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Everton vs Bournemouth: Writer Prediction League

A meeting of two mid-table teams headed in the wrong direction

AFC Bournemouth v Everton FC - Premier League Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

It’s funny how quickly things can change in football.

Just a month and a half ago, Everton and AFC Bournemouth both looked to have a genuine opportunity to bypass Manchester United in the Premier League table, jump into sixth place, and almost assuredly secure a ticket to the Europa League next season.

Fast forward to the present — the teams have combined for just four wins out of 19 matches in all competitions since December 1, with one of those victories Everton’s uncertain triumph over League Two Lincoln City in the FA Cup last weekend.

In that span, Bournemouth dropped out of both the League Cup and FA Cup, and the teams sit in 11th and 12th place on 27 points, with Everton ahead on superior goal differential.

Those dueling runs of poor form complicate the process of making predictions ahead of this one — or at least that’s what I expected heading into the week. But before we look ahead, let’s torture ourselves by taking a look back at our predictions from the abysmal festive period.

Spurs Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam B. Gomes Gomes Draw 1-1 0
Brian F. Kane Pickford Spurs 2-1 2
Brian L. Kane Gomes Spurs 2-1 2
Calvin Son Pickford Spurs 2-1 2
Chris Richarlison Sigurdsson Everton 2-1 1
Geno Kane Richarlison Spurs 2-1 2
Matt A. Kane Sigurdsson Spurs 2-1 3
Matthew C. Richarlison Gomes Draw 1-1 0
Pete Richarlison Gomes Draw 1-1 0
Rachel Kane Gomes Spurs 2-0 2
Sean Kane Gomes Draw 1-1 0
Tom Richarlison Pickford Draw 2-2 0
Zach Son Keane Spurs 2-0 2

Nobody had Theo Walcott opening the scoring, nor the correct final scoreline — and that’s enough said about the Tottenham Hotspur match.

Burnley Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam B. Calvert-Lewin Calvert-Lewin Everton 2-0 2
Brian F. Richarlison Gomes Draw 1-1 0
Brian L. Richarlison Sigurdsson Burnley 2-1 0
Calvin Richarlison Richarlison Everton 3-1 2
Chris Tosun Bernard Everton 4-0 2
Geno Richarlison Sigurdsson Everton 3-1 2
Matt A. Calvert-Lewin Gomes Everton 2-0 2
Matthew C. Richarlison Sigurdsson Everton 2-1 2
Pete Lookman Lookman Everton 2-1 2
Rachel Sigurdsson Richarlison Everton 1-0 2
Sean Walcott Richarlison Everton 2-0 2
Tom Sigurdsson Sigurdsson Everton 1-0 2
Zach Richarlison Richarlison Everton 3-0 2

Ah yes, the Burnley match — when everything still looked salvageable. As you might suspect, no one had Yerry Mina opening the scoring, nor a 5-1 final scoreline (though Chris did have the final margin of victory correct!). Left-back and French deity Lucas Digne was the man of the match from this one, which nobody got right either.

Brighton Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score
Adam B. Murray Pickford Brighton 1-0
Brian F. Richarlison Sigurdsson Everton 2-1
Brian L. Richarlison Richarlison Everton 2-1
Calvin Lookman Gomes Everton 2-1
Chris Richarlison Richarlison Everton 2-0
Geno Walcott Gomes Draw 1-1
Matt A. Murray Walcott Everton 3-1
Matthew C. Sigurdsson Gueye Draw 2-2
Pete Richarlison Richarlison Draw 1-1
Rachel Richarlison Sigurdsson Everton 2-1
Sean Sigurdsson Richarlison Everton 3-1
Tom Murray Gomes Draw 1-1
Zach Richarlison Richarlison Everton 2-1

A lesser man would brag about the fact that I was the only person to take any points away from this match — a better man wouldn’t have brought attention to it at all.

Leicester City Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam B. Richarlison Richarlison Everton 2-1 0
Brian F. Richarlison Richarlison Draw 2-2 0
Brian L. Sigurdsson Gomes Draw 1-1 0
Calvin Gray Gueye Draw 1-1 1
Chris Maddison Gomes Draw 1-1 0
Geno Vardy Gomes Everton 2-1 1
Matt A. Sigurdsson Sigurdsson Draw 1-1 0
Matthew C. Walcott Sigurdsson Draw 1-1 0
Pete Sigurdsson Sigurdsson Everton 2-0 0
Rachel Richarlison Sigurdsson Everton 2-1 0
Sean Vardy Gomes Everton 3-1 1
Tom Calvert-Lewin Keane Everton 2-1 0
Zach Sigurdsson Sigurdsson Everton 1-0 0

Everton’s home loss to Leicester caught us all by surprise, though two writers did have Jamie Vardy opening the scoring.

With all the points from those matches now tallied, let’s take a look at the standings for our writers.

Prediction League Table

Writer Points
Writer Points
Calvin 64
Rachel 56
Adam B. 53
Sean 51
Geno 51
Chris 51
Matt A. 51
Pete 50
Brian L. 49
Tom 49
Matthew C. 46
Brian F. 45
Zach 44

My five-pointer from the match against Brighton and Hove Albion provided the fuel for the only major move in the table over the holiday period. Calvin holds a six-point lead atop the table as we move into the second half of the season.

All that now brings us back to this week’s match against Bournemouth. Neither team is playing well, which made me suspect that our writers would be somewhat split on this match. But, the combination of Everton bias and home advantage has led to a relatively lopsided set of predictions.

Bournemouth Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam B. Calvert-Lewin Lookman Everton 2-0 4
Brian F. Richarlison Richarlison Bournemouth 2-1 0
Brian L. Richarlison Richarlison Draw 2-2 0
Calvin Sigurdsson Richarlison Everton 2-1 2
Chris Wilson Richarlison Draw 2-2 0
Geno Richarlison Gomes Everton 2-1 2
Matt A. Wilson Sigurdsson Everton 2-1 2
Matthew C. Richarlison Richarlison Everton 2-1 2
Pete Richarlison Gomes Everton 3-1 2
Rachel Richarlison Sigurdsson Everton 2-1 2
Sean Richarlison Gomes Everton 3-1 2
Tom Richarlison Gomes Everton 2-0 4
Zach Wilson Digne Draw 1-1 1

Everton to win remains our most common prediction, with a few draws and one Bournemouth win as well. The group still seems skeptical that any Everton player besides Richarlison can be relied on for goals — the Brazilian is easily the favorite to opening the scoring against the Cherries.