By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 19th October 2018
Saturday 25th August
Stadium: Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth
Bournemouth vs Everton odds
At the time of writing, the Bournemouth vs Everton odds have the Cherries as slight favourites for victory at 6/4, with an away win priced up 13/8 and the draw a 13/5 pick.
The under/over 2.5 match goal betting sees the latter deemed the more likely by the William Hill odds gurus at 8/11. Both teams to score is a strongly-suspected 8/13 shot.
Bournemouth vs Everton team news
The participation of the hosts’ club-record signing Jefferson Lerma remains uncertain as his journey towards match fitness continues. Junior Stanislas is still at least a month away from a comeback.
Toffees fans are likely to have wait a while longer to see Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes, both of whom are recovering from minor injuries, and the just-short-of-match-fitness Bernard, while captain Phil Jagielka remains suspended.
Bournemouth vs Everton betting tips and predictions
Two games into the campaign, Everton have the feel of entertainers under new manager Marco Silva, with both their outings to date over 2.5 goals encounters in which both sides found the net.
Their recent head-to-head record with Bournemouth suggests more of the same at the Vitality Stadium, with the last three clashes between these adversaries finishing 2-1, 2-1 and 6-3.
Despite committing the fourth-worst defensive record in the Premier League last term to the history books, Eddie Howe’s men have conceded just the one goal so far in 2018/19 (and that a penalty).
Yet, in relegation fodder Cardiff and work-in-progress West Ham, they haven’t been exposed to much in the way of vibrant attacking play.
While new man Lerma may offer their hitherto leaky rearguard more protection if match fit, a reversion to type still feels like it can’t be far away, the upshot of which being that over 2.5 goals or both-teams-to-score angles look like the way to sweeten your Bournemouth vs Everton odds picks.
Everton are a 15/4 projection in the betting to win in a match where both sets of bedclothes are besmirched, while the Toffees victory in a clash of over 2.5 goals is currently trading at odds of 29/10.
Silva’s presence in the dugout is taken to be the decisive factor here, with the Portuguese having bested Howe by a two-goal margin in each of their previous managerial tussles.
While the first of those came on home turf, it was achieved with a subsequently-relegated Hull side in January 2017 – the more recent victory came with Watford on the south coast in August 2017.
Check our other match previews this weekend and place a bet in the Liverpool vs Brighton odds.
Key players to watch
Richarlison’s effervescent start to life on Merseyside has clearly hit the skids, with his shot-to-goal conversion ratio down to a mere 75% after bagging once from two tries against Southampton.
The Brazilian, who netted away to the Cherries under Silva for Watford last term, has to be our prediction from the Bournemouth vs Everton odds, with both first goalscorer and anytime scorer players as very backable in both betting heats at 7/1 and 11/5 prices respectively.
Let’s not forget we’re expecting Howe’s men to notch too, with Jordan Pickford having looked shaky in both his outings thus far and either youngster Mason Holgate or a debutant Kurt Zouma likely to deputise for the steadying influence of Jagielka at the back.
Callum Wilson, a 6/4 tip to net anytime and 5/1 to do it first, rides a three-league-game scoring streak into the fixture, however a persuasive case can also be made for his strike partner Josh King.
The Norwegian has hit three inside his last three meetings with the Toffees and, harmoniously as far as Everton win and BTTS disciples are concerned, Bournemouth were on the losing side on each occasion he found the net. He looks like some way to make a living at 9/5 anytime.
Bournemouth and Everton’s top-half rivals battle it out this Sunday in the Watford vs Crystal Palace odds