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PREVIEW: Burnley v Everton

Tale of the tape as the Clarets welcome Everton on Boxing Day

26 December 2018

The Clarets reach the half-way stage of the Premier League season with the Boxing Day visit of Everton.

And they know they will have to more than double their current points’ tally of 12 to stay in the Premier League.

It’s without doubt a vital stage of the campaign and after a tough December so far, Sean Dyche’s men will be looking to make the most of a run of three home games from their next four fixtures – wrapped around an FA Cup visit from Barnsley.

After Everton, West Ham come to Turf Moor on Sunday before the Clarets face the current bottom two of Huddersfield Town (away) and then Fulham.

Ashley Barnes scored in the 2-1 home win over Everton last season

It’s the Toffees up first and Burnley could be facing them at a good time.

Everton have hit a winless streak and were thumped by a rampant Tottenham on Sunday as Spurs became the first team to score six times at Goodison Park Chelsea in August, 2014.

The Clarets also feel their performances are on an upward curve and they have undoubtedly become more difficult to beat - making life tough for Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal in a testing month.

They now need to add to their cutting edge to improve the goal tally to turn performances into points.

"We can't be pleased with the league position because we have to win games. But there is life in what we are doing," said Dyche.

Form guide

The Clarets have won just once in 11 Premier League games but won last time out at Turf Moor - beating Brighton 1-0 with a James Tarkowski goal.

Everton’s form has dipped in recent weeks, with just one win in seven games and no wins in five.

Defeats to Manchester City and Tottenham mean the 11th-placed Toffees have lost successive Premier League games for the second time this season.

Marco Silva’s side hasn’t won away since 6 October – a 2-1 success at Leicester City giving them their only win away from Goodison Park this season.

Team news

The Clarets could have widemen Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady back after Brady missed the defeat at Arsenal with a calf issue and Gudmundsson has returned to fitness after two games out.

That will give manager Sean Dyche extra attacking options and the chance to vary the formation again, if he chooses.

Midfielder Andre Gomes is a doubt for Everton after picking up a knock against Tottenham.

Idrissa Gana Gueye could return in his place, while central defender Yerry Mina could earn a recall to start alongside ex-Claret Michael Keane.

Opposition camp

Everton manager Marco Silva: “We had the good run – in seven games we lost only to Manchester United – and now it is a bad run.

“We have to face it with work, quality, character and personality to change results for us.

“Burnley is a tough match and we have to be really strong and together as a team

“Each game [in the Premier League] will be tough, we have to be strong and work hard to earn the points we want to achieve our goals this season

“The next game will be a good opportunity to be different for ourselves and our fans."

Match stats

The Clarets have won three of their past four Premier League games against Everton.

Burnley have also won three of the last four Premier League games between the two sides at Turf Moor.

A Burnley win would give the Clarets consecutive league wins over Everton for the first time since September 1959.

Sam Vokes will become the third Burnley player - after Ashley Barnes and Ben Mee - to make 100 Premier League appearances if he figures.

Everton have kept only two clean sheets in 17 away matches going back to December last year.

The Merseysiders need one more goal to become the first club to score 7,000 top-flight goals.


Michael Oliver


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