for over two years

TEAM NEWS

Bournemouth midfielder Dan Gosling is pushing for a starting spot, having impressed in Tuesday’s EFL Cup defeat at Preston.

Manager Eddie Howe has said there are a “couple of injury issues” but would not name the affected players.

Romelu Lukaku is in line for an Everton return after missing the EFL Cup exit against Norwich with a toe injury.

James McCarthy and Darron Gibson are not yet ready to return, while Muhamed Besic is a long-term absentee.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

John Motson: “This match last season was probably the most thrilling game I commentated on throughout the campaign. This time round there is plenty of potential interest again, not least because of the Ross Barkley-Jack Wilshere factor.

“At one time both players have been billed as the next big thing for England but they have stumbled along the way. Their performances this weekend will be of particular interest to Sam Allardyce.

“Away from that storyline, the teams they represent have had contrasting fortunes this season. Everton are enjoying a great start under Ronald Koeman while Bournemouth might be starting to see what is meant by second-season syndrome.”

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe on last season’s corresponding fixture: “The home game was a turning point in our season. We looked like we were down and out and beaten with about 30 seconds of the game to go and we scored that last-gasp goal to make it 3-3 and I think that revitalised our season.

“We need to find that determination again if we are going to stay up.”

Everton manager Ronald Koeman on the goalless midweek display against Norwich: “Against different systems or different ways of defending, you need to be prepared. But it was not the problem that we did not create opportunities (against Norwich). We did not score the goal.

“The quality players can make a difference in the productivity that we did not have on Tuesday. Before that (we did), and that’s important because it’s one of the qualities of the players.”

LAWRO’S PREDICTION

Everton boss Ronald Koeman and Cherries manager Eddie Howe have criticised their teams after their midweek EFL Cup defeats, and I think they will be much improved – and much changed again – on Saturday.

Prediction: 1-1

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MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • There were three meetings between these sides last season, as many as there had been in the previous 78 years.

Bournemouth

  • Bournemouth have an identical record after five games as they did last season (W1, D1, L3).
  • The Cherries have kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 Premier League games.
  • Jack Wilshere has failed to complete 90 minutes in any of his last 18 league matches. He last played a full game in the top flight on 13 September 2014.

Everton

  • Everton have won four of their first five league games for the first time since 1978-79. Victory on Saturday would represent their best start since 1969.
  • They are one of three unbeaten sides, along with Manchester City and Tottenham.
  • Gareth Barry has scored two goals in his last four Premier League games, as many as in his previous 95 appearances.
  • Romelu Lukaku has scored four goals in his last two games in all competitions after failing to find the back of the net in the previous 13.
  • Lukaku – and Ross Barkley – scored two goals each against Bournemouth last season.

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