Bournemouth v Everton - Saturday 15:00
Bournemouth are struggling at the moment with only the single victory in their last 10 top-flight outings, losing seven of these games and conceding 21 goals in the process. Whilst not many expected Eddie Howe’s men to pick up points against Guardiola’s free-flowing side, he will have been disappointed at just how easily his team were dispossessed, especially during the first half. Callum Wilson was sacrificed in order to pack the midfield whilst Jack Wilshere was handed his first start for the Cherries in the No. 10 role. However, the game passed him by as he struggled to get on the ball and Wilson should be recalled for the game against Everton, against whom Bournemouth should see a little more possession.
Like Bournemouth, Everton had an unsatisfactory midweek League Cup result, but Ronald Koeman’s charges have performed admirably so far this season and will feel confident going into this game positioned second in the table. Ross Barkley responded well to public criticism with a hard-working performance against Middlesbrough in their last Premier League outing, and his manager will have been satisfied with the reaction of his player. Everton should also welcome back Romelu Lukaku for this one after he missed the midweek game through injury. The Belgian has scored four goals in his last two matches and Everton missed his physical presence and his hold up play with his back to goal against Norwich.
Both these teams like to get the ball down and play it, often resulting in high-scoring encounters. There have been at least three goals in eight of Bournemouth’s last 12 at home and in each of Everton’s last five away matches. The Toffees look very strong in the league having won four on the trot, and so we’re backing Everton/Over 2.5 goals at 3.6, with Romelu Lukaku looking like value at 6.0 to be the first goalscorer.