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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

Kick-off

Friday 8pm


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