Three things to watch out for as Everton visit Bournemouth this weekend
After a start to the season which has taken many by surprise, Everton will be aiming to extend their winning streak to five games as they make the trip to Dean Court tomorrow. Ronald Koeman could not have asked for a better start to his reign at the club, and with a number of new signings producing the goods already, the Dutchman appears to have the makings of a side that can challenge for a European spot.
Their next test will not be as easy as it looks on paper. Eddie Howe will be disappointed that his Bournemouth side are yet to match the high standards they set last season, but after winning their last home game against West Bromwich Albion, the Cherries will be determined to kick-start their Premier League campaign with a good result this weekend.
Last season’s meeting between the two was a six-goal thriller, with Junior Stanislas’s 98th minute equaliser rescuing a point for Bournemouth after Ross Barkley had put Everton 3-2 up just minutes earlier. A similar scoreline is unlikely this weekend, though, with Everton having conceded just three times this term, whereas Bournemouth have only found the net on three occasions themselves.
Nevertheless, it should still be an engrossing contest, as two of the division’s best managers go to head-to-head. Eddie Howe may have supported the Toffees growing up but there will be no question of his desire to inflict misery on them this weekend. Here are three other things to watch out for in this clash…