What went wrong for Bournemouth this season?

What went wrong for Bournemouth this season?

AFC Bournemouth never had any right to be in the Premier League. A small south coast team with a tiny stadium, they had spent their history slogging away in the lower leagues not even dreaming of one day playing in the top flight. Indeed, until the 1980's they'd never even played in the second tier of English football. But Eddie Howe changed that. He made fans dream, and then he turned those dreams into reality. Having taken over a club …
Could Everton challenge for the top six again?

Could Everton challenge for the top six again?

Everton have had an interesting couple of years under Roberto Martinez, with a 5th and 11th placed finishes. The Spaniard is certainly the right man for the job, with last season's disappointment being largely down to the Europa League. Everton have a very good squad, but it is small and the extra games that the Europa League brought had a negative effect. They have started this season off with two wins, two draws and a defeat, which came against the …
Everton vs Aston Villa Preview | Team News, Facts & Key Men

Everton vs Aston Villa Preview | Team News, Facts & Key Men

Both teams head into this without a win in their last three games as both sides have seen their early season optimism crash back to earth. Everton have endured a dismal start to their second season under Roberto Martinez with just six points gained from seven fixtures. Meanwhile, Aston Villa looked set to finally kick on under Paul Lambert but three defeats in a row have tempered what hopes they had and now a result against Everton is paramount to …
Player Performance Analysis | Ross Barkley Vs Liverpool

Player Performance Analysis | Ross Barkley Vs Liverpool

Although conceding a late equaliser against your biggest rivals is a bitter pill to swallow, Evertonians couldn’t afford to be too downhearted at the conclusion of their enthralling 3-3 draw with Liverpool on Saturday because, nevertheless, they had just witnessed the greatest attacking performance in a Merseyside derby from the Toffees for several years. Martínez consistently signed off his programme notes at Wigan Athletic with the Spanish expression ‘sin miedo’ meaning ‘without fear’ and that was exactly how his side …
Liverpool 0 Everton 0 | Match Stats & Report

Liverpool 0 Everton 0 | Match Stats & Report

The 220th edition of English football’s oldest local rivalry was played out at Anfield today as Liverpool took on Everton. It was to be Jamie Carragher’s last derby game before the Liverpool legend retired from football, but the match was unable to provide the result both sets of supporters would have wanted as it ended in a boring 0-0 draw. The game got off to a fairly lively start in which Everton’s defence was the busier of the two. There …
How did the Everton centre backs fare in 2012-13

How did the Everton centre backs fare in 2012-13

Around eleven months ago when the Premier League season wrapped up, Everton held their end of season dinner in Liverpool. Saving the main accolade until last, the evening culminated in John Heitinga receiving the Everton player of the year award and few could dispute the decision after a string of impressive performances in 2011-12. Supporters were able to discuss the merits of their preferred centre back pairing as three players, each of them in fine form, competed for two central …
Everton 2 Newcastle United 2 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Everton 2 Newcastle United 2 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

This was the cliched game of two halves, with Alan Pardew's drastic reaction to a dreadful first half allowing Newcastle to improve massively. It took a root-and-branch shift in how his team were approaching the game to change the course of a match which had been very one-sided in the first half, but the Magpies' coach was rewarded for his bravery. This match clearly illustrated that substitutions can change the shape of a game. With injuries hampering his plans, Pardew …
Johnny Heitinga v Everton Centre Backs

Johnny Heitinga v Everton Centre Backs

Seen by many supporters to have been Everton's last marquee signing, Johnny Heitinga has continually struggled to establish himself on the pitch in his more natural position of centre-back. Brought in to help fill the void left by Joleon Lescott, more often that not he has found himself required to fill in at right-back, or as a defensive midfielder at Everton, with David Moyes preferring to use Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin at the back. The Dutchman now fiercely divides opinion at Goodison Park. …