Everton are currently 11th in the Football League, and yet they are the 5th top spending club since 2012/13 according to Transfer Market’s tables
|Club||Expenditure||Men in||Income||Men out||Balance|
|1||Man City||1,08 bn €||164||325,76m €||163||-750,97m €|
|2||Chelsea||1,06 bn €||248||697,82m €||236||-364,83m €|
|3||Man U||971,03m €||129||280,04m €||134||-690,99m €|
|4||Liverpool||835,66m €||138||535,77m €||140||-299,89m €|
|5||Arsenal||589,58m €||111||281,25m €||120||-308,33m €|
|6||Everton||531,41m €||135||288,83m €||128||-242,58m €|
They are in fact one of the teams who have spent and spent, but to no real gain.
At home they are the 9th best performing team in the league, and yet actually below Bournemouth who are a fraction of Everton’s size and have a fraction of their money.
What’s more if Everton are having to pay for their new stadium, that is going to bring a period of privation and they need to be over-achieving now not under-achieving in order to get through that period.
Here’s the home form…
Home games only
|7||Brighton and Hove Albion||11||5||3||3||15||12||3||18|
Five wins, three draws and three defeats.
But if there is a salvation here it is that Bournemouth away are as poor as Everton away.
Away games only
|16||Brighton and Hove Albion||11||2||2||7||9||18||-9||8|
Three wins, seven defeats away for Bournemouth. Just 12 goals scored away against 18 scored at home by Everton.
Bournemouth’s one hope however comes from the fact that Everton can concede at home – they have let in 16 goals, so Bournemouth might bank on their one goal a game. It could be enough to get them a draw.
Indeed they might even fancy snatching a victory given how poor Everton’s results have been of late…
|02 Dec 2018||Liverpool v Everton||L||1-0|
|05 Dec 2018||Everton v Newcastle United||D||1-1|
|10 Dec 2018||Everton v Watford||D||2-2|
|15 Dec 2018||Manchester City v Everton||L||3-1|
|23 Dec 2018||Everton v Tottenham Hotspur||L||2-6|
|26 Dec 2018||Burnley v Everton||W||1-5|
|29 Dec 2018||Brighton and Hove Albion v Everton||L||1-0|
|01 Jan 2019||Everton v Leicester City||L||0-1|
|05 Jan 2019||Everton v Lincoln City FAC||W||2-1|
Leaving aside the Lincoln game (and that victory was only by one goal) there is one outstanding win (against Burnley) balanced by a slaughtering by Tottenham – at Goodison.
The only good thing for Everton is that Bournemouth’s bad run has gone on even longer…
|03 Nov 2018||Bournemouth v Manchester United||L||1-2|
|10 Nov 2018||Newcastle United v Bournemouth||L||2-1|
|25 Nov 2018||Bournemouth v Arsenal||L||1-2|
|01 Dec 2018||Manchester City v Bournemouth||L||3-1|
|04 Dec 2018||Bournemouth v Huddersfield Town||W||2-1|
|08 Dec 2018||Bournemouth v Liverpool||L||0-4|
|15 Dec 2018||Wolverhampton W v Bournemouth||L||2-0|
|19 Dec 2018||Chelsea v Bournemouth Lge Cup||L||1-0|
|22 Dec 2018||Bournemouth v Brighton and Hove||W||2-0|
|26 Dec 2018||Tottenham Hotspur v Bournemouth||L||5-0|
|30 Dec 2018||Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth||L||4-1|
|02 Jan 2019||Bournemouth v Watford||D||3-3|
|05 Jan 2019||Bournemouth v Brighton and Hove FAC||L||1-3|
Two wins in 13 games is relegation form, not top 10 and Bournemouth need to get this form sorted out fast or else they will sink. Indeed it is only the poverty of displays by teams near the bottom that means Bournemouth are in 12th.
Physioroom note that Bournemouth have 8 injuries although four are listed as possibly being ok for today after late fitness tests: Fraser King, Wilson and Gosling. Francis, Solanke, Cook and Smith are out.
Everton seem to have no injuries.
This really is a case of who can pick themselves up off the deck and deliver some proper free flowing football. Whoever does will win. If both fail to gain some confidence then a draw is the obvious outcome, but if through one means or another Everton can get a goal I think Bournemouth will just crumble mentally.