Premier League, Vitality Stadium
Saturday 30th December, 3pm kick-off
Everton will be keen to get back to winning ways after their last two frustrating results and Bournemouth come into the match inside the drop zone.
Although The Blues would have hoped for a bit more from the latest outing at West Brom, they head into this clash having recorded five wins and three draws in their past eight outings, with six clean sheets in these 8 last games.
Sam Allardyce will be hoping to maintain his unbeaten start to life as Everton boss at the Vitality Stadium after becoming the first Everton boss to be unbeaten in his first Seven games in charge.
In a complete opposite vein of form Bournemouth, are currently nine games without a win – but they did record a last-gasp equaliser to earn a 3-3 draw with West Ham United last time out.
The Cherries currently occupy 18th place in the Premier League table but know a win against the Toffees could see them climb as high as 13th. So all to play for in this clash.
In summary going into this match
Everton have only won one Premier League match away from home this season. Meanwhile, only Swansea have picked up fewer home points than Bournemouth.
Who will come out on top?
Head to Head:
Last game in September at Goodison Park, after trailing from a Joshua King’s early second half strike,
Niasse was introduced, the Senegalese striker came on from the bench soon after the Cherries took the lead.
Everton equalised after Niasse rifled home with a great finish following a neat move which he started, he then went on to become the hero bundling in the winner on 81 minutes.
But Everton’s last trip to the Vitality Stadium was less favourable, Junior Stanislas netted the only goal of the game in September 2016 with Bournemouth taking the spoils that day.
Everton are up in the five previous Premier League meetings, having gone W3 D1 L1 but as mentioned above their only loss did happen on the south coast against the Cherries last season.
Overall in the head to head in all competitions, Everton are W7 D1 L1 against Bournemouth
Everton are once again likely to be without Idrissa Gana Gueye after the midfielder was forced off in the goalless draw with Chelsea.
Leighton Baines will also be absent after suffering a setback in training from his current calf problem.
The Blues will have to wait on the fitness of Wayne Rooney who has missed the past two games with a virus.
however Yannick Bolasie is available after making his first senior appearance in more than a year against West Bromwich Albion last time out.
For Bournemouth, Jermain Defoe, Tyrone Mings and Brad Smith look likely to be absent, while Junior Stanislas, Andrew Surman, Harry Arter and Charlie Daniels are also all doubtful.
Predicted line ups :
Pickford, Kenny, holgate , Williams , Martina
Bolasie Schneiderlin Davies Sigurdsson
Rooney , Calvert-Lewin
Begovic, Ake, S.Cook, Francis , A.Smith
Grazer, Surman, Cook, Ibe
Afobe , Wilson