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Bournemouth v Everton: Goalkeepers look away now - the Vitality could be the place to go for goals galoreBournemouth host Everton in a Premier League clash at the Vitality Stadium Both teams had a number of participants in international football this week Everton are currently sixth in the Premier League, Bournemouth are 15thBournemouth v Everton, Vitality Stadium, Sunday 2pm

Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane would've probably been thinking they'd head into Everton's match against Bournemouth nice and refreshed after a quiet match against Kosovo.

Instead, they'll be wondering how the world's 120th-ranked team managed to put three goals past England on Tuesday night, and hoping it doesn't happen to them again in the Premier League on Sunday. 

Everton are the top six, where some have tipped them to finish at the end of the season. However, they'll still need to improve performances to stay there. 

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford watched three goals for Kosovo fly by in midweek

They got an important, hard-fought win over rivals Wolves before the international break, but they've also lost 2-0 against newly promoted Aston Villa (who Bournemouth beat) and could only manage a 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace. 

With an in-form Richarlison and a Bournemouth defence which has let in three goals in each of their last two games, we could be expecting a goal-fest. Plus, Bournemouth haven't kept a clean sheet so far this season.

Bournemouth are sitting in 15th place, so will be looking to improve with a win on Sunday

In fact, this fixture is historically one of the highest scoring in the Premier League, with an average of 3.9 goals per game. They've played each other on eight occasions, and the ball has hit the back of the net 31 times. 

Don't count Bournemouth out, though. They've lost twice this season, but only to champions Manchester City and high-flying Leicester, and although they haven't stopped the goals going in, they've scored in every match so far too. 

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe feels the imminent return of 'big players' like midfielder Lewis Cook can help kick-start their campaign. England international Cook is in the final stages of rehabilitation from the serious knee injury he suffered last season. 

'This weekend might come a bit too early for Lewis Cook, he's trained now for a sustained period of time and looked really good,' Howe said. 'He is getting closer and closer and I will have to make a late call on him.'

'It is a huge boost to the team when you consider players like Simon Francis and Lewis Cook all beginning to be back involved around the training group. They are big players for us and we are really looking forward to getting a healthy squad back together.' 

Everton are down as favourites at 29/20, while the best you'll get for Bournemouth to win is 13/5. If you fancy a draw, you'll get odds of around 11/5.

Richarlison has scored three in his last two games for Everton, and Moise Kean scored for Italy Under 21s in midweek so you fancy them to link up against Bournemouth's leaky defence. The Toffees stood strong in their first three games, but let in two against Wolves, and both Harry and Callum Wilson have been in goalscoring form for the Cherries. So, adding in a Both Teams to Score at 6/10 may give your accumulator a boost. For a LONG SHOT, you could try Harry Wilson to score first at 9/1. Bournemouth have struck early a few times already this season.

THE STATS THAT MATTER  Bournemouth are unbeaten in all four of their Premier League home games against Everton (W2 D2), their joint-best unbeaten home record against a side in the competition (also four vs Leicester).Everton have only kept one clean sheet in their eight Premier League meetings with Bournemouth (2-0 in January 2019), though they’ve also only failed to score in one of those matches (0-1 in September 2016).Of Premier League fixtures to be played at least eight times, only Blackburn v Nottingham Forest (4) and Liverpool v Norwich (4) have a higher goals-per-game ratio than Bournemouth v Everton (3.9 – 31 goals in 8 games).Bournemouth haven’t lost three consecutive Premier League games since December 2018, when they lost four in a row.Richarlison has scored three goals in his last two Everton appearances in all competitions – as many as in his previous 16 games combined.Everton manager Marco Silva has lost against 22 of the 26 teams he’s faced in the Premier League but he’s yet to lose against Bournemouth (P4 W3 D1 L0).Bournemouth’s Josh King has been directly involved in seven goals in his seven Premier League matches against Everton (4 goals, 3 assists), only failing to score or assist a goal in his last appearance against them in January 2019.Everton’s Moise Kean assisted Richarlison’s first goal against Wolves – the 19-year-old could become the first teenager to assist in consecutive Premier League appearances for the Toffees since Francis Jeffers in April 1999.Bournemouth have conceded three times in each of their last two games, 3-1 defeats to Man City and Leicester City – since joining the top-flight in 2015, the Cherries have conceded more goals than any other Premier League side (273).Everton are yet to lose a Premier League game in 2019 played on Sunday (W5 D2 L0) while opponents Bournemouth have lost all three Sunday games this calendar year. Advertisement


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