The Premier League have dealt Marco Silva a piece of potentially positive news, after they announced that Paul Tierney will referee Everton’s trip to Bournemouth on Sunday.
Everton go into the encounter at the Vitality Stadium without an away win over the Cherries since eliminating the South Coast side from the FA Cup in February 2016 (11v11).
Everton have met Bournemouth 12 times across all competitions throughout both side’s history, but have only taken the spoils on the South Coast once since the Cherries were promoted into the top-flight for the first-time in their history back in 2015.
Since then, the Toffees have been held to two draws and succumbed to two defeats away to Bournemouth, with the Cherries carrying the home momentum into this weekend’s encounter as they are unbeaten in the last three meetings at the Vitality Stadium.
Bournemouth have not enjoyed a strong start to the latest Premier League season, though, with Eddie Howe’s men currently 15th in the table after winning one of their opening four games, in which they have conceded eight goals.
In more bad news for Bournemouth, they lost their only game with Tierney in charge last season (TransferMarkt), when Manchester United secured a 2-1 win thanks to a stoppage-time winner by Marcus Rashford that left former Red Devils head coach Jose Mourinho feeling like the “luckiest manger in the Premier League” (BBC).
Everton, on the other hand, have won all bar two of their games when Tierney has been in control of proceedings, including taking three points off Manchester United in April when the Blues ran out 4-0 victors at Goodison Park.
Tierney is yet to officiate either side this season, with the Premier League only calling on the 38-year-old twice thus far, when he ran the rule over Crystal Palace’s 2-1 win at Manchester United and West Ham’s victory over Norwich.
From those two games, he has issued nine cautions and one penalty, which is the highest yellow cards per game ratio of any top-flight official while also boasting the third-most fouls per game, according to data collected by WhoScored.
Everton seeing that Tierney will officiate their trip to Bournemouth should spark some optimism at Finch Farm that the Toffees will be able to take their first win at the Vitality Stadium since 2016, given their record with the Wigan-born official in charge.
The Blues also have the form going into the clash with two wins in their last three league games, which places the Merseyside outfit sixth in the table on goal difference.
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