Fulltime Thoughts - More frustration for Everton away from home. Setpiece defending was terrible, and the slow defence was caught out a number of times by a threatening Bournemouth who attacked with pace and Eddie Howe was rewarded for his bravery in naming an aggressive lineup.
90+5’ - There’s the final whistle mercifully. Everton lose 3-1.
90+3’ - Digne wins a corner off Fraser. Cleared, falls to Walcott, but his tame shot dribbles to the goalie.
90+1’ - Mina with a poor back pass to Pickford, and the goalie has to come sliding out as Wilson is looking for a hattrick.
89’ - Bernard cuts in and his shot is blocked, bounces up in the air in the six-yard box but it falls kindly for the home side.
There’ll be five minutes added on.
86’ - Iwobi continuing to create half chances but there’s really been nothing to write about. The hosts are happy to bunker and take their first home win of the season.
80’ - Theo Walcott is Silva’s last throw of the dice, on for Richarlison.
73’ - Is that the game? Billing finds Wilson between the two centrehalves standing stock-still like traffic cones, and the forward chips Pickford neatly into the far corner. 3-1, just like that.
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71’ - Double change - Iwobi moves to #10, Gylfi off for Bernard, and a like-for-like swap as Moise Kean is on for DCL.
69’ - More trouble now as Fraser finds Wilson streaking into the box, cleared for another corner. Ball back into the box is to Wilson wide open, but he’s offside.
Everton were really in the ascendancy there and looking the better bet to take the lead, but a couple of mistakes with the foul and defending the freekick, and here we are.
67’ - King charges down the Everton right again, Richarlison slides in and misses the ball. Yellow card and a freekick right at the edge of the box.
Goal from Fraser. He made the difference minutes after coming on didn’t he, looks like a Delph own goal. Awful clearing attempt from the veteran midfielder, and once again it’s the setpiece defending to blame.
65’ - ARGH! Cook’s backpass to Ramsdale is terrible and DCL nips in, but can’t guide it past the goalie who palms it away. Ooof.
60’ - Sigurdsson now shading to the left making small passing triangles with Digne and Iwobi.
The Frenchman wins a corner off Fraser but it’s cleared away. VAR does a quick handball check, nothing there. Captain Steve Cook is down with an injury, but looks okay to continue.
57’ - Cherries’ danger-man Ryan Fraser is coming on now for Harry Wilson. The Scotsman has been linked with Everton in recent months too.
Digne takes a yellow card for a professional foul, bringing Fraser down after a poor cross-field pass from Delph.
56’- A Bournemouth counter from a loss of possession by the Blues in midfield leads to a corner. Pickford goes out bravely to punch clear and Wilson runs into him hard, but he was offside.
55’ - Everton have had the lion’s share of the possession in the second half, and are passing it about much more confidently.
52’ - Digne getting much more joy on the left already - he’s pressing high and Iwobi is finding him in the spaces where he’s most dangerous from. Apparently he’s got an issue with his left thigh according to the commentators. Pulled something?
47’ - Iwobi leads a break forward, but with space to shoot, chooses to pass to Digne whose cross is blocked.
The same pair then combine again to set up Sigurdsson with a left-footed snapshot, and Ramsdale pushes it over for a corner.
Deep corner cleared, and Digne fires it back in with his right foot, but it’s blocked away.
46’ - Second half underway.
Halftime Thoughts - Even game, both sides have had their chances. The Blues started the stronger side, but let the Cherries come back into it. The equalizer seemed to come out of nowhere, Everton’s first away goal of the season.
DCL has rightly received some criticism for his first half performance, but is also capable of what he showed with the goal. Infuriating really, needs to build more consistency.
Also, this -
Almost as important as DCL scoring: Richarlison showing he can generate assists like that, not just be a pure finisher.— Ankur Mandhania (@amandhania) September 15, 2019
45’ - Just a minute added on, and it’s halftime.
44’ - DCL!! Vindicated! Rises highest to a beautiful cross from Richarlison who was fed by Coleman. That will give the youngster all the confidence in the world! 1-1 just before the break.
43’ - King is giving Coleman nightmares on the wing. His cutback is fired in on goal by Billing, deflected out for a corner. Cleared away by Iwobi.
39’ - Delph goes sliding in in the center circle, Solanke goes down. Paul Tierney has a word with the midfielder, next infringement likely gets him a booking.
Oh there it is, just seconds later. clatters Harry Wilson.
Another freekick in a dangerous position now, somewhat scrambled away. Tenth foul of the half for the Blues.
36’ - Everton really unable to put their foot on the ball and pass it around, create some pressure and put their hosts under some real stress.
Iwobi finds DIgne on the overlap, great cross in and RIcharlison stoops to head it.. just wide. Oof.
The high press wins the ball in the box, DCL has the ball at his feet with his back to goal, but can’t get out of his own way and fires way over.
34’ - Solanke wins a corner off Delph on the left. Taken short and Sigurdsson cuts in and clears.
31’ - Uh-oh, here comes trouble. Seamus Coleman harshly adjudged to have fouled King about 25 yards out. Wilson hovering on it, but his shot is straight at the wall. Whew.
30’ - Haven’t seen much of the Everton fullbacks in the opposing half today - the Cherries pace on the break definitely something on their minds.
28’ - Richarlison has been a livewire today, really looking good to break Everton’s scoring duck away from Goodison Park.
23’ - Setpiece woes strike again. Corner is fizzed into the six-yard box, ball lifted back by Josh King into the box and Callum Wilson unmarked heads straight past Pickford from point-blank range. Three Bournemouth players all near the ball while DCL was the only blue shirt next to it. Questions have to be asked about the setpiece defending here.
Long VAR check for offside and handball by King, but the Blues will have no such luck.
18’ - Oooh close! Richarlison puts DCL through in on goal but the striker cannot guide the ball past Ramsdale flying out.
Even closer! Richarlison cutting in from the left is a real threat, and his shot from a central position, about 25 yards, dips viciously and goes off the angle! So close!
15’ - Richarlison and Iwobi are freely switching wings and it’s been interesting to see. The hosts have named a very attacking lineup to break their slump, and have looked dangerous on the break.
12’ - Back from injury, Lewis Cook is doing well in the middle and now wins a freekick off Scheniderlin, central location about thirty yards out. Harry Wilson, who can hit them well, steps up, but no power on it and Jordan Pickford gathers easily.
8’ - Philip Billing gets the first shot off, but it’s well wide. The Cherries can break at pace and Everton will be hard-pressed to close down spaces.
Freekick from the top of the middle third lands in the box and Dominic Solanke goes for the spectacular with a scissor kick, but it’s wide.
6’ - Now Gylfi Sigurdsson runs free down the right, his cross is too close to the goalie and Ramsdale pushes it our for another corner. This is somewhat cleared and Iwobi’s cross into the box is headed out for a third early corner. Foul in the box kills this sequence.
4’ - Alex Iwobi wins the Blues the first corner of the game, but it’s long from Lucas Digne and cleared easily.
1’ - And we’re off! Schneiderlin gets us started.
Silva has been talking about his selection choices today, first confirming that Gomes is indeed injured, and then why he chose DCL today.
“He felt something after the Wolves match. He tried to work during the week but in the last days he felt it again. He will miss the game today.
”It’s the ribs. It’s something we will have to see day by day how he recovers from that situation. What we want to do is get him ready as fast as we can.
“We feel within our plan, the opponent we are playing against, Dominic fits in a different way. Moise was away for the last eight to 10 days, and we was working with Dominic as well. We feel to start with Dominic will be a good solution.”
Starting Lineups - Marco Silva has made two changes to the XI - yet another injury to a midfielder means Andre Gomes misses out with a rib injury, with Morgan Schneiderlin stepping in for him. Moise Kean drops to the bench for Dominic Calvert-Lewin to start.
Everton travel south to the seaside to take on AFC Bournemouth, and let’s whisper the next part because it usually doesn’t go well whenever we talk loudly about it... go third in the Premier League table tied on points with defending champions Manchester City.
There, now that’s out of the way, lets talk about the game the Blues have ahead of them.
Hosts Bournemouth and Everton have usually produced some firecrackers of games between them, with defending always seeming optional in these clashes.
Marco Silva knows if he needs to break into the top six then the first thing to improve upon would be away form, and conveniently the Cherries are still finding their best selves as Eddie Howe is discovering the strengths and weaknesses of his current squad.
It’s going to be a balmy late-summer day, let’s hope the Blues are able to grab their first away win of the league season.
Competition: Premier League Matchday 5
Date and start time: Sunday, September 15th at 6:00 a.m. PT / 9:00 a.m ET / 2:00 p.m. BST
Stadium: Vitality Stadium (aka Dean Court), Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom
Weather: 71°F/22°C, partly cloudy, 1% chance of precipitation, 5 mph winds
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Starting XI: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne; Schneiderlin, Delph; Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Iwobi; Calvert-Lewin
Subs: Stekelenburg, Holgate, Sidibe, Bernard, Kean, Davies, Walcott
Starting XI: Ramsdale; Stacey, Cook, Aké, Rico; King, Billing, Cook, Wilson; Solanke, Wilson.
Subs: Boruc, Mepham, Simpson, Lerma, Surman, Fraser, Ibe
The Blues have yet to win a Premier League clash away at Bournemouth, so why not start today?
This clash last season was a rollicking affair, with each side reduced to ten men by the second half. Everton then snatched a 2-0 lead through Theo Walcott and Michael Keane, but the home side fought back and tied it through Joshua King from the spot after a Leighton Baines penalty and then Nathan Ake.
The big test for the Blues will be to take the lead away from Goodison Park. In the last few games they’ve either failed to take advantage of their chances on the road, or fallen behind early and then spent the rest of the game digging themselves out of that hole.