Everton v Bournemouth preview: Cherries defender Tyrone Mings sidelined for at least a month
Last Updated: 23/09/17 1:51pm
Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings will be sidelined for at least a month with a back injury as the Cherries travel to Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.
The 24-year-old has struggled with injuries since moving to the Vitality Stadium, and will now face a further spell out of action with his latest knock.
But despite being a defender down, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists Everton have lost none of their attacking threat despite the summer departure of top scorer Romelu Lukaku.
"Look at Wayne Rooney, look at his goalscoring record and you're going to say they're less potent an attack," Howe said. "I don't buy that.
"I think the quality that they've recruited, they're a very good football team, they've got some really good footballers in their team. I think they're a strong side."
Saturday's match is the second of four home games in a row for Everton, and after six games without a victory in all competitions, they stopped the rot with Wednesday's Carabao Cup victory over Sunderland.
"Let's hope it will be a positive turning point, what we need," Everton manager Ronald Koeman said of the result. "The first step was [on Wednesday] and now Saturday is really important.
"Every game is important and you play to win every game, but with the last results, of course we need another win at home. The fixtures were difficult but now we need to show we are still strong. I'm confident after what I saw [on Wednesday]."
Although Mings is sidelined, Junior Stanislas is available again for Bournemouth after returning from a groin injury in the midweek Carabao Cup success against Brighton, but forward Callum Wilson (knee) remains out.
Everton boss Koeman is expected to restore several players to his first XI with Jordan Pickford and Gylfi Sigurdsson being poised to come back in, while Wayne Rooney is set to make his first appearance since pleading guilty to drink-driving.
James McCarthy (knee) remains unavailable, along with Ross Barkley (hamstring), Ramiro Funes Mori, Yannick Bolasie (both knee) and Seamus Coleman (broken leg).
Everton have won all four of their previous competitive home games against Bournemouth; two Premier League games, one FA Cup and one League Cup match.
There have been 19 goals scored in the four Premier League fixtures between Everton and Bournemouth; an average of nearly five per game.
The four Premier League meetings between these two clubs have seen eight goals scored in the 80th minute or later.
Everton have lost their last three Premier League games - they haven't lost four in a row since January 2015.
Each of these three Premier League defeats for Everton have seen them fail to score - they haven't failed to score in four consecutive Premier League matches since April 2006.
In their last three Premier League games, Everton have attempted just four shots on target (no goals) whilst allowing their opponents 20 shots on target.
Bournemouth have collected only seven points in their 11 Premier League away games so far in 2017 (W1 D4 L6).
The Cherries haven't been able to find the net in their last two league away matches - they haven't gone three on the road in league competition without a goal since March 2012 (five in a row).
Wayne Rooney has had a hand in three goals (two goals, one assist) in three previous Premier League appearances against Bournemouth.
I was pleased Everton put in a strong display to beat Sunderland in the Carabao Cup - for me they should be aiming for cup success this season.
That result should give them a little bit of a boost after the Spurs and Manchester United drubbings and I think they beat Bournemouth.
This fixture is the second of four consecutive home games and they need to get on a roll in front of their fans to shake off this poor start to the season.
Bournemouth have won two on the spin - against Brighton in league and Carabao Cup - so they may fancy their chances. I even heard one of their players mention Europe. I'm sorry, no.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0 (Sky Bet odds 13/2)
Everton are odds-on at 4/6 with Sky Bet despite their struggles, with Bournemouth 4/1 to heap further misery on Ronald Koeman by leaving Goodison Park with three points. The Toffees have now drifted out from 7/1 to 18/1 for a top-four finish, while their visitors' concerns look more grave at 9/4 to face relegation. Wayne Rooney heads a wide-open first goalscorer betting at 4/1 while Jermain Defoe leads the Cherries' side of the market at 13/2.
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