20 July 2024

Everton’s 13 defeats in 19 home games is their worst run of form in the Premier League, including all four at Goodison Park this term; follow Everton vs Bournemouth on Sky Sports’ digital platforms on Saturday; kick-off 3pm; free highlights available from 5.15pm

Since November 2022, Everton’s home form reads like the proverbial sleepy Welsh town: LLLLWWLWDLLLWLLLL.

Last Saturday, newly-promoted Luton provided an unwanted extension to that sequence. It is now 13 defeats in 19 home games – their worst run of form in the Premier League.

Sean Dyche avoided becoming the first manager in top-division history to lose his opening four home games of a season without scoring a goal, but it was hardly a crumb of comfort. He still looked drained, drenched and out of ideas as the seconds ticked away on the touchline.

It is now seven defeats at Goodison from their last eight, 12 from their last 16.

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Luton’s man of the match Alfie Doughty said: “It’s not an easy place to come to but we showed such good character.”

Everton have not scored more than once in any of their last 17 Premier League homes

Palpably, the first part of this statement is false. Goodison Park has gone soft. The Gwladys Street bearpit has lost its growl. At some point next season, the club plan to move into their new home at Bramley Moore Dock.

For 132 seasons, Goodison has been the bedrock of an impassioned community and home to Everton Football Club. In what could prove its final campaign, fans are yet to hear the sound of victory music or dance to ‘It’s a Grand Old Team’ played over the tannoy at full-time.

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