Ryan Fraser, assisted by the stroke of luck needed by any side hoping to avoid relegation, secured Bournemouth's first win in nine games as Eddie Howe's s with an 88th minute goal that also brought an end to Sam Allardyce's unbeaten start as Everton manager. However, the combined impact of injuries, illness and the Christmas fixture list are beginning to take their toll. Yannick seems alright as well.
Bournemouth are 18th in the table and without a win in eight league games.
The Toffees recorded a second straight clean-sheet when they held West Bromwich Albion to a scoreless draw on Boxing Day, and that defensive improvement means Everton will travel to Bournemouth on Saturday with reason to feel confident.
The Everton midfielder's errant pass gifted Wilson a clear run on goal, the Cherries striker sent King down the right and the Norway forward's cut-back let Fraser finish with aplomb.
The hosts appeared the more purposeful in attack during the first half and were good value for the lead when Fraser rounded off an incisive counter-attack in style with 33 minutes played.
The former England manager was full of praise for Dominic Calert-Lewin, but is objective enough to remain realistic. "It's only up for a few seconds so it only hit home when I got a tap on the leg by one of the lads".
Bournemouth at least carried that 1-0 advantage into the break, whereupon McCarthy was ruthlessly hooked by Allardyce, with Wayne Rooney thrust into the fray.
The Cherries' first win since their 4-0 thumping of Huddersfield on November 18 ensured the Dean Court men avoided setting a hugely unwanted new club record winless Premier League run. Their most high-profile absence is Jermain Defoe, who is out for between eight and 10 weeks with a fractured ankle.
Four out of five Premier League meetings between these two sides have ended with more than 2.5 goals.
Bournemouth, despite their league positions, are favourites to win this match at 7/5.
The visitors were in the ascendancy but Bournemouth soon bounced back through Wilson, who fired too close to Pickford after being able to burst through on goal. What's your prediction for the final outcome, and why?
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