Both Bournemouth and Everton suffered heartbreaks on Tuesday night as they were knocked out of the third round of the League Cup. Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth were beaten 3-2 at the hands of Championship side Preston North End while Everton suffered a 2-0 loss against Norwich City at Goodison Park. It was Ronald Koeman’s first defeat as Everton manager but the Dutchman will be looking to bring his side back to winning ways as the Toffees travel to Dean Court on Saturday to face struggling Everton.
The Cherries are struggling this season with just four points collected from five games and will be major underdogs against Everton who are yet to lose a Premier League game this season sitting second on the table with 13 points from five games. Bournemouth were demolished 4-0 by Manchester City last weekend and Eddie Howe will be looking for a much better display from his boys.
Here is the predicted Bournemouth lineup vs Everton.
Artur Boruc will start under the bar ahead of Adam Federici who started in against Preston. Eddie Howe made wholesale changes to his back four against Preston and things did not go according to plan. The manager is likely to turn towards his strongest possible backline. Adam Smith and Charlie Daniels should keep their places in the full-back positions while Simon Francis and Steve Cook should remain as the centre-back pairing. Bournemouth’s biggest problems has been shipping away too many goals and the back four must improve or else it could prove to be a long hard season for the South Coast side.
Andrew Surman and Harry Arter should start as the double pivot in midfield. Bournemouth backline needs more defensive cover and Howe switching from 4-1-4-1 to 4-2-3-1 can add more steel in the middle of the park. With Arter and Surman sitting deep, Arsenal loanee Jack Wilshere is likely to be deployed as an advanced playmaker. The 24-year-old was quite ineffective against Manchester City on his first start for the club and will be looking to make a mark against Everton. Young Jordon Ibe and Joshua King are likely to start on the flanks. Ibe, since joining the Cherries from Liverpool for a hefty transfer fee, has not done really well so far and will be keen to prove a point with a strong showing against Everton.
Callum Wilson has been pretty average this season having scored just once so far this season. The Englishman still remains the first choice forward at Dean Court and will be looking to trouble Everton defence as he spearheads Bournemouth’s attack.