By Abigail Withey 

Former Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince has predicted that Everton will beat Bournemouth in Saturday’s Premier League clash despite hammering their “awful” start to the campaign.

The pundit believes that the Toffees will secure a 2-1 over the Cherries at Goodison Park this weekend and has boldly claimed the fixture is a “must win” for Ronald Koeman’s side.

The Blues have suffered three successive losses in the top flight over recent weeks to Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United but Ince thinks the Merseysiders will clinch a win on Merseyside this weekend.

“This is a must win for Everton,” Ince explained in his column for the Daily Express.

“They’re awful at the minute and people are beginning to ask some serious questions of their performances.

“If they lose to Bournemouth at home – can you imagine the reaction then?

“Honestly though, I think they’ll edge Eddie Howe’s side so I’m going for 2-1, and hope they buck their ideas up.”

Koeman’s squad received a confidence boost during the week after securing a 3-0 win over Sunderland in the third round of the League Cup which symbolised their first win in over a month after suffering defeats in both the Premier and Europa League.

Everton have failed to secure a win in the top flight since the opening weekend of the competition when they earned a 1-0 win over Stoke City and as a result sit in 18th place in the current standings with upcoming opponents Bournemouth and Crystal Palace beneath them.

While the Toffees will be focused on snatching three points this weekend, the club will also need to prepare for next week’s fixture at Goodison Park as they host Apollon Limassol in their second group match of the Europa League.

In other Everton news, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has named Bournemouth’s danger-man ahead of Premier League clash.

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