A victory in the FA Cup last weekend might be what Everton need to get back on track within the Premier League.
The Toffees look to avoid a third straight league defeat when they return to top-flight action Sunday against Bournemouth at Goodison Park.
Everton (7-6-8) are mired in a dismal 1-2-5 Premier League stretch that has them just outside of the top-half of the table heading into this weekend's matches. The Toffees also have been blanked in their last two league contests, both by 1-0 scorelines, after a 5-1 rout of Burnley on Boxing Day.
The good news for Everton, though, is that they somewhat found their scoring touch during a 2-1 victory over Lincoln City in FA Cup action last Saturday. Whilst the triumph did not come within the confines of the Premier League, it's a positive moment all the same and offers some momentum for the Toffees to potentially carry into this match.
"Winning matches is the best way to win confidence and to start playing at our best level," manager Marco Silva told Everton's official website. "The best way to show (our quality) is by the results and the wins. We achieved the main thing against Lincoln and we have to work strongly again to achieve a good result in the next match."
The last time Everton did win back-to-back matches over all competitions came within the Premier League on Oct. 6 and again Oct. 21.
"We want our players playing with the same confidence - because I know when we play with confidence, we will be better, for sure, and show our quality again," Silva added.
The Toffees played Bournemouth (8-3-10) to a 2-2 draw at the Vitality Stadium on Aug. 25. Though Everton earned a point from the affair, it was a frustrating contest considering they led 2-0 well into the second half thanks to goals from Theo Walcott and Michael Keane. However, Bournemouth responded with goals from Joshua King and Nathan Ake over a four-minute stretch to equalise.
The Cherries sit 12th in the table, one spot behind Everton whilst sharing the same 27 points.
Bournemouth continue to find themselves mired in their own rut that's lasted two months. They began the season 9-2-2 over all competitions but are 2-1-10 since then. But they did manage a point with a 3-3 draw against Watford on Jan. 2 in their most recent Premier League game.
However, the Cherries fell 3-1 to Brighton & Hove Albion in FA Cup play last weekend.
"It follows the pattern of recent weeks where for half an hour I thought we were the better team but didn't break them down well enough," manager Eddie Howe told Bournemouth's official website of their most recent defeat.
"We haven't been clinical at one end and we've been easy to score against at the other, so that needs to change."
In transfer news, Bournemouth picked up Nathaniel Clyne and Dominic Solanke from Liverpool, whilst losing veteran Jermain Defoe in a move to Rangers of the Scottish Premiership.
Updated January 11, 2019