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Big Preview: Everton v Burnley

17 April 2015

All you need to know ahead of the Clarets' trip to Everton.

Everton v Burnley
Goodison Park
18/4/15 (kick-off 3.00pm)

The Clarets head to Goodison Park to face an in-form Everton side that has won three of their last four games, drawing the other.

The Toffees are now in 12th position in the Barclays Premier League table, and their form has dispelled any slight worry about being dragged into the relegation dogfight.

Many outsiders will consider Everton as having underachieved in comparison to an impressive 5th place finish last term.

But Roberto Martinez’ side also had Europa League football to contend with this season, and will be hoping to continue their fine run of form in order to end the season on a high.


The Belgian forward is back in contention for Saturday’s fixture after picking up a hamstring injury last month.

The powerful striker is in his best scoring season in his time in England, scoring 18 times so far this campaign.

Lukaku, still just 21, was Everton’s record signing and cost the Toffees £28 million after impressing during his loan spell from Chelsea in the 2013/14 campaign.

The striker joined Chelsea from Anderlecht in 2011 at the age of just 18 and also spent time at West Bromwich Albion.

Following a few prolific seasons, the big man has become a fan favourite and one of the most feared strikers in the Premier League.

Everton 2-0 Burnley

Everton: Howard, Heitinga, Baines, Neill, Hibbert, Bilyaletdinov (Vaughan 82), Cahill (Neville 61), Fellaini, Pienaar, Osman, Yakubu.
Subs not used: Nash, Duffy, Baxter, Agard, Coleman.

Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Jordan (s/o 62), Duff, Bikey, Eagles, Alexander, Elliott (Blake 85), McDonald, Nugent (Kalvenes 64), Fletcher (Thompson 82).
Subs not used: Guerrero, Edgar, Gudjonsson, Penny.

Attendance: 39,419

Burnley 1-3 Everton

Burnley: Heaton, Shackell, Duff, Ward, Trippier, Kightly (Sordell 84), Jones, Boyd (Chalobah 86), Arfield, Jutkiewicz (Barnes 65), Ings.
Subs not used: Keane, Gilks, Mee, Wallace

Everton: Howard, Baines, Alcaraz, Coleman, Jagielka, Barry, Naismith, McCarthy, Osman (Pienaar 82), Eto’o, Lukaku (Barkley 65)
Subs not used: Robles, Hibbert, Besic, McGeady, Gibson

Attendance: 19,927

Romelu Lukaku remains on course to feature for Everton against Burnley following a hamstring problem picked up at QPR last month. And Leon Osman has not yet been ruled out as he battles a groin problem.

Burnley have no fresh injuries following the returns of Ross Wallace, Steven Reid and Matthew Taylor.

Sean Dyche: “We’ve delivered good performances against some very, very strong sides recently.

“Your hope and demand of the players is to take those performances into games against teams who aren’t flying in the division.

“We want to put all of things we’ve learnt in the season so far into these last six games now.”

Roberto Martinez: "The biggest threat that they carry is they play with a real enthusiasm and enjoyment. They see an opportunity to achieve their aim [of survival]. That's the way they play.

“Sean has shown a real stubborn way of allowing his team to play football, which is a real strength when you are in that position and sometimes don't get results. You could start doubting but they have been really consistent since playing against West Brom.

"That's the most impressive aspect of Sean as a manager - he's had real clarity from the beginning and has allowed his team to go into the final six games with an opportunity to achieve his aim.

"They are going to put in a lot of good performances between now and the end of the season - and we need to be aware of that."

Mike Jones will take charge of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Everton at Goodison Park.

Jones has officiated 28 games so far this season and produced 95 yellow cards and 7 red cards.

The last time Jones refereed a Burnley fixture was back in December 2014, when the Clarets fell to a narrow 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

Just one player was booked on that occasion in the capital, Ben Davies of Tottenham.

Mr Jones will be assisted by Mr M Scholes, Mr R West and fourth official Anthony Taylor.

Saturday 18th April 2015

Crystal Palace v West Brom
Everton v Burnley
Leicester v Swansea
Stoke v Southampton
Chelsea v Man Utd (17:30)

Sunday 19th April 2015

Man City v West Ham (13:30)
Newcastle v Tottenham (16:00)

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