Will Moise Kean lead the line again?
Everton are on the south coast this weekend to face Bournemouth as the Premier League programme resumes following the first international break of the season.
The Blues went into the two-week hiatus on a high thanks to a stirring 3-2 win over Wolves at Goodison Park but must now face up to what is perhaps their biggest challenge where maintaining a top-six challenge is concerned — namely winning away from home against inferior opposition.
Everton's home record since early February has been excellent but in that time they have registered just two wins on their travels, a 2-0 win at West Ham and a 3-0 victory over doomed Cardiff City, while losing eminently winnable matches at Newcastle, Fulham and Aston Villa and twice dropping points at Crystal Palace.
Marco Silva's influence over his team has manifested itself in a greater confidence to dominate the ball at away grounds but without consistently turning that possession into chances, goals and wins. Instilling in his charges the self-belief to start acting like a top-six team and go for the opposition's jugular in these away games is the next step that the Portuguese must take if he is to realise the club's ambitions.
He could — and probably will — help his cause by naming his strongest attacking line-up; the one that started against Wolves and proved so dangerous for much of that match. Indeed, barring any training-ground injury mishaps, Silva will likely play the same XI that started last time out, with Alex Iwobi preferred to Bernard and Moise Kean selected ahead of Dominic Calvert-Lewin up front.
The Italian didn't pull up any trees against Wolves but the signs of his raw talent are clearly evident and every appearance gives him more exposure to the English game, something that was always going to be crucial to his success in the Premier League. His superior movement and trickery to DCL could prove to be more effective against what is a weaker defence this weekend as he seeks his first goal since joining from Juventus.
Everton are priced at 11/8 to follow up their win over Wolves at Bournemouth and you can discover the latest free bet no deposit offers at www.bettinglounge.co.uk before grabbing what appear to be generous odds.
An FA Cup victory in 2016 aside, these trips to Bournemouth have been anything other than routine for Everton since the Cherries gained promotion to the top flight the previous year. Indeed, they are in danger of becoming a source of Evertonian frustration given that the Toffees have blown important leads and ended up drawing or tasted bitter defeat at Dean Court on their past four visits.
No Blues fan will forget the almost comical scenes in November 2015 when Ross Barkley sparked wild scenes among the travelling faithful with a “winner” four minutes into stoppage time after Roberto Martinez's Everton had blown a 2-0 lead in the last 10 minutes of the regulation 90… only for Junior Stanislas to notch his second goal of the game even deeper into added time to ensure the match ended 3-3.
Then, having lost 1-0 under Ronald Koeman and 2-1 under Sam Allardyce in the two preceding seasons and had 2018 summer signing Richarlison sent off after just 40 minutes, Everton carved out another 2-0 advantage at the Vitality Stadium last year but ended up drawing 2-2 even after Adam Smith received his marching orders for Bournemouth in the second half.
Silva will be hoping for a more disciplined and defensively sound performance this time around while looking to capitalise on Eddie Howe's defence, which has conceded nine goals already this season, plus his preference for open, attacking football which should ensure that Everton's front line get plenty of opportunities to do the kind of damage they did against Wolves.
Bournemouth will be missing Simon Francis and Lloyd Kelly at the back while Lewis Cook will undergo a late fitness test. Meanwhile, it looks as though Jonas Lössl and longer-term absentee Jean-Philippe Gbamin are Silva's only injury concerns.
Kick-off: 2pm, Sunday 15 September 2019
Referee: Paul Tierney
Last Time: Bournemouth 2-2 Everton
Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Gomes, Delph, Sigurdsson, Iwobi, Richarlison, Kean
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1 Posted 14/09/2019 at 00:51:22
A win will be a bonus.. a win and good performance icing on the cake...
I think Dom will get the nod to start... we have conceded silly goals as of late so hopefully they have been working on that...
2 Posted 14/09/2019 at 00:56:30
It seems absolutely ages since that game, these International Breaks are very disruptive to bread and butter Club Football. I wish they would devise a system where the two, Club and International were more compatible.
3 Posted 14/09/2019 at 01:23:16
As usual, we're the more talented side, but as Lyndon noted, Howe always has them playing with passion and commitment, especially at home.
I was disappointed to see Boruc isn't their starter in goal anymore -- he's always good for a gift -- but the new guy has been beaten by almost half the shots he has seen this season, so this is a great day for a debut goal for young Mr Kean.
4 Posted 14/09/2019 at 01:26:48
5 Posted 14/09/2019 at 01:43:05
6 Posted 14/09/2019 at 01:51:07
They have several injuries and are such an up and down side.
No excuses not to win this game. I still dont see enough variations in our attacking patterns, we definitely need to get through the middle as well as our main outlets at full back.
If we dont win add that to Villa and Palace, it tells me Silva still cannot mastermind wins away from home.
7 Posted 14/09/2019 at 02:00:56
8 Posted 14/09/2019 at 03:42:03
Then play him a full 90 in the League Cup at Sheffield.
9 Posted 14/09/2019 at 06:55:42
10 Posted 14/09/2019 at 08:02:37
Howe will have spotted our lack of pace in midfield but Delph, playing his first Premier League away game for us, should make us stronger in that area.
11 Posted 14/09/2019 at 08:03:58
A win and we will be sitting pretty.
12 Posted 14/09/2019 at 08:07:52
13 Posted 14/09/2019 at 08:13:27
Our squad still looks lightweight, we urgently need a pacey goalscorer and a solid center half in the next window to push on for that CL spot.
14 Posted 14/09/2019 at 08:45:22
15 Posted 14/09/2019 at 09:53:33
In the year since then, he has hovered around the point per game mark, but his career average is still less than a point per game. His teams have got a few wins, and also put in some decent displays at places like the rs, Chelsea and Spurs but, as Lyndon says, the problems have come at Brighton, Villa, Newcastle, Southampton, Watford, Fulham.
To progress, we need to be aiming for at least an average of 2 points per game from such fixtures. Our next 4 away games, three on the south coast and one at Turf Moor, come into that category. Our manager has a good squad of players, its up to him to get them organised and motivated. Hes done it at home, now we must do better on our travels, a lot of people go to much time, effort and expense following the team. Go to it Mr Silva.
16 Posted 14/09/2019 at 10:01:43
17 Posted 14/09/2019 at 10:13:52
18 Posted 14/09/2019 at 10:17:27
Strongest team needed from the start no messing about. Moise up top, Richy and Bernard both start. Delph is quality and takes the dairy off Gomes freeing him up to find Digne & Seamus. Need stuff going through the middle to Moise, depending on how far forward Siggy is, something we have lacked so far this season. Looking to Gomes to do this.
Back four picks itself.
Bournemouth enjoy playing at home and always turn up against us.
Feel a draw is on the offing.
19 Posted 14/09/2019 at 10:45:33
Yes Bournemouth may score one but we will score three.
20 Posted 14/09/2019 at 11:22:50
21 Posted 14/09/2019 at 11:24:48
We have to get past the "midfield playmaker" and "hold up the ball" stuff because they are clichés. These days every player, including the keeper is a playmaker. Fast accurate distribution from the keeper can get a side up the park a lot faster than three or four passes from the back and a forward should not have to hold off defenders while the rest of the side huffs and puffs their way up the park. Does Aguero, Salah, Aubameyang, Rashford, Giroud, etc. hold up the ball? Of course they don't. They are quick skilful strikers who are there to score goals and they expect the rest of the side to move up fast to support them. Kean was brought in to do the same for us so the rest of the side have to do the same to support him and not leave him isolated trying to hold off defenders. These days players are athletes. They are fitter, stronger and faster than at any time. A team is a unit. When we have the ball everyone attacks. When we don't everyone defends. Watch City or Liverpool. They gain possession and everyone moves forward. They overwhelm their opposition before they can get organised. It's a high press high energy game. We have to match it if we expect to be anything other than also rans.
22 Posted 14/09/2019 at 11:57:05
We had good possession stats in our last 2 away games, but didnt turn that possession into goals, that needs to change tomorrow.
23 Posted 14/09/2019 at 12:05:54
Not beating Bournemouth could do serious damage to morale.
These are the kind of games that stick in the memory and subconscious doing all sorts of nasty things to confidence.
24 Posted 14/09/2019 at 12:30:54
On reflection we should with the possession we had have got something more than a point at Palace, but having said that Palace went on to beat United. Aston Villa was the one that really got me, we started again to have the lion's share of possession, only to concede a soft goal, and then fall to pieces.
Still feel in away games there's something missing, if one or two players are below par, the whole team tend to follow suit, come on now Everton and Marco, prove that those blips were a not to be repeated one/two offs!
25 Posted 14/09/2019 at 12:35:08
Not winning at Bournemouth is not an indicator as to whether we can break the top 6.
Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs will all find away fixtures tough and they will all drop plenty of points this season.
26 Posted 14/09/2019 at 12:35:16
27 Posted 14/09/2019 at 12:50:19
i can't see us keeping a clean sheet at B'mouth but I believe we have enough to beat them 3-1
Play DCL (cue booing) for the first 50/60 minutes and then bring on Signore Kean. He is still a young man playing in the a very frenetic league still needs time to adjust, so for me shouldn't start.
28 Posted 14/09/2019 at 12:53:30
29 Posted 14/09/2019 at 14:12:44
The only way we will improve our standing within the league is to win games like this. It's a simple approach that has to be ruthlessly applied, then a team's confidence follows.
Getting us to this point is Silva's job of course.
30 Posted 14/09/2019 at 14:20:16
31 Posted 14/09/2019 at 14:58:17
32 Posted 14/09/2019 at 15:22:08
"I haven't noticed much of a difference [between Liverpool and London] but the thing I struggle with is the accent here. When Duncan [Ferguson] was speaking to me at first, I had to listen and engage and I wasn't sure what he had said so I just agreed. ''
Very tough game, Bournemouth will be up for it, our defence will be properly tested. I think Delph playing in midfield could make the difference to us winning or drawing.
Prediction: assuming Delph plays, Bournemouth 1, Everton 2.
34 Posted 14/09/2019 at 16:52:21
35 Posted 14/09/2019 at 17:10:28
Having said that, I am fairly confident we have the players to do the job it's just how Silva deploys them, and whatever tactics, he chooses to employ.
36 Posted 14/09/2019 at 17:19:17
37 Posted 14/09/2019 at 17:28:31
38 Posted 14/09/2019 at 17:45:33
39 Posted 14/09/2019 at 17:56:52
40 Posted 14/09/2019 at 18:15:19
Given that we have played two winnable away games already, add to the fact that if all goes to the usual predictable Everton pattern, and we don't win away at any of the top six, then already there is eight away games scratched off the win list.
Can we afford to allow another one in Bournemouth pass?
We haven't been a good away team since Martinez's first season and racked up with 8 wins.
To challenge the top six, we need 12 wins at home (not easy but doable) and at least 7 or 8 away wins.
Whilst we go through every season winning 4 or 5 then no chance, it's simple as that.
41 Posted 14/09/2019 at 18:17:14
If you replace Bernard with Iwobi, you have the same as me. If we attack, we should win.
42 Posted 14/09/2019 at 19:28:20
Fucking weird season, I mean we've been utterly mediocre so far but we could be in third place this time tomorrow. Imagine what we'll do when we start gelling!
43 Posted 14/09/2019 at 20:30:05
You're right, Iwobi slipped my mind and, on the evidence of games so far this season, he has to start.
44 Posted 14/09/2019 at 20:51:45
In my view, start with the same, improve on the verbal communications on the park, be ruthless in possession and take our chances.
This season, and despite the cliche, is massive. As a Blue Nose, Eddie Howe gets the extra mile from his players, when we play them.
Tomorrow, we must have the same and 10 miles per player, to win this game. I hope we start with the same as Wolves.
45 Posted 14/09/2019 at 21:10:37
I was very impressed the way we nicked the win against Wolves. This is an unusually good start to the season. Tomorrow, I think, is a pivotal match. My prediction: Iwobo to score 2... Bournemouth 1 - 2 Everton.
I predict a very exciting season ahead.
46 Posted 14/09/2019 at 22:13:54
47 Posted 14/09/2019 at 22:22:30
I completely disagree. We simply must be beating the likes of Bournemouth home and away if we are to have any chance at all of breaking into top six.
I will be very disappointed if we do not come away with 3 points tomorrow.
48 Posted 14/09/2019 at 22:31:36
Bournemouth away with a chance to sit 3rd or 4th on Monday will tell us a lot about our current squad. The manager will go for the win - its up to the players.
My gut feeling is that they have it in them.
Up the Blues!!
49 Posted 14/09/2019 at 23:27:35
I know it's early in the season but what a boost to the supporters and players if we can do it at this stage.
We have had some strange games at Bournemouth but I'm feeling pretty confident that our season is about to take off. High-scoring win for the Blues.
50 Posted 14/09/2019 at 23:52:10
“He had a problem after the Wolves match. Unfortunately for us he didn't work all week after the Wolves match because it was an important moment for him.
“After the injury he had, then playing 70 minutes against Lincoln and after 90 minutes against Wolves – Wednesday, Sunday – it was tough for him because he didn't have many training sessions before and so it was important if he could keep doing the same during the international break.
“Unfortunately for us and for him he didn't do that because he had a small problem in his Achilles but he started to work with us this week, did so again yesterday and he is fit in this moment.”
There may be reason enough there to see him sitting out the start, such is the cautious nature of our manager.
51 Posted 14/09/2019 at 00:06:20
We're having a bit of a nightmare in midfield this season. Oh well, every misfortune is an opportunity, so we're told.
52 Posted 15/09/2019 at 00:49:39
Never change a winning side unless forced upon by suspension or injury.
53 Posted 15/09/2019 at 01:05:49
54 Posted 15/09/2019 at 01:27:08
Oddly, I remember Schneiderlin seemed somewhat injury-prone when he first arrived (had to miss out on the Derby at a time when he felt particularly indispensable to us). Then, when his form went off a cliff the following season, he suddenly morphed into an iron man (not that I would wish an injury on anyone).
55 Posted 15/09/2019 at 04:36:34
Come on you Boys and give all the True Blues a perfect Sunday.
56 Posted 15/09/2019 at 04:54:43
I'll be up for kick off, then in the car en route to my 10 year old's soccer game 2 hours away in lovely Winter Springs, FL. Will watch the second hour on the phone via stream.
And here's the thing. I've a feeling of impending doom. This is the game that sees us 3rd / 4th in the league. A chance to make a statement.
How many times have we seen this? Hell, already once this year with the Villa game! A chance to climb high averted. It's all too much, a recurring theme.
But I will live in hope. But my God don't I have that empty, dark feeling in the pit of my belly.
57 Posted 15/09/2019 at 06:19:54
58 Posted 15/09/2019 at 06:27:17
Win this and we're...
We all know the ending to that don't we?
Sorry for the negativity but it's what I've come to expect from us, another chance blown and more misery for the coming week.
59 Posted 15/09/2019 at 07:01:14
60 Posted 15/09/2019 at 07:16:30
61 Posted 15/09/2019 at 08:30:37
Much could depend on how our South American contingent of Mina and Richarlison do after gruelling globe trotting midweek but there should be space to exploit for our counter attacking and some opportunities to pick pockets with our pressing.
I still worry about Mina and Kean against mobile attacks and expect King, Wilson and Fraser to trouble them.
It was 2-2 at theirs last season and I wouldnt bet against that again. A draw would be tolerable though a win would have us nicely positioned in the top 4. COYB!
62 Posted 15/09/2019 at 08:55:33
63 Posted 15/09/2019 at 09:53:10
A statement of mental toughness should be made no matter how, victory might reset our mindset.
Can the team handle it? Could the ToffeeWeb live forum survive an early goal against? If Walcott comes on as sub will people stop moaning before he actually touches the ball? Im not sure... l live in hope. As always.
64 Posted 15/09/2019 at 09:56:24
Big test though today against a good side. I'm hoping he gives Kean a proper run in the side as I think he will be excellent.
3-1 the Blues.
65 Posted 15/09/2019 at 10:04:34
66 Posted 15/09/2019 at 10:21:08
Words of wisdom from Dave Abrahams as usual. We should win this and, with Delph organising the play and Mina talkative at the back, I think we are a different proposition this season. As others have said, their attacking play is good so it would be foolish in my opinion to sit back and defend.
We now have the attackers to cause them problems and Silva has to send them out to do damage. I see a few goals in this but a win nonetheless – maybe 3-1 or 3-2. My first of the season next week so hoping we go into it on a decent run.
67 Posted 15/09/2019 at 11:34:19
We do need to start winning these games though if we are aiming for a top 6 challenge.
68 Posted 15/09/2019 at 12:12:32
69 Posted 15/09/2019 at 12:13:32
I know it is hard to come to terms with but the players need to appreciate that there comes a time when you need to be professional, it is not just about putting the jersey on and that is enough. It is about turning up and getting the result in whatever fashion. That time is now. Best of luck, Blues, show some metal and make a statement of intent.
70 Posted 15/09/2019 at 12:18:32
We have been blessed with a very benevolent string of early season fixtures. We have already spurned two opportunities against very modest opposition to get an early away win on the board. We haven't as much as scored a goal on the road.
Talking Bournemouth up as a difficult opponent and destination where only the likes of City and 'them' could be confident of coming away with a win ignores the truth.
It isn't a fortress. They have won just one of their last 8 home games, drawing 3 and losing four.
There will be goals. Since being promoted to the Premier League in 2015 nobody has conceded more than Bournemouth's 273 goals. Since the start of last season, their Premier League games have produced 139 - more than any other team.
We simply must start picking up 3 points on the road more frequently against such mediocre opponents as Palace, Villa and Bournemouth to start realizing our ambitions.
71 Posted 15/09/2019 at 12:18:40
72 Posted 15/09/2019 at 12:31:14
73 Posted 15/09/2019 at 13:07:33
"I belong very much in the camp that believes we will not progress and see a serious upgrade in our league position unless and until we radically improve our away form".
Pretty much the first thing being discussed on Sky right now.
74 Posted 15/09/2019 at 13:12:44
3 of the sides we've met this season, currently lie in 18th, 19th and 20th positions. Aston Villa's only 3 points came from an abysmal away performance by Everton at Villa Park. Our 2 victories have been very narrow, and not convincing.
An indication of how Everton are performing this season, compared to the better sides in the Premier League, is their results against the teams we have already played. An example yesterday was Spurs' demolition of Palace, and Chelsea scoring 5 away to Wolves. Villa and Watford have suffered similar thrashings by other teams.
I cannot see our away form improving at Bournemouth, and I believe the bogey status will continue with a 3-1 victory to the opposition. We never seem to take the initiative - 3rd place in the table is beckoning, but long-suffering Evertonians know we'll be disappointed yet again.
75 Posted 15/09/2019 at 13:17:57
76 Posted 15/09/2019 at 13:33:03
77 Posted 15/09/2019 at 13:39:22
Not travelled down to the south coast today then, Brent?
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