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Yerry Mina to start ahead of Michael Keane? – Predicted 4-2-3-1 Everton XI to face Bournemouth

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Predicted Everton XI to face Bournemouth in the Premier League

Everton progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 2-1 victory over Lincoln City after suffering a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Leicester City on New Year’s Day.

Everton currently sit 11th in the standings and the Toffees will be desperate to climb into the top ten when they play host to Bournemouth on Sunday.

Bournemouth have lost momentum after a solid start to the season and Eddie Howe’s side will be looking to get something out of this game after playing out a 3-3 draw against Watford in their previous outing.

Everton and Bournemouth played out a thrilling 2-2 draw earlier in the season and both the teams will be keen to enforce a result this time around.

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Marco Silva has no major injuries to contend with and he will be expected to make a few changes to the eleven that played in the FA Cup.

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Manager: Marco Silva

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Predicted XI

1. Jordan Pickford (GK)

The Englishman has made a few bizarre errors but has otherwise been a reliable presence between the sticks this season.

2. Jonjoe Kenny (RB)

The youngster has done reasonably well playing on the right-hand side of the backline and Silva should hand him another start ahead of Seamus Coleman who has been struggling for form.

3. Kurt Zouma (CB)

The Frenchman has been a solid presence at the heart of the defence and he will be expected to start on Sunday.

4. Yerry Mina (CB)

He has looked a bit shaky at times but Silva is likely to give him the nod ahead of Michael Keane for this one.

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5. Lucas Digne (LB)

Leighton Baines started in the FA Cup fixture but the Frenchman has been in terrific form in the Premier League this season.

6. Idrissa Gana Gueye (CDM)

The Senegalese ace has been a key figure in the middle of the park for the Toffees, breaking up the play with crucial tackles and interceptions.

7. Andre Gomes (CDM)

The Barcelona loanee has done a fantastic job in the midfield with his passing and distribution and he will be looking to bounce back from a lacklustre display against Leicester.

8. Bernard (LW)

The diminutive Brazilian will be in high spirits after scoring in the FA Cup.

9. Ademola Lookman (RW)

The youngster will be high on confidence after netting in the FA Cup and Silva should back him with a start in the Premier League.

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10. Gylfi Sigurdsson (CAM)

The Icelandic international is the key playmaker of the team and Everton will need him to be at the top of his game on Sunday.

11. Richarlison (ST)

The Brazilian has spearheaded the attack very well this season and he will be expected to rise to the occasion on Sunday.

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Tottenham signing this £20m PL powerhouse would be an excellent move by Pochettino to boost defensive depth

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Tottenham Opinion: Why Spurs should break the bank to sign Nathan Ake?

According to a report from the Daily Star, Bournemouth star Nathan Ake has attracted interested from Manchester United and Tottenham, while his former club Chelsea are also monitoring his progress.

The Dutchman, 24, left Stamford Bridge to join Bournemouth in a £20m deal at the start of last season. And his rock solid performances at the back this season haven’t gone unnoticed, with Serie A club Napoli apparently tracking the defender since 2018, adds the report.

Ake would be a fantastic addition for the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Napoli but it’s Tottenham that needs the defender the most.

Toby Alderweireld’s future at Tottenham remains in big doubt, with the Daily Mirror claiming Manchester United could swoop for the centre-back in the final two weeks of next summer’s transfer window. Alderweireld has a clause in his current deal which allows him to leave Spurs for £26 million during the final 14 days of the window.

The Belgian would be a huge loss to Mauricio Pochettino’s side but the club will be content to get some money for a player who has just a year to run on his contract and has turned 30 earlier this month. Other than Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen—one of the Premier League’s top defenders—will turn 32 next month that should prompt Pochettino to start looking for the Belgium international’s replacement.

Pochettino has two young, promising centre-backs in Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth in his ranks. Sanchez hasn’t been at his best in his second season at Tottenham, while Foyth is yet to fully adapt to the Premier League. That should be enough for the Argentine tactician to add a defender to his squad after not spending a single penny in the past two transfer windows.

Classy on the ball and strong in the air, Ake could be the solution to Tottenham’s potential defensive conundrum. The dreadlocked hair Dutchman has established himself as one of the Premier League’s top defenders under the astute Eddie Howe. He is the sort of modern-day defender that Pochettino would love to have in his squad.

Ake commands possession, tackles well and rarely panics in pressure situations. The 24-year-old has a decent turn of pace and is also comfortable playing at left-back, something which adds more value to his name. The Netherlands international is also a threat in the opposition box, owing to his strength in the air and heading ability.

Verdict

Signing Ake, as tempting as it may look, will not be cheap for Tottenham, especially with the defender having a contract at the Vitality Stadium until the summer of 2022.

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But Tottenham have to show ambition and break the bank for the former Chelsea defender to compete realistically for the title next season. Ake’s quality and Premier League experience speaks for itself and with the Dutchman being only 24 years old, any investment on him will be worth every penny.

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Bournemouth will not regret signing this 9-time capped international ace to solve goalkeeping woes – Agreed?

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Bournemouth Opinion: Cherries should move for Jack Butland this summer

According to Sky Sports, Bournemouth have joined the race to sign Jack Butland from Stoke City in the summer, with manager Eddie Howe keen to bolster his options between the sticks.

Butland has been in impressive form for the Potters in the Championship this season and has managed 14 clean sheets from 38 appearances.

A youth product of Birmingham City, Butland spent time on loan at Cheltenham Town before being snapped up by Stoke in 2013. The Englishman enjoyed fruitful loan spells at Leeds United and Derby County before establishing himself as Stoke’s No.1 between the sticks.

He hasn’t looked back since then and has taken his career to greater heights, earning 37 clean sheets in 124 appearances across all competitions.

A regular for England at all youth levels, Butland has also won 9 caps at the senior international level and represented the Three Lions at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

However, with Stoke looking set for another season in the Championship, Butland might eye an exit in the summer to join a Premier League club.

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Meanwhile, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has preferred the 39-year-old Artur Boruc between the sticks in the Premier League since the turn of the year.

Asmir Begovic started off as the No.1 following an impressive season last time around but the former Chelsea man has been relegated to bench duty since January. Towards the end of the January transfer window, the Sun claimed that Begovic was not in Howe’s plans for a first-team spot and the Cherries were willing to listen to offers for the 31-year-old.

Boruc has done a decent job between the sticks but Bournemouth’s interest in Jack Butland definitely makes a lot of sense. The 26-year-old is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the country and the Cherries would strike gold by getting their hands on the coveted shot-stopper.

Standing at 6ft. 5 inches, Butland has just the ideal height for a goalkeeper, with his long arms giving him a good reach to keep out shots from all ranges.

The Englishman boasts of razor-sharp reflexes and excels with his composure in one-on-one situations, whilst his ball handling is also of the highest quality. The 26-year-old communicates well with his defenders and always seems to have things under control inside his penalty area.

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Butland has made a total of 104 saves from 38 appearances in the Championship this term, 52 of which have come from inside the penalty area including 5 from within the six-yard box.

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Bournemouth have enjoyed a decent run this season but they should look to build on it and aim for better things next season. They don’t have the best of defensive records, having conceded 56 goals from 31 games and Butland’s presence between the sticks should help them improve massively.

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Bournemouth’s goalkeeping crisis would be solved if Eddie Howe signs any of these 3 shot-stoppers – Agreed?

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Bournemouth Opinion: 3 ideal replacements for 39-year-old Artur Boruc

Bournemouth were one the Premier League season’s first-half surprise packages as they were able to really shell-shock some of the bigger clubs with the assistance of free-scoring, in-demand striker Callum Wilson.

Other than this, youngster’s have Ryan Fraser, Adam Smith and David Brooks have stepped up to the plate for Eddie Howe’s dynamic side this season. While everything looks in order at the Vitality, closer inspection provided various flaws.

While there are still additions required in both defence and midfield, the most alarming situation is that of the goalkeeper at this club.

The Cherries currently boast two Premier League veterans in Artur Boruc and Asmir Begovic. Reports from The Sun are now linking them with a move for Jack Butland of Stoke City.

While Boruc is 39, Begovic is still only 31. However, neither of them have performed up to the required standard and going into next season, it would be smart on Bournemouth’s part to sign a young goalkeeper who can nail down the starting role at the Vitality.

Here are the three keepers Bournemouth should target who could easily take over as number one at the Vitality:

Jack Butland

The Stoke City goalkeeper has ample experience playing Premier League football and is still only 26-years-old. He has the potential to return to the top-flight and perform at the highest level for many years to come.

Having played regular football in the Championship even this season, the Englishman has notched up 14 clean sheets from his 36 league appearances and also boasts a clean slate in terms of bookings. His composure makes him the ideal candidate to replace Artur Boruc.

Joe Hart

The former English international keeper had a largely unsuccessful spell in Italy when he made the switch to Torino on loan from Manchester City. As it became clear that his time at the Etihad was over, he moved on to Sean Dyche’s Burnley last summer.

The 31-year-old has kept 4 clean sheets from his 19 league appearances this season but his regularity in the squad has been limited due to the stiff competition that he faces from Tom Heaton. He still has many good years ahead of him and Bournemouth could result in Hart’s return to former glory.

Benjamin Lecomte

This Montpellier goalkeeper has been in fine form in Ligue in this season and has really come to the fore over the last few years. A product of the same club as Arsenal star Matteo Guendouzi, the former Lorient man is still only 27-years-old.

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He joined Montpellier in the summer of 2017 and has conceded only 34 goals from his 28 league games this season. Having kept 9 clean sheets along the way as well, Eddie Howe needn’t think twice about making a move for this talented French star.

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