Let’s not waste any time, regular readers will know we always kick-off with when we last played today’s Premier League opponets.
In fact we have never played Everton in the league. We have played the Merseysiders just 3 times, twice in the League Cup and once in the FA Cup and we lost them all. Anyone who claims to remember the FA Cup game is either a little short in the memory department or at least 90 years old. For those who care it was January 1937 and the score 5-0.
In the League Cup the Cherries played the Toffees over two legs in September and October 1985. Everton were quite good then AFC Bournemouth were still languising in the old Division 3. The first leg was played at Everton where the Cherries came home with a creditable 3-2 loss and a little hope with goals from Clarke and Russell. The return leg saw Everton crush any hopes of the Cherries progressing with a 2-0 win.
IGNORE THE FORM GUIDE?
If the form guide was always right then it would suggest an Everton win. The Cherries haven’t managed a win since the 19th September 2015 against a poor Sunderland side. While Everton have won two of their last three. Both of these were empahtic victories over relegation rivals Sunderland and Aston Villa.
We thanks Roberto Martinez and his team for ensuring that both teams received no points. The Toffees musrt be relishing another trip to another team in the bottom 3. They must be thinking if we play alright today we will be on for another three points and we reckon they could be right. If Everton are on form and the Cherries are on form it could be a cracking game. We as the home side will undoutedly create chances, we just need to hope that they go in. The only reason I see an Everton win is that when they get there chacnes they will take them. So, here’s our score prediction. All I hope is that I am wrong and as I told Everton fan site Royal Blue Mersey ‘We are due a bit of luck from the ref’. If we get that we could well get a win.
Tales from The South End team up with Everton fan site Royal Blue Mersey to get the thoughts on how they see the match unfolding today.
Q. AFC Bournemouth have only ever played Everton 3 times and this is our first ever season in the Premier League. What does the average Everton fan know about us?
I would say that the average Evertonian is aware of Bournemouth but not very familiar with the club. Fans should know several players as long-time Everton servant, Sylvain Distin left Merseyside to join The Cherries after last season. Chelsea loanee, Christian Atsu spent last year with Everton; though he did not see the pitch much. Also, Dan Gosling who played for Everton in 2008-2010 is on the team.
If the average fan is like me, they keep an eye on the newly promoted sides and quietly cheer for them during the campaign. It’s nice to see clubs outside of the rich “haves” put a run together and stay in the Premier League. Bournemouth is down but certainly not out in terms of position in the table.
Q. Newly promoted teams are often seen as easy fodder for the more established Premier League teams and we are on a poor run of form. Do you think the win is yours? What’s the score going to be?
With the way the Blues have played this season, nothing is assured. They look like world beaters one week and then fall flat on their faces the next; often with the same squad. The score heavily depends on which squad Roberto Martinez feels like trotting out this week but if it’s the A-group that he’s played the past couple of matches, I would predict a 1-3 Everton win.
Q. Which AFC Bournemouth player do you think would/could/might get into the Everton matchday squad?
He’s out injured now but with limited viewing I’ll go with the club’s leading scorer, Callum Wilson. He’s young, possesses the ball well and has great touch. Wilson is someone that I can see breaking into the Everton squad and taking up the role that Arouna Kone has filled this season. As long as he stays healthy he is going to have a bright future.
Q. Where do you expect Everton to finish this season and do you think you will be playing us again next season?
Everton is a very unpredictable club in a very unpredictable league. At this point in the season, I would expect them to finish in the top half of the table but maybe just a few points shy of picking up a spot in next season’s Europa League. There’s no doubt that the Toffees have a roster of talented players but they are just too inconsistent with which group will play each week and I’m not sure if they will win as many matches as they need. Already this year we have seen Everton leave too many points on the pitch when a win or draw seemed very possible.
I’ll remain optimistic and say that Everton will play ACF Bournemouth next year; in the Premier League I may add. The bottom of the table is bunched up right now and only a few points separate each team. Looking at Bournemouth’s schedule I can definitely see opportunities to pick up points in the second half and get themselves to safety.
Q. Eddie Howe is a much admired manager. Would you be happy to have him to replace Roberto Martinez?
Eddie Hower is a Bournemouth great so to me it would be difficult imagining him leaving for a job other than managing one of the huge clubs. With that said, he’s a talented, young manager similar to Roberto Martinez. The work that he’s done with the club to put them in the position that they’re in has been amazing. If for some reason Martinez was to leave Merseyside, I’d have no qualms about Howe taking over. Although it’s worth mentioning that I think Martinez is safe for the time being. Everton is a club that cherishes continuity and does not care for change. Martinez has picked up enough results to assure his safety but not enough that I see larger clubs clamoring for him.