Everton head to the south coast for their final game of 2017 off the back of consecutive 0-0 draws and unbeaten in all six games under Sam Allardyce.
The Toffees are guaranteed to start the New Year in the top half and could be as high as eighth by the end of the weekend’s games, whilst Bournemouth head into this game in the relegation zone.
Eddie Howe’s side picked up a controversial point on Boxing Day when Callum Wilson handled in a last minute equaliser whilst also in an offside position during a 3-3 draw at home to West Ham. That ended a run of four consecutive defeats.
Allardyce has already turned Everton’s defensive record around by conceding just two goals in his six games in charge, which included a 1-1 draw with Liverpool. Whilst the former England manager may be forced into rotation so quickly after Boxing Day’s game you can be sure his side will be well drilled.
I’m not a fan of Eddie Howe as a tactician which is why I believe his counterpart will get the better of him on Saturday.
Should Wayne Rooney be back from his illness then Everton will have an additional attacking threat, having also welcomed back Yannick Bolasie at West Brom on Tuesday, and with Gylfi Sigurdsson finding form.
Bournemouth are certainly an attacking threat but they are vulnerable defensively. I don’t see the home side picking up three points in this one.