PL PREVIEW: EVERTON V BURNLEY
Clarets face Everton at Goodison Park on Monday night
It's six months to the day since Burnley won 2-1 at Goodison Park with goals from Chris Wood and Dwight McNeil. Dominic Calvert-Lewin pulled a goal back for Everton. For the first time in Burnley's history the Clarets won at both Anfield and Goodison Park in the same season.
Carlo Ancelotti returned to Real Madrid in the summer and Everton turned to former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez. He started his tenure with a 3-1 win over Southampton at Goodison Park on the opening weekend.
In addition to last season’s success, the Clarets also won at Goodison Park in 2017 thanks to Jeff Hendrick’s well executed team goal. However, manager Sean Dyche knows past results mean little come Monday night.
“It reaffirms that you can do well at these grounds but in real terms it is a new game. New manager, new team and we will take it on as the whistle blows.”
The Burnley boss has been happy with the mix of work and rest during the international break.
“The players that are here have had a few down days some have played varying minutes when they have been away. They will come back fit and ready I’m sure about that. We are in good shape. I think, and moulding some of the new players as they get fit as they come and get used to the camp.”
Dyche and Benitez have gone head-to-head previously when the Spaniard was in charge of Newcastle United.
“Rafa likes his organisation and they look an organised side. Generally, a version of 4-4-1-1 or 4-4-2. Flexibility within that because of the players they have got. The players have quality, I don’t think that’s in doubt.”
· Ivory Coast international Maxwel Cornet picked up a dead leg playing for his country in their 2-1 win over Cameroon in a World Cup qualifier in Abidjan on Monday. Hopefully he will be available for selection and may make his Burnley debut
· New signing Connor Roberts is still recovering from summer surgery on his groin.
· Nathan Collins returned home early from international duty. His injury will be assessed in the build-up to Monday’s game.
· Republic of Ireland defender Kevin Long played 60 minutes in the Premier League 2 game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday night on his return from Achilles surgery
· Long-term absentee Dale Stephens remains unavailable through injury
· Seamus Coleman picked up a hamstring injury playing for the Republic of Ireland in their World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan last Saturday. Ben Godfrey is now out of isolation and may deputise if Coleman is unfit
· Fabian Delph will miss the game with a shoulder injury
· Brazilian international Richarlison, who represented Brazil in this summer’s Copa America and Olympic tournaments, is free of FIFA sanctions and looks set to face the Clarets
· Salomon Rondon has joined the Toffees from Chinese Super League side Dalian Professional. He also played for Benítez at Newcastle United. He could make his Everton debut on Monday.
· Burnley picked up their first point of the season with a 1-1 home draw against Leeds United last month
· Burnley's last win in the Premier League came in a crucial 2-0 success at Fulham back in May
· Everton won 2-0 at the Amex Stadium before the international break. Demarai Gray and Dominic Calvert-Lewin got their goals. The Toffees remain unbeaten this season.
Benitez is only the second man to manage both Liverpool and Everton. William Edward Barclay was in charge of both clubs in the 19th century. Of course, Benitez has also managed Newcastle United and Chelsea. He won the Champions League with Liverpool.
Sean Dyche is the longest-serving Premier League manager, Benitez sees himself at Goodison Park for the long haul.
"Why not? It means we will be successful. Everyone will be happy if that is the case. If you stay a long time, it means you are winning trophies - then everyone is happy, the fans, the owner, everyone."
The former Real Madrid manager understands Burnley’s strengths.
"They are a strong team. Physically, very strong. The manager knows the team well and they have a clear way of playing. The strikers are strong, they are good in the air, McNeil has a good left foot and good delivery. But we have confidence and we'll do our best to get the win."
· Burnley skipper Ben Mee is set to make his 200th Premier League appearance at Goodison Park
· Dwight McNeil could make his 100th Premier League appearance on Monday. He would become the youngest Burnley player to play in 100 top-flight games since striker Ray Hankin in 1976
· Aaron Lennon is back at Turf Moor and could face his former club. He made 77 appearances for Everton scoring seven goals
· Former Burnley centre-back Michael Keane is in the home ranks. He made exactly 100 league appearances for the Clarets and was in Sean Dyche’s squad when they won the 2015/16 Championship title
·Only one of the 14 Premier League meetings between Everton and Burnley has finished level - last season’s meeting at Turf Moor ended in a 1-1 draw. Everton have seven wins, Burnley six
· Dominic Calvert-Lewis has scored in Everton’s first three Premier League games. He is looking to become the first Everton player to score in their first four top-flight games in successive seasons.
Referee: Andre Marriner
VAR: Kevin Friend
KO Monday 13th September, 8pm
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