The final day of the Premier League season brings out a ton of high-quality drama. There’s the battle for the title, the battle for Champions League spots, the push for Europe, and the tense threat of relegation.
The Everton/Bournemouth matchup focuses on the latter, as Eddie Howe and his Bournemouth side will try for one last desperate push to stay up in the Premier League.
Though the Cherries have been in poor form of late, there’s still a fairly clear path to their safety. They’ll be hoping that one of Watford or Aston Villa loses to their opponents, and for them to win with some goals against Everton. Easier said than done, right?
Their opponents are a mixed-bag though, and that should give Bournemouth some optimism. Everton have looked disinterested for a while now, and despite their immense talent and skill, new manager Carlo Ancelotti clearly isn’t getting the best out of his club. With one game remaining, and little to play for aside from pride – it wouldn’t be surprising to see Everton pack it in and prepare for another extended break.
That’d be welcome news to Bournemouth, who can only focus on their own business for 90 minutes on Sunday. A club without much money or support, this would be quite the blow to be relegated again to the Championship. But that’s what makes the Premier League so exciting at the same time. With everything on the line, keep reading on beneath the odds for our preview of Bournemouth vs. Everton in a crucial relegation battle. Enjoy the action!
Everton vs. Bournemouth Betting Odds:
Over 3 (+105)
Under 3 (-125)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Everton vs. Bournemouth Pick:
One aspect already working in Bournemouth’s favour for Sunday’s showdown vs. Everton is the fact that the Toffees are battling their fair share of injuries. The condensed season has taken its toll on many teams, and Everton are no different.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti could be without the services of as many as five regular players, and they’ll be especially thin in defense with Yerry Mina and Fabian Delph out injured.
Look for Everton to lineup in a 4-2-3-1 formation, playing most of their regular talents. They boast a strong midfield, while Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin remain lethal finishers anywhere around the 18-yard box. Bournemouth will need to close down on that duo quickly if they’re to have a chance at victory.
But this is a beatable group, especially with their turnover in defense and recent form. While the Toffees are superior on paper, with nothing to play for – a big motivational edge swings to Eddie Howe’s Cherries. They’ve shown some fight and resolve lately, and will be pushing for a victory.
As a result, Bournemouth will lineup in an aggressive 4-4-2, likely regularly activating their wing-backs to push forward for added offense. Josh King and Callum Wilson are a very talented duo up front, and should be able to really challenge the depleted defense of Everton.
Their defense should also get a huge boost as Nathan Ake is expected to return to the side. Though the talented Dutchman is slated to leave the club this summer, expect him to want to put his best foot forward to keep the Cherries up in the top flight before departing. In goal will be Aaron Ramsdale, who despite the team’s lack of success has had an excellent campaign. Count on him to make a couple of nice saves on Sunday.
Bournemouth are the healthier side and the club playing for a lot more come Sunday. King and Wilson play well off one another and should take advantage of a weakened Everton back-line. With Nathan Ake returning, the Bournemouth defense could be solidified, and that should result in the Cherries getting a positive result here. Expect a back-and-forth affair, with goals being scored by both sides. Ultimately, look for Bournemouth’s fighting spirit to will them forward and secure a crucial victory. Will it be enough, we’ll have to wait to find out!
Pick: Bournemouth 3-1