Everton v Bournemouth team news & stats

Date published: Friday 29th April 2016 11:59

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Romelu Lukaku will be hopeful of ending a five-game drought in the Premier League when Everton host Bournemouth at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Team news

Everton still have serious defensive worries, with Phil Jagielka and Seamus Coleman ruled out with hamstring injuries, Ramiro Funes Mori suspended and holding midfielder Gareth Barry out with a groin strain.

Matthew Pennington has been recalled from Walsall as cover at the back, while young striker Kieran Dowell is also under consideration to make his senior bow.

Max Gradel may return for Bournemouth after shaking off the calf problem that saw him miss the home defeat to Chelsea after he was withdrawn during the previous game against Liverpool.

However, Cherries boss Eddie Howe remains uncertain how long full-back Adam Smith (groin) and midfielder Harry Arter (Achilles) will be sidelined.

Opta stats

  • Everton have never lost against Bournemouth in the five matches they have played in all competitions (W4 D1).
  • The five meetings between the Cherries and the Toffees have averaged four goals per game.
  • Romelu Lukaku has scored in both of his appearances against Bournemouth this season, once in the Premier League and once in the FA Cup.
  • Lukaku has gone five Premier League appearances without a goal – he hasn’t gone six in a row without a goal since January 2015 (eight in a row).
  • Bournemouth mustered 10 shots on target against Everton back in November, the most they have ever managed in a single Premier League match.
  • The two latest goals in the Premier League this season have been scored against Everton, including Junior Stanislas’ late equaliser for Bournemouth in the reverse fixture back in November (97:13).
  • Everton are winless in seven Premier League matches (W0 D3 L4) – they haven’t gone eight without a win in the competition since December 1999 under Walter Smith.
  • Ross Barkley hasn’t scored or assisted a single goal in any of his last 10 Premier League appearances for Everton.
  • Bournemouth have lost their last two Premier League games and haven’t lost three in a row in the competition since November (four in a row).
  • Eddie Howe’s side have lost just one of their last seven Premier League away matches (W3 D3 L1).


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