Bournemouth v Everton Tips | 20th February 2016 | BBC One

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LIVE on BBC One on Saturday night Bournemouth and Everton clash in the FA Cup. Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) gives us his views.

Bournemouth v Everton | Saturday 17:30 | BBC One

A place in the Quarter-Finals awaits the winner of this tie. Who wants it more though? No doubt both sides will play weakened teams as the spectre of the Premier League continues to haunt this competition. Who will cope with it better?

Neither of these sides have faced Premier League opposition yet in the competition and this will be their toughest test yet for their second-string teams.

Bournemouth impressively saw off Championship play-off hunting Birmingham in the Third Round and followed that up with another 2-1 win, this time against League Two Portsmouth.

Neither game was particularly straight-forward for the Cherries and there’s no doubt that this clash with Everton will stretch their policy of playing squad players.

Everton have been fortunate enough to be drawn against two League Two sides so far in the competition. Dagenham & Redbridge were dismissed in the Third Round while Carlisle were escorted to the exit door in the Fourth Round via a 3-0 win for the Toffees.

In truth this is an awful game to try and evaluate when you know both sides aren’t playing full strength sides but my rule of thumb is simple – deep down who will want this more. It has to be Everton.

Yes, it’s a risky path to tread but the first and final (and everything in between) aim for Bournemouth this season is to stay in the Premier League. Four points off the relegation zone in 15th place their survival is far from assured.

Everton meanwhile have been made no real progress this season. Stuck in 11th position in the table manager Roberto Martinez is right to be under a wee bit of pressure when you look at the player names at his disposal.

Defeat here for Everton would end their season so one would assume the stakes feel a lot higher for them than Bournemouth. The Toffees are also not in action till March 1st after this game so there’s more scope to be expansive here for them.

Everton are 13/10 to win this game which actually feels a little too short to put up so I’ll go with them to win and both teams to score at a healthier 16/5 with Coral.

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Bournemouth v Everton – Everton to win and both teams to score (16/5 Coral)

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Chris first got interested in betting back in 2000 when he began working in betting shops throughout Scotland. He has remained in the industry ever since, specialising in marketing and PR roles. Outside of betting, his interests are listening to Blur and following Queen Of The South.

2 Comments

  1. Hi Chris,

    I am brave enough to take the 2.2 on betfair available on Everton and here’s why

    In the last two FA Cup ties for Bournemouth Eddie Howe has made quite dramatic changes to his regular selections, he made 11 changes against Birmingham & I believe 10 against Portsmouth, now whilst they did go on to win those games it took late winners in both to secure the victories. I think this evening he will make changes again (but not as many) as I believe the priority for Bournemouth will be the EPL position rather than the FA Cup and so I think that a strong Everton will be able to take advantage of those maybe weaker positions and come away with the victory. In the previous meeting between these two we saw a cracker of a game and 6 goals delivered maybe goals could be on the cards again this evening. Martinez has a love for the cup and Everton need to be in with a chance of winning something this season in my opinion so at full strength possibly I think the 2.2 is a stand out bet on the away side.

    Best of luck today sir.

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      Hi Laurence

      Great to hear you agree. All the points you make I completely concur with – Roberto Martinez needs this win much more than Eddie Howe!

      Now let’s hope we’re right. Enjoy the game and thanks for reading.

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