On Tuesday evening, Bournemouth will face Everton in an all-Premier League EFL Cup third-round clash at the Vitality Stadium.
Both teams are looking to rebound from weekend Premier League setbacks, with the Cherries losing a seven-goal thriller to Leeds United and the Toffees losing 2-0 to Leicester City.
For the second time in two weeks, Bournemouth let a two-goal lead slip through their grasp in a chastening Premier League defeat, with Leeds managing to make lightning strike twice for the Cherries after Tottenham’s dramatic comeback win on the South coast.
The new manager bounce under O’Neil was never going to last forever for Bournemouth, who now prepare for the first of two quickfire meetings with Everton before the World Cup break aiming to avoid a fifth defeat in a row in all tournaments.
Speaking of profligacy, the Toffees could only edge past Fleetwood Town 1-0 in the second round of the EFL Cup thanks to Demarai Gray’s effort, and they were eliminated in the third round on penalties by Queens Park Rangers in the 2021-22 edition.
That defeat marked the seventh time in 12 seasons since 2010 that Everton have gone out in the third round, and they lost both games to Bournemouth by a 3-1 scoreline in the 2019-20 Premier League season before they prepare to meet the Cherries twice in the space of four days this time around.
Bournemouth did not sustain any fresh injury concerns during the recent defeat to Leeds, but David Brooks, Neto Moura and Lloyd Kelly are not expected to play again before the World Cup.
Chris Mepham picked up his fifth booking of the Premier League season against Leeds, but his suspension will not take effect here, and O’Neil will be expected to make some alterations despite the calibre of opposition.
Jack Stephens, Jordan Zemura, Junior Stanislas and Joe Rothwell will all be vying for starts, and there may even be scope for Emiliano Marcondes to come back into the first-team fold.
As for Everton, perennial treatment room occupant Dominic Calvert-Lewin was forced off with a hamstring strain just after the hour mark against Leicester, joining Yerry Mina, Ben Godfrey and Andros Townsend in the medical bay.
Lampard does not believe that Calvert-Lewin’s injury is too serious, but he will certainly miss out here as he prepares to undergo a scan, so the door is open for Neal Maupay to come back in up front.
Asmir Begovic, Nathan Patterson, James Garner and Ruben Vinagre are among those hoping to force their way into contention for the cup game, with the latter failing to make the Toffees’ last three Premier League squads.
Possible starting lineup:
|Mepham, Chris||Tarkowski, James|
|Smith, Adam||Mykolenko, Vitaliy|
|Senesi, Marcos||Coady, Conor|
|Zemura, Jordan||Patterson, Nathan|
|Lerma, Jefferson||Gray, Demarai|
|Tavernier, Marcus||Onana, Amadou Mvom|
|Cook, Lewis||Gordon, Anthony|
|Billing, Philip||McNeil, Dwight|
|Solanke, Dominic||Gueye, Idrissa|
|Christie, Ryan||Iwobi, Alex|
Bournemouth = 60.6%
Draw = 21.2%
Everton = 18.3%
Bournemouth 2-1 Everton
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