Bournemouth are barely still alive in the relegation battle entering the final day of the Premier League season.
Everton host the Cherries, without anything to play for themselves, though Carlo Ancelotti is preparing for what he describes as an “evolution” this summer.
Eddie Howe’s side know the equation right now: win and hope results elsewhere go their way.
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They require Watford to lose at Arsenal and Aston Villa to lose at West Ham, while those results will ensure their goal difference is superior to both of their rivals.
Here are the predicted line-ups and team news for the game at Goodison Park.
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When is it and what time is kick-off?
The match will begin at 4pm on Sunday 26 July at Goodison Park.
How can I watch it online and on TV?
The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Golf – yes, really, despite the channel’s name, Sky Sports have simply run out of channels to put all the games on. Coverage starts at 3pm.
If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.
What is the team news?
Yerry Mina (thigh), Jean-Philippe Gbamin (knee), Fabian Delph (muscle) and Mason Holgate (shin) are all out, so it’s a chance for youngster Jarrad Branthwaite to gain some valuable experience. Moise Kean “can start” after overcoming a knock.
Nathan Ake (groin) is a doubt but will be assessed before kick-off. Adam Smith (concussion) is primed to return.
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Everton XI: Pickford, Sidibe, Keane, Branthwaite, Digne, Gomes, Davies, Walcott, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Kean
Bournemouth XI: Ramsdale, Stacey, Cook, Kelly, Rico, Brooks, Lerma, Billing, Stanislas, Wilson C., King
What are the odds?
Bournemouth simply have to believe they can still survive, but that belief may also hinder them, eventually, from grabbing three points on the way back to the Championship. With Eddie Howe’s side looking to win the game, it’s hard to see the Cherries coming out super fast and risking much until news filters through about how Aston Villa and Watford are getting on. While both of their relegation rivals could lose, it feels probable that one won’t and once it becomes clear that survival is not possible anymore, I can see this game fizzling out with the sides level. 1-1.
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