Bournemouth v Everton team news & stats

Date published: Friday 19th February 2016 12:34

Romelu Lukaku: Future under the spotlight

History suggests Romelu Lukaku is a good bet to score if he gets the nod to start for Everton in Saturday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie at Bournemouth.

Team news

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has confirmed he will make changes to his side but told reporters he would be leaving his selection “as a surprise”.

Howe has no fresh injury or suspension worries, but long-term absentees Max Gradel, Tyrone Mings and Callum Wilson (all knee) are still a long way off returning to the squad.

Everton, meanwhile, have John Stones available again after a four-game absence with with a hamstring complaint, but Oumar Niasse is likely to have to wait for his debut as he is still recovering from minor wrist surgery, while midfielder Muhamed Besic (hamstring) is also out.

Kick-off at Dean Court on Saturday is at 5.15pm.

Opta stats

The first ever meeting between Bournemouth and Everton came in the FA Cup, with the Toffees winning 5-0 in January 1937.

Overall, the two teams have only met four times in all competitions with Everton winning three and losing none.

There have been 18 goals scored in the four meetings between the two teams, including a 3-3 thriller earlier this season in the Premier League at Dean Court which saw one goal for each team in injury time.

Romelu Lukaku has scored in each of his three FA Cup appearances for Everton and also netted against Bournemouth in the Premier League earlier this season.

Everton have lost just one of their last 12 FA Cup matches away from home (excluding penalties – W7 D4 L1).

Bournemouth haven’t beaten a top division side in the FA Cup since 1984 and overall have won just three of 32 matches against clubs from the top flight (W3 D7 L22).

Arouna Kone has scored first half goals in both of Everton’s previous two FA Cup games.

Nine of Bournemouth’s last 10 goals scored in the FA Cup have come from different goalscorers.

Bournemouth have lost three of their last four home games, conceding at least twice in each game.

The Toffees have only failed to score in one of their last 13 games on the road in all competitions, netting 10 goals in their last four away trips.

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