Everton v Bournemouth

Roberto Martinez

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says he is “ready to fight more than ever” as dissent grows among the club’s supporters.


Everton are still missing several defenders for the visit of Bournemouth, with Phil Jagielka and Seamus Coleman sidelined by hamstring injuries and Ramiro Funes Mori suspended.

Gareth Barry is out with a groin strain, while there could be debuts for Matthew Pennington and Kieran Dowell.

Bournemouth winger Max Gradel could return from a calf problem.

Full-back Adam Smith and midfielder Harry Arter remain sidelined by respective groin and Achilles injuries.


Martin Fisher: “This looks like being one of those days when the match is a sideshow.

“There is a growing hostility towards Roberto Martinez amongst Evertonians frustrated by their lowly league position, angered by their awful home record, embarrassed by their derby defeat and not at all placated by two brilliant cup runs that brought semi-final heartbreak.

“There will be banners, there will be chants and the mood could turn nasty – especially if Bournemouth inflict a ninth defeat on Everton at Goodison Park.

“And as Steve McClaren discovered to his cost last month the smallest club in the Premier League are well capable of banging in the final nail.”

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez: “Scrutiny I welcome and accept. I understand it completely. But it shouldn’t be scrutiny of the last two or three months. It should be of three seasons, scrutiny about the team we’ve put together.

“The first season we had a record points tally, last season we were the last team in the British game to be knocked out of Europe, this season we made two semi-finals.

“I’m ready to fight more than ever to find a way to challenge for silverware.”

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe on reports linking him with Everton: “I don’t think I have to reaffirm my commitment here every week, which seems to be a regular pattern. I love it here and I’m committed to the job.

“When you’re a manager yourself you have the full support and understanding of other managers. It’s a very difficult profession and you’re judged constantly every week on your results, on a lot of aspects of your job. It’s very tough at this level.”


Bournemouth will go on the attack, which should help Everton, and I am going to back the Toffees on the basis that they need to win a lot more than Bournemouth do.

Prediction: 2-1

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  • This will be the first time Everton have hosted Bournemouth in a league game.
  • It will be the sixth competitive meeting between the sides. Everton have won four of the previous five – with the only exception being November’s reverse fixture, which ended 3-3.


  • Everton have claimed 17 points at home this season – Aston Villa are the only Premier League side with a worse record.
  • They have conceded 29 times at Goodison Park – only Bournemouth (33) and Villa (35) have shipped more goals at home.
  • Romelu Lukaku has failed to score in his last six league and cup games, having scored six times in his previous six appearances.
  • Ross Barkley has not set up a Premier League goal in 2016, while his only top-flight goals this calendar year were both penalties against Newcastle in February.


  • The Cherries have lost four of their last five games, the only exception being their 2-1 win at Aston Villa.
  • However, Eddie Howe’s side have lost just one of their last seven Premier League away matches (W3, D3).
  • Bournemouth registered 10 shots on target against Everton in November’s reverse fixture, the most they have ever managed in a Premier League match.

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