Everton vs. Bournemouth Prediction, 7/26/20
Needing a victory to regain the slightest hope of survival in the Premier League this season, 19th-placed Bournemouth travels to Liverpool to face 11th-placed Everton. Kick-off - at 11:00 AM ET on Sunday, July 26.
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Everton End Winless Run
A four-game winless streak (D2 L2) came to an end for Everton, who edged out Sheffield United with a count of 1-0 away at Bramall Lane on Monday, winning at the venue for the first time since October 1972. Richarlison banked the only strike of the contest, heading home from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick at the very start of the second half, as the Toffees have now kept two clean sheets in their past four away league fixtures after allowing at least a goal in 14 road games prior. The team is 11th in the standings (W13 D10 L14) and will not finish the season higher than that.
Both Richarlison and English forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin lead Everton with 13 league tallies each. Goalie Jordan Pickford, meanwhile, sits 12th in England’s top tier with 90 saves. He has picked up nine clean sheets in 37 outings this year and concedes a strike every 63 minutes on average. The Toffees have buried the 11th highest number of league goals this season (43) while taking the 7th highest quantity of shots per game (12.3). The team is 12th in ball possession (48.6%) and 11th in passing accuracy (77.7%).
Bournemouth Lose Second Straight
The hopes of another season in the Premier League hang in the balance for Bournemouth, who dropped their second consecutive decision after being beaten with a count of 2-0 by Southampton at Vitality Stadium last Sunday. After the visitors opened the scoring with four minutes remaining in the first half, the Cherries’ goalie Aaron Ramsdale saved a penalty in the following frame before Sam Surridge scored for the hosts in injury time, only for his strike to be canceled out by VAR moments ahead of Southampton’s second marker. Bournemouth sits 19th in the league (W8 D7 L22), three points above 18th-placed Watford and 17th-placed Aston Villa, with all three sides still battling for the same sole safe spot.
English striker Callum Wilson tops the Cherries’ scoring table with eight Premier League strikes. Goalie Ramsdale, meanwhile, resides 3rd in the EPL shot-stopper chart, having posted 125 saves during the ongoing campaign. He has collected five clean sheets in 36 appearances and gives up a goal every 53 minutes of play. Bournemouth has netted the 4th lowest amount of league goals this season (37) while delivering the 4th lowest number of shots per game (10.2). The team is 14th in ball possession (45.9%) and 15th in passing accuracy (75.6%).
It is very straightforward for Bournemouth on the last day of the Premier League action. The team needs to beat Everton and hope that both Aston Villa and Watford lose their respective fixtures against West Ham United and Arsenal. No other scenario will prevent the Cherries from going down to the second division of English soccer, not even a draw, which is the likeliest outcome here. The Toffees are unbeaten in their last 11 EPL home outings, with six of them finishing as ties (W5 D6), while Bournemouth has looked decent in their past few contests, but have been missing that lethal touch to finish games off with all three points in the pocket, having banked just one victory on the previous 12 attempts (W1 D2 L9).
Correct score: 1-1 (+590)