Sky Sports pundit predicts Everton v Bournemouth
By Abigail Withey
Paul Merson has predicted that Everton will beat Bournemouth 2-0 on Saturday following their League Cup victory on Tuesday.
The Toffees have had a tough run of opponents in the Premier League over recent weeks and have been successively defeated by Tottenham, Everton and Manchester United.
The Blues’ fixtures had eased up over the past week as they hammered Sunderland at home 3-0 thanks to goals from Oumar Niasse and European Golden Boy nominee Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Ronald Koeman’s side will now prepare to host the Cherries at Goodison Park this weekend, and Sky Sports pundit Merson believes that their recent win will boost their confidence enough to win this weekend.
“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,” the pundit said on the official Sky Sports website.
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“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.”
Everton haven’t won a game in the top flight since the opening weekend of the competition when they secured a 1-0 win over Stoke City courtesy of summer signing Wayne Rooney.
Following their Premier League clash, it’s back to the Eruopa League for Koeman’s team as they take on Apollon Limassol next week in their second group match of the competition.
Their opening European match was devastating, particularly to the fans who had travel to Italy to watch their club be defeated 3-0 to Atalanta.