Competition: FA Cup: Fifth Round – AFC Bournemouth vs. Everton FC
Venue: Vitality Stadium – Saturday, February 20 – 17:15 GMT (12:15 ET)
Match Odds: Bournemouth 9/4 – Draw 12/5 – Everton 6/5
Bournemouth host Everton in one of three all-Premier League clashes in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday evening, with both sides looking to bounce back from disappointing league defeats last weekend.
The Cherries are still involved in a relegation scrap as they are just four points above the bottom three in the league. However, they’ve done well in the FA Cup so far and would love to reach the quarter-finals with a victory here.
This will be Bournemouth’s first home FA Cup tie of the season after 2-1 wins at Birmingham and Portsmouth got them this far.Embed from Getty Images
Last week’s 3-1 home loss to Stoke was disappointing for Eddie Howe’s side. They have the second-worst home record in the top flight this season and seem to play better on the road than in front of their own fans.
Everton are also coming into this one off the back of a frustrating loss. They fell 1-0 at home to West Brom last weekend, despite dominating the game and creating countless chances.
Roberto Martinez will be looking for an immediate response with victory at Bournemouth and will hope the team can keep a third-straight clean-sheet in the FA Cup here.
The Toffees beat Dagenham & Redbridge 2-0 in the third round before sailing past Carlisle 3-0 last time. They were one game away from reaching the League Cup final, and so the club would love to make up for that setback by going all the way in the FA Cup this year.
These two sides have already played each other in Bournemouth this season in an entertaining game that ended 3-3 back in November, thanks to two very late Bournemouth goals. Everton were left devastated after leading the game 2-0 at halftime and will be out to make amends here.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has no fresh injury concerns coming into the game but changes are expected to be made after back-to-back Premier League defeats. The likes of Josh King, Juan Iturbe and Lewis Grabban will all be hoping to start.
Everton could hand January signing Oumar Niasse his debut here, so long as the striker is match fit. John Stones remains doubtful and is unlikely to be risked, while Tony Hibbert, Tyias Browning and Muhamed Besic all remain sidelined.
Bournemouth’s last five in all competitions: D/W/W/L/L
Everton’s last five in all competitions: L/W/W/W/L
Key Stat: Bournemouth have never beaten Everton in any competition (P4 – D1 – L3). They met in the FA Cup back in 1937, with Everton winning 5-0 that day.
Key Player: Junior Stanislas – Stanislas scored two late goals to rescue a dramatic point when Bournemouth drew 3-3 with Everton in November. He will hope to get a start here and will look to find the net against the Toffees once again.Embed from Getty Images
Bournemouth 1-2 Everton – Bournemouth have really struggled to win games at home this season and were fortunate to get a point from their meeting with Everton in November. The Toffees have been in better form of late and have more depth to their squad, which could be crucial. Expect the away side to edge this one and book their place in the quarter-finals.