How much of a concern is Everton’s away form?
Everton slumped to a 3-1 defeat at Bournemouth on Sunday and there are fears their away form will again scupper their top six chances.
Following another summer of heavy investment at Goodson Park, expectations are again high among the Toffees supporters, who are hoping this will be the season they can book their return to European football.
However, unless they can solve their issues when on the road, the chances of that look highly unlikely.
Competition for the Europa League places is fierce, and this season the likes of Leicester City and West Ham United have set their stall out to get their just like Wolves did in the last campaign.
It is still very early days of course, but the Foxes currently sit in fifth place, while the Hammers could jump up to third with victory at Aston Villa this evening.
That is something that Everton failed to do. The Toffees slipped to defeat at Villa, who have not won since, and suffered more travel sickness on the south coast yesterday.
It is something that Everton have to fix. They cannot rely solely on their home form if they are to have a good season and it would appear that boss Marco Silva is well aware of the issue.
Speaking after the defeat at the Vitality Stadium he said everything will be done to try and put it right. It could be argued that luck deserted Everton yesterday, but they have now gone six away games without a win, so it cannot just be about luck.
Things could have turned out different. Richarlison hit the crossbar while Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale saved efforts from Calvert-Lewin, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Alex Iwobi with the score at 1-1.
But is the manner in which Everton responded to Bourenmouth going in front that will concern Silva the most. They didn’t. The manager admitted confidence dropped immediately and they could not fight their way back into the game.
A different mindset and approach is needed away from home, where the away team have to dig in and scrap out a result when things are not always going in their favour. Silva says they need to be more solid and that is what he will be drilling into his players when they hit the road next.
💬 | Marco Silva on a frustrating afternoon.
All the focus on Saturday now 🔵🔵🔵
— Everton (@Everton) September 15, 2019
That will be an EFL Cup clash against Sheffield Wednesday, which will be far from easy and a good test. Before then home comforts return with back-to-back clashes with first Sheffield United and then Manchester City.
But curing the away day blues is going to be crucial to Everton’s season and possibly Silva’s own future.