Everton vs AFC Bournemouth, KO: 16:30 May 28, 2023, Goodison Park
It is win or bust for Everton as they host Bournemouth in their final Premier League fixture of the season. Things are still not smooth for the Toffees at the moment but with their visitors seemingly at the beach already, they are expected to have the edge.
Everton have had a thoroughly disappointing campaign this season as they head into their final fixture still in relegation trouble. However, of the three teams still in danger, they are the only ones still in control of their destiny as a win on Sunday will ensure survival regardless of results elsewhere.
The Toffees showed some fight in their previous fixture as they came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Having trailed for much of the contest, Yerry Mina struck an injury time equaliser to give them a lifeline heading into the final week.
Recent results remain erratic for Everton, who have been plagued by a leaky defence that has kept just one clean sheet in the last 10 matches. However, there are a few wins Sean Dyche’s men can channel on Sunday like 5-1 victory at Brighton while a 1-0 triumph over Arsenal is also among their results at Goodison Park.
Bournemouth travel to Goodison Park off the back of 1-0 home defeat to Manchester United in their previous Premier League fixture. They attempted to make things difficult for the visitors but conceded early and struggled to find a way back into the contest.
That was the third straight defeat for Bournemouth, who appear to have entered holiday mode having secured their survival a few weeks back. Gary O’Neil’s men have little to play for on Sunday as they can finish no higher than 13th on the standings.
While there is little to play for on Sunday, Bournemouth will be keen to end their campaign on a high note. They have won three of their last four away matches but were beaten 2-0 by Crystal Palace in their previous fixture on the road.
How the bookies view it
Everton are considered overwhelming favourites among the bookies with a home win priced at 4/9 by bet365. A victory for Bournemouth is valued at 13/2 by BetVictor while a draw is set at odds of 7/2 by Paddy Power.
Recent head to head
Bournemouth have the upper hand in recent meetings with Everton having won the last tour matches. The Cherries have won the two meetings this season, claiming a 4-1 victory in an FA Cup fixture before running out 3-0 winners in the reverse fixture.
Players to watch
Dwight McNeil is the leading scorer for Everton with seven Premier League goals and could be worth keeping an eye on. The forward has also found the net four times in the last seven matches and is priced at 17/5 by Unibet to maintain his scoring run.
Dominic Solanke often leads the line for Bournemouth and could be the one to each on Sunday. The striker has six Premier League goals this season and could be tipped to get on the score sheet at 10/3 by bet365.
Anything else catch the eye?
There have been over 3.5 goals in two of Everton’s last three matches and a similar outcome is priced at 15/8 by Paddy Power. Over 2.5 goals could also be considered at 8/11 with Paddy Power while nothing teams could be backed to score at 23/25 by Unibet.
Everton are priced at minimal odds for a straight victory, so a win and over 2.5 goals can be considered at 6/5 by Paddy Power. Bournemouth have seen more second half goals in two of their last three away matches and a similar outcome is priced at 11/10 by William Hill.
This match between Everton and AFC Bournemouth will be played on May 28, 2023 and kick off at 16:30. Check below for our tipsters best Everton vs AFC Bournemouth prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.