Wayne Rooney is available again after overcoming a virus
Everton close out 2017 with a trip to Bournemouth looking to secure what would be only their third away win of the calendar year.
The Blues' abysmal away form under Ronald Koeman, where they registered a solitary victory at Crystal Palace last January, has only marginally improved in recent weeks with the narrow success at Newcastle and they were held to a goalless bore draw at struggling West Brom on Boxing Day.
A visit to another club battling to avoid a relegation battle in the second half of the campaign offers another chance to end the year on a high, however.
Having failed to win any of their last eight Premier League matches, Bournemouth will begin the weekend in the drop zone but will take heart from their recent performances at the Vitality Stadium against Everton. They battled back to draw 3-3 in this fixture in 2015 and beat the Blues in September last year thanks to Junior Stanislas's solitary goal.
Eddie Howe's plans this time have been hit hard by injuries to his forward line, however. Stanislas is ruled out along with Jermain Defoe while Josh King and midfielder Andrew Surman will undergo late fitness tests to see if they can make it.
Sam Allardyce, meanwhile, wasn't shy in expressing his frustrations with the striking options at his disposal as he discussed his options in the coming transfer window where Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun has emerged as a top target.
"Players already here, like Sandro, haven't picked up the pace of the Premier League,” the boss said today. “He hasn't been able to show what he showed in Spain.
”I think Oumar [Niasse], while he has scored, hasn't made a regular place in the Everton side. And young [Dominic] Calvert-Lewin is battling away but still his goal record is around four.
“I think he's got a bright future, but I don't think we can rely on him week in and week out at the moment."
While a deal for Tosun is reportedly close, he wouldn't be able to sign until the New Year so Allardyce will continue with the options available to him right now.
Wayne Rooney's return from illness will come as a big boost for this game and James McCarthy seems to finally be fit following a succession of soft-tissue complaints but Idrissa Gueye is unlikely to be risked.
Leighton Baines won't be ready, however. The fullback continues to struggle with a calf complaint and isn't expected to resume training for another couple of weeks or so which will require Cuco Martina to deputise again out of his natural position on the left.
Kick-off: 3pm, Saturday 30 December, 2017
Last Time: Bournemouth 1 - 0 Everton
Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Kenny, Holgate, Keane, Williams, Martina, Schneiderlin, Lennon, Rooney, Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin
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1 Posted 29/12/2017 at 17:55:16
Be great to have Rooney, Gueye, Bolasie and McCarthy lining up for the cup game along with Tosun that's why I think we need to get a Bolasie and McCarthy up to speed, and rest a couple.
2 Posted 29/12/2017 at 18:10:37
Hats off to Allardyce for getting us out of the mire so quickly but please let's be (a lot) more offensive asap. Against Chelsea fair doos, but against West Brom or Bournemouth? Attack, Sam. Please.
3 Posted 29/12/2017 at 18:12:03
They say you never miss the water till the well runs dry; it was sorely missed in the shape of Rooney and Gana, fortunately Rooney will be back but Gana is still out for a while.
Schneiderlin, admittedly has been slightly better the last two games, but I would like to see him move on if we can get whoever in (Nzonzi or Seri) a few others hopefully being shipped out too.
4 Posted 29/12/2017 at 18:19:38
5 Posted 29/12/2017 at 18:25:57
Sam won't be too offensive, Rooney, Sigurdsson and dead balls will be our muted threat.
6 Posted 29/12/2017 at 18:30:20
7 Posted 29/12/2017 at 18:33:11
8 Posted 29/12/2017 at 18:45:37
Somehow I don't think so. There are six decent teams in the Premier League the rest are crap... Everton included.
9 Posted 29/12/2017 at 19:01:05
10 Posted 29/12/2017 at 19:01:29
11 Posted 29/12/2017 at 19:02:45
I doubt we will see much of a difference to the West Brom game, expect a draw, hope for a win.
Once the transfer window has closed and we see who is in and who has gone, hopefully Allardyce can start playing a more expansive game.
12 Posted 29/12/2017 at 19:12:07
I should have a good feeling about tomorrow but, for some reason, it keeps coming into my mind that I can see this being the type of game we get turned over in .
Bournemouth play the game in a rather attacking manner so that means they will get chances whilst leaving space at the back themselves; but we are seldom any good as an attacking unit, especially away from home , so the Cherries are liable to get away with expansive football tomorrow.
I would personally leave Calvert-Lewin and Davies on the bench. Calvert-Lewin looks jaded and isn't exactly pulling up trees whilst, for me, the whole season has literally passed Davies by without him making any real meaningful contributions.
13 Posted 29/12/2017 at 19:13:39
14 Posted 29/12/2017 at 20:00:15
I would call that a very considerable improvement.
15 Posted 29/12/2017 at 21:58:59
Maybe Rooney's return will add the vital spark.
17 Posted 29/12/2017 at 23:47:56
No longer looking over our shoulder, and with hard games to start the New Year no excuses not to play a way that doesn't resemble a bulldog chewing a wasp. Team reflects their manager I guess.
18 Posted 30/12/2017 at 01:29:19
I don't know why, but I think we take 3 points tomorrow.
19 Posted 30/12/2017 at 04:21:29
Holgate Jagielka Keane
Lennon McCarthy Schneiderlin Sigurdsson
Rooney Niasse Bolasie
Subs: Robles, Williams, Baningime, Davies, Sandro, Lookman, Calvert-Lewin
Well earned rests for Kenny, Martina, Calvert-Lewin.
20 Posted 30/12/2017 at 05:04:30
If Bournemouth are dangerous anywhere its on the wings.
I certainly would not rest Kenny or Martina tomorrow and I don't see the need for 3 at the back.
My team pick:-
Kenny Holgate/Keane Williams Martina
Lennon Rooney Sigurdsson Bolasie
Although I don't think Allardyce will drop Calvert-Lewinand I doubt he will start Bolasie.
21 Posted 30/12/2017 at 05:17:25
22 Posted 30/12/2017 at 09:10:46
Not rocket science saying it, but doing it easier said than done of course. A pivotal game this weekend for the confidence I feel, with bigger fish to fry in the coming games.
23 Posted 30/12/2017 at 09:18:59
25 Posted 30/12/2017 at 10:18:19
26 Posted 30/12/2017 at 10:22:30
27 Posted 30/12/2017 at 10:25:51
28 Posted 30/12/2017 at 10:53:57
30 Posted 30/12/2017 at 10:56:51
31 Posted 30/12/2017 at 11:14:37
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In my opinion a Godsend, I can watch each match, very rarely have buffering or freezing, and join in on the Live Forum at the same time. One little thing the matches tend to be about 1-2 mins behind actual time so listening to Radio is a spoiler, (especially if the opposition score)
33 Posted 30/12/2017 at 12:50:20
Kenny, Holgate, Williams, Martina,
Lennon, Sigurdsson, Vlasic
I feel DCL deserves a rest and Niasse has more of a threat than Sandro. We have to be more on the front foot against teams in the bottom half as there are enough games when we will park the bus.
34 Posted 30/12/2017 at 13:11:36
All this rubbish of players needing a rest!!! if they can't turn up for a game and collect their £60,000 a week get rid of them...
I feel so sorry for the poor tired little things.
35 Posted 30/12/2017 at 13:12:31
36 Posted 30/12/2017 at 13:17:43
37 Posted 30/12/2017 at 13:19:49
Seeing 1-1 today but whatever, hope we show a bit more intent this week.
Get in you Blues!
38 Posted 30/12/2017 at 13:22:26
He was a very nice bloke and certainly wasnt anti-Everton when I was talking to him!
40 Posted 30/12/2017 at 13:37:16
41 Posted 30/12/2017 at 13:37:27
I can't even watch their post match interviews and stuff without using a VPN!
42 Posted 30/12/2017 at 13:41:07
Hopefully those days are paling into significance, but last week was awful at WBA, lessons learnt with any luck.
43 Posted 30/12/2017 at 13:41:41
And there are many stream players out there for free.
44 Posted 30/12/2017 at 13:41:46
45 Posted 30/12/2017 at 13:44:29
Yes you can, but hes not cheap!
I heard that as a kid all the time, but never knew what people were on about! Before my time!
46 Posted 30/12/2017 at 13:49:00
47 Posted 30/12/2017 at 13:50:17
John Nugent, no it will work on any Internet connectable device, I use it on Amazon Firestick, but it would work too on PC, Laptop etc. Hope that helps.
48 Posted 30/12/2017 at 14:01:26
49 Posted 30/12/2017 at 14:02:27
From here if you download Aceplayer and use their link you get excellent quality streams as long as your internet is decent. Sometimes the Russian links are the best as long as you don't mind the commentary.
50 Posted 30/12/2017 at 14:02:54
Kenny, Keane, Jagielka, MArtina
Lennon, McCarthy, Schneiderlin, Gueye, Sigurdson,
51 Posted 30/12/2017 at 14:03:40
52 Posted 30/12/2017 at 14:03:48
53 Posted 30/12/2017 at 14:05:00
54 Posted 30/12/2017 at 14:06:14
Always there but suspect the great bosses of TW need to control volume as so many of us post on match day
55 Posted 30/12/2017 at 14:06:30
Sams our saviour
56 Posted 30/12/2017 at 14:08:32
I subscribe to the licensed broadcaster in Thailand (TrueVisions £5 a month) but my work takes me away a bit so I use a streaming app. It's frustrating though that I can't watch us on Sky when we have a 3 pm kick off, and BeIn always has us on Ch.7 which is the only one I can't get!!
That's why I'd like the worldwide links back as I can check out other country broadcasters to see if I can access the game.
57 Posted 30/12/2017 at 14:08:56
58 Posted 30/12/2017 at 14:09:04
Then score 4 second half.
59 Posted 30/12/2017 at 14:09:11
60 Posted 30/12/2017 at 14:10:48
61 Posted 30/12/2017 at 14:11:01
62 Posted 30/12/2017 at 14:18:47
63 Posted 30/12/2017 at 14:22:13
64 Posted 30/12/2017 at 14:22:30
Whether his thinking is; stop them scoring; and later introduce a couple of attacking options; and come away hopefully with three points. Just hope it works.
Interesting too that neither Lookman, or Vlasic, has any role again.
65 Posted 30/12/2017 at 14:26:28
The lineup is more what Id have expected come Monday against Man United or next Friday but not against a Bournemouth side that leaks goals
66 Posted 30/12/2017 at 14:44:24
67 Posted 30/12/2017 at 15:01:25
Ill be amazed if its not a repeat dose of boxing day.
Very disappointing selection box for this game.
The bench looks the only place to look for salvation.
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