By Matthew Shaw

10th Nov, 2022 | 8:10pm

Chris Sutton predicts Everton showdown v Bournemouth in crunch Premier League clash

Chris Sutton has backed Everton to leave Bournemouth with a draw in their final Premier League showdown before the World Cup break over in Qatar.

The BBC pundit has predicted that it will finish 1-1 at the Vitality Stadium, despite the same fixture ending in embarrassment for the Toffees last time out in the Carabao Cup.

Sutton admitted that the travelling fans looked more than disgruntled at Frank Lampard in that fixture, with clear booing being heard from the terraces.

Writing in his BBC predictions column ahead of the final game week before the World Cup break, Sutton shared what he expects to happen on the south coast.

“Looking at the reaction from the Everton fans, it felt like a lot of them were disgruntled about going out like that when their team has not won a trophy since 1995,” he wrote.

“There is more pressure on Toffees boss Frank Lampard now because of the team he picked, rather than just the result and the fact they were knocked out.

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“This game will be completely different for obvious reasons and I am finding it hard to make a case for either team to win it. I don’t think there will be as many goals this time, but this one has got draw written all over it.”


It appears mental that Everton fans are now questioning Lampard.

Of course, it highlights how quickly football can change in the space of a few months with everything looking up throughout the summer and the start of the season.

Now, the football looks very poor and the tactics on show aren’t much better with the players available to the club, as proven when things were rotated on Wednesday.

Everton have clear issues, and although steps were taken to eradicate them in the summer, the lack of attacking signings that have worked has killed them.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been playing with a dislocated shoulder and is now ruled out, and if he isn’t back after the World Cup, serious work needs to be done in January.

Dwight McNeil hasn’t been good enough consistently either so potentially another striker and winger are needed to propel the Toffees up that table.

Hopefully, Lampard can send a timely reminder to everyone over the weekend.