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PREVIEW: Everton v Burnley

Tale of the tape as the Clarets head to Goodison Park for their final road trip

3 May 2019

The Clarets hit the road for the final time this season when they go to Goodison Park for a bout of Friday night football.

And while revenge isn’t top of the agenda, Sean Dyche’s men will want to show more of their true colours than they did in a 5-1 Boxing Day beating by the Merseysiders at Turf Moor.

That was a ninth defeat in 11 games for Burnley, who found themselves in the bottom three at the half-way point of the season.

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But the heaviest home loss of the campaign also proved a catalyst for the Clarets, who then launched an unbeaten eight-match run to climb out of the bottom three and lay the platform for safety.

Everton went the other way by losing six of their next eight league games before a revival from the end of February lifted them back into the top half of the table.

Marco Silva’s side still has a chance of a finishing seventh to claim a possible place in the Europa League, although it may take maximum points from their final home game against the Clarets and then away to Tottenham to overhaul Wolves, who currently occupy that spot.

However, if Burnley can hold onto 15th place by the end of the season they will secure their second highest Premier League placing.

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And Dyche will send his players out in a positive frame of mind as they look repeat last season’s victory at Goodison.  

“You have to turn up and play well because Everton are in good form and have some key players who can affect the game,” said the Burnley boss.

“They are in a good situation with what they are trying to achieve, and they will want to finish right with it being the last home game.

“We want to take it on as we did the Manchester City game and deliver a performance. We are hoping to not have to defend (as much) and find our way of playing to affect them.”

Team news

Striker Peter Crouch could be back in the Clarets’ squad after five games out following appendix surgery.

New dad Robbie Brady is also available again after missing last Sunday’s defeat to Manchester City due to the birth of his second child.

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Defender Phil Bardsley may also return after missing four games out with a gashed leg, but ex-Everton winger Aaron Lennon is not expected to make his comeback following knee surgery this season.

Everton have centre-back Yerry Mina – who scored the Toffees’ opening goal in their 5-1 win at Turf Moor on Boxing Day – back in their squad after missing five club games with a hamstring injury sustained on international duty with Colombia.

On-loan Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes is absent as he completes a three-match ban.

Form guide

The Clarets’ Premier League safety was assured before last Sunday’s 1-0 loss at home to Manchester City – their first defeat in five games.

Burnley are unbeaten in back-to-back away games at Bournemouth and Chelsea.

Ninth-placed Everton have won four and drawn one of their last six games and are unbeaten in four games at Goodison Park – taking 10 points from four games against Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United without conceding a goal.

Opposition camp

Everton manager Marco Silva: “It is always a very good feeling for us to play at home, with our fans. We have changed the results and performances in the past home games.

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“It is what we have to do on Friday again. It is very important for us to finish with a good win and a good performance.

“We achieved an important win and a good result that day (at Burnley on Boxing Day). We were clinical and controlled parts of the game where they are strong.

“Now it is a different game. It is always a tough team to play against and it will be tough again tomorrow.

“We have to do our obligation, which is keep playing the way we have in the past two months and keep doing the right things to achieve a good result.”

Match stats

The Clarets have won three of their last five top-flight games against Everton.

Only Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United have accrued more than the 28 points Burnley have taken in the period since the Clarets lost to Everton on Boxing Day.

Only three teams have kept more than Everton's 13 clean sheets this season.

The Clarets' only previous Friday game in the Premier League was a Boxing day fixture against Liverpool in 2014.

Burnley have played at Goodison Park on a Friday night before - the evening prior to the Grand National in April, 1975.

Referee

Chris Kavanagh

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REPORT: Everton 2 Burnley 0

Early goals and failed penalty shout prove costly as Clarets' bid falls short

3 May 2019

The Clarets were unable to avenge their Boxing Day defeat to Everton, but this time didn’t go down without a fight as they wound up their campaign on the road.

The 5-1 loss to the Toffees at Turf Moor proved the turning point in Burnley’s season as they dusted themselves down to launch an unbeaten eight-game run which propelled them out of the bottom three and towards Premier League safety.

The outcome at Goodison Park was ultimately the same as Everton made it four successive home wins to keep alive their hopes of finishing seventh and potentially following the Clarets’ route into the Europa League.

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But despite conceding two early goals, there was to be no collapse this time as Sean Dyche’s men rallied and dominated most of the second half.

Critically, though, they were denied a blatant-looking penalty for a shove on substitute Matej Vydra and ultimately a slow start cost them dearly as the Merseysiders hung on to sign off in front of their own fans on a high.

With top-flight status already assured and a big effort behind them, there were fresh legs introduced in two changes to the Clarets’ starting line-up as Dyche swapped both his wide men.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson replaced Jeff Hendrick for his first start since mid-March, while Dwight McNeil was given a breather following his monumental contribution since coming into the side following the Christmas set-back against Marco Silva's men.

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That meant a first league start since mid-December for Robbie Brady, but for the first 20 minutes the wingers spent most of their time on the retreat as Everton made a flying start capped by the two goals which put them in control.

The first, claimed by Richarlison, took a deflection off Ben Mee as the Brazilian’s shot was diverted just inside the post by the Clarets’ defender, who continued his storming end to the campaign with another sublime performance.

And the second then came from a swerving strike through a crowd of players from outside the box which Tom Heaton could only parry for Everton captain Seamus Coleman to follow up and nod home.

The Clarets had been three down after 22 minutes of the reverse meeting and with Everton in rampant home form there was a fear that more could follow here before the break.

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But, to their credit, Burnley steadied the ship and while reducing the threat at one end had a chance to reduce the arrears at the other.

Ashley Westwood, who did his best to cajole the visitors back into the game, lifted a free-kick into the penalty area which Brady met with a header he guided just the wrong side of the post.

There still needed to be more from the Clarets, though, and Gudmundsson - seizing his chance in impressive style - almost laid on another opportunity for Brady with a low cross cut out by Morgan Schneiderlin in an upbeat start to the second half.

With the momentum going increasingly the Clarets’ way, Jack Cork then headed into the path of Chris Wood, whose shot lacked the venom to trouble England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

And when Brady swung in a magnificent cross, Ashley Barnes and then Gudmundsson were just unable to get a decisive touch when a goal would have had the visitors right back in the hunt.

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Dyche sent on McNeil and Vydra to try and maintain the initiative and within minutes Vydra should have been given a penalty.

His flick over Michael Keane had the former Clarets’ defender in trouble and as Vydra chased the ball into the box, Keane pushed him to the ground in front of a watching assistant referee.

With Everton not conceding in their previous four home games they weren’t likely to offer up many more chances.

And the failure to add to the only two penalties the Clarets have been awarded since getting a spot-kick at Everton in April, 2017 seemed to drain some of the energy and belief from the Clarets.

Everton almost added a third when substitute Ademola Lookman skimmed the bar late on, but with Mee and defensive ally James Tarkowski invariably in the right place at the right time to alleviate the danger it was only the hosts' opening salvo that proved the difference.

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Everton: Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Digne; Schneiderlin, Gueye; Richarlison (Walcott 49), Sigurdsson (Jagielka 90), Bernard (Lookman 73); Calvert-Lewin. Substitutes: Stekelenburg, Baines, Tosun, Davies.

Booked: None

Burnley: Heaton; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Gudmundsson (McNeil 68), Westwood, Cork, Brady (Hendrick 80); Barnes (Vydra 72), Wood. Substitutes: Hart, Gibson, Crouch, Long.

Booked: Westwood, Tarkowski.

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Attendance: 39,303

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