Everton’s ability to press could be the undoing of Bournemouth on Sunday

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Everton’s forwards have enjoyed mixed success this season but Marco Silva shouldn’t make any changes to his frontline ahead of their clash with Bournemouth.

On the chalkboard

The Toffees began the season slowly in front of goal with three goals in three and that subsequently led to the introduction of two new signings, Moise Kean and Alex Iwobi, who have both made a significant impact.

Whilst Kean is still yet to get off the mark for his new club, a goal for Italy U21s in midweek should give him a confidence boost, and a regular run in the team, alongside the likes of Iwobi and Richarlison, will allow him to find his feet.

Effective pressing

One of the main reasons why Everton’s front three should remain the same is due to the pace it possesses. Other than Gylfi Sigurdsson Everton’s attack is very quick, and that could be as crucial off the ball as in possession.

That is because of the pressing style Silva has deployed this season. According to Opta, via Sky Sports, Everton head the Premier League rankings for teams with the most pressing sequences from the four league games so far, and it has produced results.

Against Wolves, Kean and Iwobi combined effectively and their pace was lethal, causing a mistake in the opposition backline that allowed the ball to fall for Richarlison to bundle home, and it could be used as a weapon once again on Sunday.

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Bournemouth are a side who like to play out from the back.

Their main two centre-backs, Nathan Ake and Steve Cook, have averaged 41 and 37 successful passes per game so far this campaign, but if put under pressure it is possible they will be forced into a mistake.

If Kean can get into the right positions he may be able to pounce on an error and break his Everton duck.

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