Nobody associated with the blue half of Merseyside will ever forget the last Everton vs Bournemouth H2H in a hurry. For the third time in the Premier League era, and the first time since 1998, Everton went into the final match in danger of losing their top-flight status.
They survived by the skin of their teeth, but the troubles that have dogged the club in recent times remain firmly in-situ. The Toffees lost 2-1 to newly-promoted Luton Town at Goodison Park last week, but they were joined in their misery by the Cherries, who were crushed 4-0 at home by Arsenal.
Everton vs Bournemouth H2H Record
Everton and Bournemouth have faced off 17 times in total, with the Toffees edging it for wins:
- Everton Wins: 9
- Draws: 2
- Bournemouth Wins: 6
They first met in the FA Cup in the 1936/37 season, where Everton thrashed Bournemouth, formerly known as Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic, 5-0. All meetings were in cup competitions before the Cherries were promoted to the PL in 2015/16, and the pair have had plenty of entertaining encounters since.
The 6-3 result at Goodison in 2017 stands out, where ex-Toffees striker Romelu Lukaku bagged four goals.
Last time out…
Everton beat Bournemouth 1-0 on the 2022/23 PL's final day in May to secure safety. Leeds United and Leicester City were in a three-way tussle with the Toffees to see which two ended up relegated, and the latter survived. Abdoulaye Doucoure's goal before the hour mark was enough to keep Everton in 17th, despite Leicester beating West Ham United 2-1.
Everton vs Bournemouth H2H: Potential MVP
Dominic Calvert-Lewin got himself on the scoresheet despite Everton losing to Luton, and he has netted in three consecutive games in all competitions.
His overall stats in the previous matchday were impressive, as he ranked first for shots taken (six) and second for big chances (two) in the fixture.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin GW7 stats
Minutes – 90
Goals – 1
NPxG – 1.39 (1st)
Shots – 6 (1st)
Shots in box – 5 (4th)
Big chances – 2 (2nd)
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Calvert-Lewin has scored twice against Bournemouth in six previous appearances, and will be hoping to add to his tally this weekend. He was given his first PL start in three matches by Sean Dyche against Luton, and looks to have fully recovered from the cheekbone fracture he suffered in the 4-0 loss at Aston Villa in August.
It is hard to keep Calvert-Lewin fit at the best of times, but when he is starting matches and is in the goalscoring mood that he is, it is hard to back against him making an impact.
Everton: Players in focus
Abdoulaye Doucoure – Goals from midfield
Doucoure is Everton's main source for goals from midfield, and already has two this season on top of his dramatic winner against Bournemouth in May.
Arnaut Danjuma – A former Cherry
Danjuma had a tremendous spell at Bournemouth in 2020/21, netting 15 goals and supplying seven assists in the Championship, and will be looking for revenge after the Cherries sold him to Villarreal.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – On a scoring streak
Calvert-Lewin is on a three-game scoring streak, and will hope to make it four at Goodison on Saturday.
Bournemouth: Players in focus
Justin Kluivert – Still not off the mark
Kluivert is still yet to score for Bournemouth since arriving from AS Roma this summer, and will be desperate to open his account at Goodison.
Milos Kerkez – Wanting to make amends
New left-back signing Kerkez was given a torrid time by Arsenal's Bukayo Saka in the previous matchday, and will be looking to make amends.
Dominic Solanke – The biggest threat
Despite all the new signings, Solanke remains Bournemouth's biggest threat with four goals this season, and could be useful from set pieces – Arsenal and Luton have already exposed Everton from corners at Goodison.
Everton vs Bournemouth H2H – Final Prediction
With both teams struggling for wins this season – only one between them in their opening seven PL games – expect a draw in this one. Calvert-Lewin will be hungry to continue his scoring streak, and so back him to score at Goodison.
We're saying a 1-1 draw with Calvert-Lewin to score.