All eyes will be at Goodison Park this Sunday as Everton welcome Bournemouth in their last game of the Premier League season.
The Toffees are one of three teams still in danger of dropping to the Championship. But unlike Leeds and Leicester, the host’s destiny is in their hands as they only need to win to secure their top-flight status for a 69th straight season – only Arsenal have accumulated more consecutive seasons in England’s top-flight.
Solid form in this crucial final month of the campaign has helped them stay above the drop zone, with only champions Manchester City beating them across their last four Premier League (PL) matches (W1, D2).
However, Everton don’t have a good history in season finales as they have lost five of the last six season finales (D1) – one of which came at Goodison Park against Bournemouth in 2019/20.
Their visitors will come into this tie looking to be party spoilers. They will also want to keep their remarkable winning run against Everton, having won the last four meetings between both teams.
Bournemouth scored 3+ goals in each of those contests, but it’s hard to see a repeat of that feat here, given they have netted one or fewer in five of their last six PL matches.
The last three games in that run all ended in defeat for the Cherries, which adds some weight to the notion that they’ve taken their foot off the gas pedal after securing their own PL survival.
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