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AFC Bournemouth vs Everton at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel


AFC Bournemouth

, Ryan Fraser ‘33' , Ryan Fraser ‘88'


, Idrissa Gueye ‘57'
FT 30th December 2017 3:00 PM
Vitality Stadium
Stats Sponsored by MSP Capital

    Who's fit for Everton's visit?


    AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has provided an injury update ahead of the Everton game.

    Charlie Daniels and Harry Arter have been absent for the last two games, while Joshua King was substituted just after an hour against West Ham United.

    Junior Stanislas was also missing for the West Ham game after limping out of the away game at Manchester City and the manager confirmed he'll be absent once again.

    Andrew Surman also missed the West Ham United game and the manager said: "Jermain and Tyrone are still out long term.

    "But apart from that there's nothing serious with any of the other players.

    "I will have to make quite a few late calls on a number of players ahead of this one, whether they return for this game, the next game or in two games time I don't think any injury is serious.

    "It is frustrating that we've had a lot of injuries at a time when we've had a lot of games. Our injury record has been good until the last few weeks.

    "But we are pleased that nothing too serious has affected us yet bar Jermain and Tyrone, and the injured players will be back pretty soon."

    Boss reflects on 2017 and previews Everton



    Eddie Howe spoke to the media on Friday morning to preview AFC Bournemouth's upcoming Premier League game against Everton at Vitality Stadium.

    Here's a look at the key talking points from the manager's pre-match briefing.

    On the Christmas and New Year period…

    “My mind is always on the football. Yes, I enjoyed the Christmas period, but it’s difficult to take your mind away from the football.

    “Our performance against West Ham was enjoyable and it was good to see us return to our best in terms of chances created.

    “I think when we look back over 2017, we had a difficult start to the year and we’ve been going through a tough period of late, but in between that we’ve been able to secure that top half finish in the Premier League.

    “We head in to 2018 hoping that we can change our fortunes around. We know we’re capable of doing it and we have to have that belief if we are to pick up some results and transform our league positions.”

    On Everton…

    “It’s another tough game. Sam has done a great job in such a short period of time, but we have to use that as a motivating factor for us.

    “Everton have built some momentum and confidence in the last month and there’s no doubt that they will be tough opposition. That said, we know what we’re capable of.”

    On Sam Allardyce…

    “He has transformed the club in a very short period of time. They’ve always had some very good players, but he’s given them confidence and they’ve been able to pick up some very good results.

    “We’ve had some tough encounters against Sam in the past. He’s a really good guy and great character. He’s shown that wherever he has been he has a great way of building teams and momentum.”

    On Wayne Rooney…

    “Wayne Rooney has always had that goal-scoring knowhow and pedigree. He’s been an incredible player, but we know that he isn’t their only dangerman.”

    On his side’s recent performances…

    “It was great to see us return to our best against West Ham. We created lots of chances and looked really good in final third. That is something we work on every day. Sometimes it comes out in games, other times it doesn’t.

    “For me, it wasn’t just the West Ham game, but we I also thought we looked very good going forward against Chelsea in the cup and away at Manchester United.”

    “I don’t think there has been a lot wrong with our performances at home. We’ve dropped a few points in games that we probably shouldn’t have. The key thing is that we now build on those recent positive performances.”

    Matchday schedule: Everton


    AFC Bournemouth's upcoming Premier League game against Everton is the club's designated Dorset Children’s Foundation game.

    Dorset Children’s Foundation are the official partner of the club's Junior Cherries.

    Set up in 2013, the Dorset Children’s Foundation aim improve the lives of local sick and disabled children. The charity funds medical expenses, mobility equipment and therapies not covered by the NHS.

    Here's a look a what's going on ahead of kick off against the Toffees.

    9am: Superstore and ticket office open

    The Superstore is open from 9am on Saturday.

    The Superstore are currently offering 20% off training wear whilst stocks last!

    Elsewhere, the ticket office also opens at 9am, with Emirates FA Cup third round tickets now on general sale.

    9am: South Stand car park open

    Just behind the stadium, the South Stand car park is open for just £1 to all supporters.

    It does tend to fill up approximately 75 minutes before kick-off and there will be delays of up to 30 minutes when leaving post-match. Please be aware that on leaving, you can turn left at the exit of the car park, and right at the roundabout, which will bring you out via Gloucester Road in Boscombe.

    Alternatively, the Sovereign Centre on Christchurch Road, which is approximately ten minutes’ walk from the ground, is available for matchday parking for both Saturday and week night games. Parking the cost just £2 for 4 hours and £4 for 24 hours.

    Supporters will also be able to use Harewood College for parking on Saturday home games free of charge.

    This parking facility has the advantage of being away from the congestion around Kings Park, while only a short walk to Vitality Stadium, allowing easier access.

    Available from 12.30pm, the car park will be manned by a steward until kick-off and is completely free to park. If using your satnav, please put in Harewood Avenue as the college’s post code sends you slightly off course.

    Several residential roads adjacent to the ground have parking restrictions which the club asks supporters to adhere to. Where these do not exist, please be mindful of existing drive entrances and avoid parking illegally or unsafely.
    Residents have direct access to parking enforcement officers on a matchday and so to avoid any issues please respect their access.

    12pm: Retail pod open

    Our retail pod behind the Colmar Construction Ted MacDougall South Stand is open from 12pm and you can get your home and away shirts and plenty more!

    12pm: 1910 Bar open

    Want a drink before the game? The 1910 Bar is open for home supporters and is located next to the press entrance in the Vitality Main Stand. Supporters are required to show home ticket on entry.

    Hot food is available in the bistro section this bar does get busy, but below is an alternative…

    12pm: Great Escape Bar open

    Our outside bar is open for business from 12pm, with last orders at 2.15pm and the bar closing at 2.30pm. Situated between the Thistlebarrow Road entrance and the Superstore, it’s a great place to meet friends before entering the ground for a drink and a hot snack.

    12.30pm: Fanzone open

    Our Junior Fanzone is open for young supporters at 12.30pm. There’s plenty going on with an Xbox One station with FIFA18, table tennis tables and more.

    12.30pm: DC Lounge open

    The DC Lounge is open to both home and away disabled supporters pre-match.

    It is based on the ground floor and first floor in the East Stand for the use of disabled supporters only.

    This offers Sky/BT Sport TV and a refreshment service, and a great opportunity for supporters to socialise before the match. There is also a lift available for supporters using the platform. There are also two accessible toilets and a matchday quiz.

    1.30pm: Turnstiles open

    The exception is Turnstile B, which will open one hour before kick-off due to the Junior Fanzone.

    Early bird offers

    To encourage supporters to enter the ground as early as possible, we have an enhanced catering combo and competition entry.

    Up to 2.30pm you can take advantage of a pie/pint for £5 (not available in South Stand due to licensing legislation) or pie/hot or cold drink for £4.

    Supporters who have entered the ground up to 45 minutes before kick-off will be entered into a draw to win the previous game’s man of the match signed by the player. This week, a Nathan Ake signed shirt will be a prize.

    2.15pm: Pre-match entertainment begins

    We’ve revamped our big screen so there’s plenty of new entertainment on offer this season.

    Look out for the Fans’ Champion for this game, as well as loads of other content on the big screen ahead of kick off!

    3pm: Kick off

    Our Premier League game against Everton gets underway!

    Five point preview: Everton


    Everton are the visitors to Vitality Stadium on Saturday, with Sam Allardyce’s side fresh from two 0-0 draws against Chelsea and West Brom respectively.

    With the Cherries having recorded a thrilling 3-3 draw with West Ham on Boxing Day, they’ll be looking to gather all three points against the Toffees.

    Ahead of the game, here are five points to look out for.

    Recent form…


    Since the appointment of Sam Allardyce, Everton have been flying and haven’t lost in eight games across all competitions, keeping six clean sheets in the process.

    Having beaten West Ham 4-0 and swept aside Swansea 3-1, the Toffees have also recorded an impressive draw with last season’s champions Chelsea.

    Now sitting ninth, Sam Allardyce’s side are only looking up in the table and can focus firmly on the domestic campaign after exiting the Europa League in the group stages.

    The manager…  


    Sam Allardyce was chosen as the man to guide Everton away from the relegation zone, following a worrying start to the season. Signing a contract until the summer of 2019, the club are undefeated in all competitions since his arrival.

    With previous experience in English football’s top flight, plus a short stint as national team manager, there’s no doubt that he is the man the fire the Toffees up the table.  

    One to watch…  


    With so many stand out youngsters, it’s hard to pick just one, but Dominic Calvert-Lewin has had an excellent start to the season, with his efforts rewarded with a new contract keeping him with Everton until 2023.

    The striker, who scored England’s winning goal in the summer’s Under-20 World Cup final, has netted seven times for the Toffees this season in both the Premier League and the Europa League.

    Potential signing…  


    Everton have recently been linked with Besiktas forward Cenk Tosun, reportedly agreeing a £25 million move to bring the striker to Merseyside. The Turk has netted 13 times in 23 games for his club this season and could be viewed as a long-term replacement for Romelu Lukaku.

    Internationally, Tosun also has experience having represented Turkey on 24 occasions and scoring eight times, proving his goalscoring prowess.   

    Last season…


    Cherries fans will have fond memories of Everton’s visit to Vitality Stadium last season, with Eddie Howe’s side running out 1-0 winners.

    Junior Stanislas’ 23rd minute winner was enough for the hosts to record the three points, as the Toffees lost their first Premier League game of the 2016/17 campaign.

    Ref watch: Probert in charge for Everton


    Lee Probert will be the man in the middle for Saturday’s game at Vitality Stadium, as the Cherries welcome Everton.

    The 45-year-old has taken charge of eight Premier League fixtures this season, referring Eddie Howe’s side twice.

    The first encounter came away at the Bet365 Stadium, as the Cherries ran out 2-1 winners over Stoke City, whilst Probert was also in charge for the home clash with Huddersfield Town, which resulted in another three points.

    Across his eight top flight fixtures officiated this season, he has handed out 12 yellow cards, two red cards and awarded one penalty.

    On Saturday, Probert will be assisted by Simon Beck and Constantine Hatzidakis, with Andre Marriner the fourth official.


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