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PREVIEW: Burnley v Everton

All the build-up as the in-form Clarets return to Turf Moor to take on the Toffees

5 October 2019

The Clarets return to Turf Moor looking to extend their unbeaten run and gate-crash the Premier League top 10.

It’s early days after just seven games of the season so far.

But Burnley are looking for a third home win against an Everton side which is yet to register a league victory away from Goodison Park.

Avoiding defeat for a fourth successive game will guarantee the Clarets double-figures in points going into the second international break.

And following up a comfortable 2-0 win over Norwich City on home ground a fortnight ago with another victory could lift Sean Dyche’s men right into the ‘best of the rest’ chasing the big guns at the top end of the table.

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“You want to give another good performance,” said the Burnley boss, whose side twice came from behind to earn a battling draw at Aston Villa last weekend.

“There have been three solid performances with some good points on the board and we want to go again.

“We want to take on another home game at Turf. We like that, of course, in front of our own fans. We want to take the game on, without doubt.

“We will have to perform well to take what we want – because home and away it’s just not easy. We respect everyone, but when the whistle goes, we will be ready.”

Team news

Jack Cork is set to miss just his second Premier League game for the Clarets after suffering a minor fracture to a shoulder blade in last Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Aston Villa.

Midfield colleague Danny Drinkwater is not yet ready to feature.

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Everton could have midfielder Andre Gomes (above) back after the former Barcelona man missed four games with a rib injury.

And forward Theo Walcott has been passed fit to play after suffering concussion in the Toffees’ 3-1 defeat to Manchester City last Saturday.

Form guide

The Clarets are unbeaten in three games since the last international break and beat Norwich City 2-0 last time out at Turf Moor.

Everton have lost their last three Premier League games – wrapped around a League Cup win at Sheffield Wednesday.

They haven’t lost four in a row in the Premier League since January, 2015.

The Toffees have taken just one point away from home so far and sit 15th in the table.

Opposition camp

Everton manager Marco Silva:

“It will be a tough game. Not just for Everton, it is tough for everyone to play there.

“Sean Dyche is doing very good work. They are a very physical team. They want always to challenge the opponents, normally with two strong strikers.

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“It is a game we must always be switched on, from the first minute. They play a direct game, with strong second balls, and we have to answer that.

“And after, when we have the ball, to show quality and create problems for them and find the right moments to attack them.

“We have to show that desire when we have the ball to create chances to win.”

Match stats

The two sides have yet to draw in the Premier League in 10 previous games. Everton have six wins to Burnley’s four.

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Chris Wood is looking to score for the third Premier League game in a row. The last time the Clarets’ striker kicked off such a run – in March, 2018 – he did so with a goal against Everton.

The Clarets have hit the woodwork five times so far this season – the most in the division.

Burnley have scored in every one of their last 21 top-flight games against the Toffees in a run stretching back to 1958.

Everton have won 12 of their last 60 away games in the Premier League.

The Merseysiders have failed to win all 19 league games in which they have conceded first under Marco Silva.

Referee

Graham Scott

VAR

Kevin Friend

Kick-off

Saturday, 3pm


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