Fulltime Thoughts: It ends 2-2, and a disappointing end like in the Wolves game when we looked like we’d taken a late lead against the odds. Need to build some steel in the back, but concern right now is for Keane.
102’: Two late chances, but first DCL and then Sigurdsson waste the opportunities to nick all three points.
96’: Sombre scenes at the Vitality as Keane is stretchered off, a round of polite applause from all the fans on the ground. Very worrying. Saw Pickford describing the scene to Marco Silva, both looked very grim.
90’: Nasty clash of heads between Keane and Gueye, both down now. Bournemouth have been the stronger side since the Blues went up by two. Keane prone on the ground, the stretcher is out. Fingers crossed.
85’: Tosun goes down in the box for exactly the same thing that Wilson got his penalty for. Strange refereeing indeed from Probert.
83’: Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Bernard coming on. Everton vs Bournemouth never fails to deliver, does it?
81’: Gueye in the book now too, for pulling down former Toffee Dan Gosling.
80’: 2-2 now. Poor from Leighton Baines all around. Gave up a bad corner, and then got beaten to the ball by Wilson, whose header went off the post and Nathan Ake was right there to pot the rebound.
74’: Lifeline for Bournemouth, Wilson goes down in a heap as Baines puts a hand on his back for a penalty. King steps up to take it.. and he scores. Nothing Pickford could do, perfectly taken.
70’: Whew, more action. Wilson got free down the right and shot straight at Pickford who made the save easily. Then seconds later Tosun clatters Fraser and gets a yellow card.
65’: GOAL!! 2-0 now, Michael Keane heads home and the traveling supporters are spilling over the hoardings! Another tricky setpiece sequence gets the goal!
61’: MAKE UP RED CARD! Adam Smith gets his just desserts, sent off for pulling back Walcott who was on goal on a counter attack, Jordan Pickford found him with one of his famous sidewinder kicks!
56’: GOAL! Fantastic finish from Walcott as Sigurdsson puts him through on goal wide on the right.
55’: Gylfi Sigurdsson goes into the book now for holding back a Bournemouth player on a counter attack.
50’: It’s been a rearguard action as the Cherries have been pushing forward relentlessly.
46’: We’re underway in the second half, the Blues in a more conservative 4-4-1 now.
Halftime Thoughts: The Blues had the better of the first half but as always a sending off changes the whole game. Expect us to sit back and try to hit the Cherries on the counter now. Howe has been trying to get his guys in behind the Blues defence, expect more of the same.
45’: 0-0 at the break, and some thinking to do for Marco Silva.
40’: Richarlison sent off! Got suckered into that, but he really needs to control himself. Just flicked his head at the Cherries player after they went head-to-head off the ball. Nothing really, but here we are. Blues down before the half away from home, again!
36’: Quick shot of Marcel Brands there, stifling a yawn. It’s been that kind of game hasn’t it?
33’: Everton are getting wide regularly, just need to connect on the crosses (or in Coleman’s case, get better crosses in).
28’: Oh Michael Keane. Should have left that for Walcott, who did very well to stay as calm as he did at Keane.
22’: Couple of let-offs for the Blues after they let the Cherries get close to the box, some scrambled clearances.
20’: Good chance for Theo Walcott there after a giveaway from Cook, but he dallies on the ball too long and Bournemouth get defenders back.
16’: Seamus Coleman has been the more forward of the two and Callum Wilson almost makes him pay, but blazes way over when wide open at the corner of the box.
11’: Blues showing more attacking intent in the last few minutes, home crowd has been quietened for now.
9’: Idrissa Gueye walking gingerly - looked to have his leg caught under him at a bad angle from an aerial challenge.
5’: Everton on the back foot here as the homes team is making all the movement so far.
1’: We’re underway!
Starting Lineups: No real surprises as Tom Davies comes in for the injured Morgan Schneiderlin.
The Blues have picked up four points so far from an opening day draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers followed by a home win over Southampton last weekend. The only change in the side will likely be Tom Davies coming in for the injured Morgan Scheniderlin, while Mason Holgate should retain his starting spot over on-loan Kurt Zouma.
Date and start time: Saturday, August 24 at 7:00 a.m. PT / 10:00 a.m ET / 3:00 p.m. BST
Stadium: Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, England
Weather: 64°F/18°C, cloudy, 5% chance of rain, 14 kmph winds
How to Watch/Listen
TV: none - United States; none - United Kingdom
Radio: Everton Match Centre, SiriusXM FC, TalkSport
Live stream: NBC Sports Gold
Live blog: Updated above all game long
Starting XI - Pickford; Coleman, Holgate, Keane, Baines; Gueye, Davies; Walcott, Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Tosun
Bench - Stekelenburg, Zouma, Digne, Niasse, Bernard, Dowell, Calvert-Lewin
Starting XI - Begovic; Smith, S. Cook, Ake, Daniels; Brooks, Gosling, Surman, Fraser; Wilson, King
Bench - Boruc, Lerma, Francis, L. Cook, Ibe, Mousset, Defoe