Bournemouth vs Everton Prediction and Preview – 20/02/16
FA Cup preview – Bournemouth vs Everton prediction.
With Premier League survival top of the agenda at Bournemouth, Eddie Howe could make several changes for the FA Cup fifth-round tie against Everton on Saturday. Adam Federici, Tommy Elphick, Juan Iturbe and Lewis Grabban played their part in the 2-1 victory over Portsmouth in the previous round and will stake claims for a place in the starting eleven. There will be no place for Max Gradel who has returned to training after missing most of the season with a cruciate ligament injury while Callum Wilson and Tyrone Mings also continue the long road to recovery from their injuries.
John Stones is set to return to the back four even though Everton have only conceded one goal in four games recently missed by the young England international. Plans to hand January signing Oumar Niasse his debut have been put on hold as the £13.5m striker is struggling to recover from a wrist injury. The FA Cup tie could provide an opportunity for Leighton Baines, Joel Robles and Gerard Deulofeu to return to first team action. Muhamed Besic, Tyias Browning and Tony Hibbert remain sidelined.
Bournemouth 4-4-2 formation: Federici; Smith, Elphic, Cook, Daniles; Iturbe, O’Kane, MacDonald, King; Murray, Grabban
Everton 4-2-3-1 formation: Robles; Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Baines; McCarthy, Barry; Deulofeu, Barkley, Kone; Lukaku
- Bournemouth have won 4 drawn 2 and lost 4 of their last 10 matches
- Everton have won 5 drawn 2 and lost 3 of their last 10 matches
- Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Bournemouth have scored an average of 1.2 goals and conceded an average of 1.4 goals per game
- Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Everton have scored an average of 1.8 goals and conceded an average of 1 goal per game
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 6 of Bournemouth’s previous 10 matches
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Everton’s previous 10 matches
Bournemouth have lost three of the last four home games and are slipping closer to the Premier League relegation zone. While a cup run could give a lift to the south coast club, manager Eddie Howe is expected to field a weakened side in order to focus on the league. The Cherries defeated lower division sides Birmingham and Portsmouth to reach the FA Cup fifth round for the first time since 1989.
Everton wasted a hatful of chances when losing 1-0 against West Brom last weekend after winning the three previous games. The Toffees won 3-0 at Carlisle in the fourth round before defeating Newcastle and Stoke City by the same score in the following two games. Everton visited the Vitality Stadium for a league game in November when Roberto Martinez’ side led 2-0 going into the last ten minutes but after a rousing finish, left with a point from the 3-3 draw.
Everton have enjoyed some good results on the road this season with 8 wins in all competitions and can progress to the FA Cup sixth round at the first attempt.
Everton to win at 13/10 with Betfred
Over 2.5 goals at 24/25 with Marathonbet
Everton to win 2-1 at 17/2 with 888sport