Coming off of a comfortable victory last week in Matchday Two, the Toffees of Everton will take to the road on Saturday afternoon as they head to the south coast of England to do battle with Bournemouth.
The Cherries of Bournemouth will play the role of hosts and they have to be thrilled with the manner in which their season has begun. After being pegged to be mired in a relegation battle, they’ve reeled off two straight victories despite not making too much noise in the summer transfer window. In week one, they shut out Cardiff City, while last weekend they went to West Ham and beat them 2-1. They’re the early surprise of the Premier League season, but the test will only get stiffer in Matchday 3 as they welcome a talented Everton squad.
Though these sides are very different in terms of financial resources and stylistic approach, both Bournemouth and Everton are targeting top-8 finishes. Unfortunately however there isn’t room for the both of them, and as a result this makes this early-season encounter all the more important.
We’ve been red-hot with Premier League bets at The Sports Geek so far this campaign, and we’ll look to keep that momentum rolling into Week 3. Read on below for match odds and a detailed breakdown and betting selection for Bournemouth vs. Everton.
Bournemouth vs. Everton Betting Odds:
Over 2.5 (-140)
Under 2.5 (+120)
Bournemouth vs. Everton Pick:
Through the first couple of weeks of Premier League action, Bournemouth are definitely the biggest surprise, but it’s definitely included some good fortune. Two wins is already a big boost for the Cherries to avoid a relegation battle, but the lack of depth and defensive ability from Eddie Howe’s side remains concerning. In my pre-season projections I had Bournemouth ranked 15th out of the 20 Premier League clubs, and regardless of their promising early performances, I think their depth could be their ultimate downfall.
Everton meanwhile have been a very exciting club to start the season. They’re undefeated and can seemingly score goals at will. That should trouble a suspect Bournemouth defense. Though the Toffees were criticized for just how active they were in the off-season, it’s paid immediate dividends. Winger Richarlison has been dynamic so far, and already seems like he’s fully fit in to his new role at Everton. He has three goals in his first two games, and could add to that total this week. His pace and skill should really trouble Adam Smith, who is slated to be Bournemouth’s right-back on Saturday.
Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth also look to play a pretty wide-open style and it results in a lot of chances for, but also puts pressure on their backline. Up top, Callum Wilson and Joshua King present prominent threats, but against Everton they’ll be running into a brick wall. It’s expected that coach Marco Silva will be inserting Kurt Zouma and Yerry Mina into the Toffees’ lineup which should solidify an already impressive side. Mina is battling an injury, though there are hopes he can still suit up on Saturday.
Right now Everton just has too much firepower and speed to not score goals. They’re a dynamic offensive club under Marco Silva and their new additions have fit in seamlessly. Bournemouth have feasted on weaker opposition, and despite their aggressive approach – Everton is geared up to beat them at their own game. The wide duo of Theo Walcott and Richarlison are very difficult to contain, and they provide all kinds of space for Cenk Tosun at centre striker. The Turkish international has had his chances, and it’s just a matter of time before the talented goal-scorer finds the back of the net.
This should be one of the more exciting matches of the week, especially with how both sides like to play. Both Everton and Bournemouth have question marks within their defense, and though the Cherries have started their season so promising, I think Everton brings it to a halt in Matchday Three. They have too much skill and talent in skill positions and should overwhelm the Bournemouth back-four. Expect both squads to score, but the Toffees should leave the south coast with a positive result. While I do foresee Everton winning, the safer and more reasonable bet is on Everton PK or ‘Draw No Bet.’ This offering is widely available and simply means if the match is a draw, your money is returned. Stick with the Toffees on Saturday.
PICK = Everton PK (-105)