Fulltime - Everton lucky to come away with a 2-0 win today. Bournemouth will certainly feel hard done by after dominating most of the first half. Blues took their (few) chances today though and that is what matters in this game.
Special mention to referee Anthony Taylor who had a shocking performance overall, making some absolutely random calls throughout the game. I guess the Blues can count themselves lucky no one got sent off and his errors didn’t change the result.
After an awful first half for the Blues, Richarlison had two great chances to put the Toffees ahead early in the second half.
Luckily a few minutes later the Blues did take the lead. Here’s the first goal, from a cross by Lucas Digne headed in by Kurt Zouma.
And here’s the deathblow right at the end for the Blues, with substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin doing the honours.
Apologies for the lack of updates in the second half, blame technical difficulties!
Halftime - There’s the half. Blues started awfully but finished the stringer side. Much better once they started getting all their pieces involved in the game.
44’ - Blues win a freekick in a dangerous position just outside the box on the left. Sigurdsson and Digne over it, the Frenchman takes it and straight into the wall.
Bernard then finds Sigurdsson right at the top of the box, but he fires it well wide.
42’ - Another corner for the Blues, Digne returns it into the box and Keane the first to get to it, his header bounces off the top of the bar and over. Better.
38’ - Lookman pops up on the left wing and fizzes a low cross along the six-yard box but no one’s there to get a touch.
Bernard’s been getting increasingly frustrated and now goes in the book for yet another foul.
35’ - Richarlison twice fails to find a wide open Lookman on the other wing, and Everton finally exert some pressure on the visitors.
Another corner won, and easily cleared. At least Goodison and the Everton player are finally awake.
31’ - Everton finally make a break as Ademola Lookman runs down the right, his low cross is met by Bernard but his diving header was awful.
28’ - Some key people have been non-factors today - Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson & Lucas Digne have done absolutely nothing today so far.
26’ - Bournemouth win a freekick from a dangerous position just outside the box on the left. Junior Stanislas curves it over the wall but Pickford dives full length to push it out for a corner.
18’ - The players, the fans, overall right now Everton are just a ball of frustration and it’s showing very clearly in the funereal atmosphere and the poor football on the pitch.
16’ - Bernard wins the Blues first corner which is easily cleared and the counterattack is on... Everton somehow scramble it away.
14’ - Everton livid as Kurt Zouma is overpowered by King and there’s no foul called, he finds Brooks wide open and he beats Pickford, but not the far post and it’s cleared. Whew.
11’ - Bernard gives away a poor freekick just outside the box. Overhit, and David Brooks goes down after some contact from Idrissa Gueye, referee Anthony Taylor waves play on. Well, if that wasn’t a penalty then it should be a yellow card for simulation right?
8’ - Jordan Pickford completely shanks a clearance under the watchful eye of England manager Gareth Southgate.
Fraser finds Josh King in a crowded box but he messes up his shot and it trickles to Pickford. Blues on the backfoot so far.
5’ - Both sides misplacing passes early. It is deathly quiet here at Goodison, the home side showing how unimpressed they are with the Blues’ recent record, no wins in their last four games at the Old Lady.
1’ - The visitors get us underway and Ryan Fraser almost makes the Blues pay but his cutback into the box is intercepted by Bernard.
Lineups - Marco Silva switches around his front four once again, with Richarlison starting at striker and Ademola Lookman replacing Theo Walcott.
Callum Wilson misses out with an injury, though Ryan Fraser and Josh King pass late fitness tests.
Everton and AFC Bournemouth both started the season well and going into December were well-poised to crack the top six as Manchester United foundered. Fast forward just over a month and the pair are sitting in the lower half of the Premier League table what went wrong.
During the AGM earlier this week club majority shareowner Farhad Moshiri expressed his dissatisfaction with overall results despite repeated heavy spending, and Marco Silva will certainly be feeling the pressure if the Blues come out flat once again like they did early on New Year’s Day against Leicester City.
Date and start time: Sunday, January 23th at 6:15 a.m. PT / 9:15 a.m ET / 2:15 p.m. BST
Stadium: Goodison Park, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Weather: 50°F/10°C, light rain, 42% chance of precipitation, 25 mph winds
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Gamethread: Liveblog will be updated above from one hour before kickoff
Starting XI: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Digne, Gueye, Gomes, Bernard, Sigurdsson, Lookman, Richarlison
Subs: Stekelenburg, Kenny, Mina, Davies, Walcott, Calvert-Lewin, Tosun
Starting XI: Begovic, Clyne, Ake, S Cook, Smith, Gosling, Lerma, Brooks, Stanislas, Fraser, King
Subs: Boruc, Surman, Mousset, Ibe, Daniels, Rico, Simpson
Fixtures between the two sides tend to be of the explosive variety, with seven Premier League clashes between the pair resulting in 29 goals. In their meeting earlier this season at the Vitality Stadium, the two sides finished 2-2 with ten men each with the Cherries clawing back from a two-goal deficit in an whirlwind second half.
Last season when the two teams met at Goodison Park it looked like the visitors were going to win the game until Oumar Niasse popped up with a super-sub’s brace to snag all three points 2-1.