Bournemouth will be hoping to cast aside their recent dismal Premier League form when they host Everton in the EFL Cup on Tuesday evening.
The Cherries became the first team in Premier League history to lose back-to-back games after squandering a two-goal lead on both occasions, and on their last outing, they were on the wrong side of a 4-3 scoreline against Leeds.
Everton, meanwhile, were very much second best against Leicester as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat at Goodison Park over the weekend.
Although both sides are languishing in the bottom half of the league, this could still be a fiercely contested cup clash, and one we are looking forward to.
So, ahead of kick-off, we have scoured the markets and picked out a couple of tips for you to tuck into.
Bournemouth to prevail in a breathless encounter
Bournemouth are in desperate need of a lift after a frustrating period where they have struggled to kill off teams when they have had the upper hand.
Although Gary O’Neil’s men will be bereft of Lloyd Kelly, Neto, and David Brook, they should have enough quality to see off Frank Lampard’s troops.
Interestingly, Everton have the fourth meanest defence in the Premier League this term, conceding just 14 goals, but Bournemouth have won three of the past five clashes between the two sides.
But the Toffees are clearly lacking quality at the other end of the pitch, and they are likely to be without Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who suffered a fresh blow when he hobbled off the pitch in the defeat to the Foxes.
While there may have been a worrying trend creeping into Bournemouth’s games, O’Neil’s side should get over the line and secure progress into the next stage of the competition.
There could well be goals in this clash too, so I am gravitating towards the Bournemouth to win and Both Teams to Score market, which is available at 9/2 with William Hill, and this may be worth exploring further.
Philip to take top Billing for Bournemouth
Philip Billing is one of those warriors that gets around the park and fights for every ball, and O’Neil needs that from his players if his side are going to steer themselves from the relegation zone.
Billing has also chipped in with some big goals this term, netting four times in the league, and he will fancy getting on the scoresheet.
And he could well open his account in the EFL Cup by finding the target against Everton. I have a hunch that Billing could score the winner, and if you like the look of the Goalscorer Markets, then Billing is trading at 9/1 to bag the final goal of the game with Unibet.