11:30 PM (AEDST) Saturday, March 3 at Turf Moor, Burnley
Round 29 of the English Premier League will get underway this weekend, with the consistent Burnley playing hosts to Everton.
Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward; Gudmundsson, Cork, Defour, Brady; Hendrick, Barnes.
Everton: Pickford; Jagielka, Williams, Keane; Balnes, Schneiderlin, Gana, Martina; Rooney, Ramirez, Calvert-Lewin.
There have been 105 clashes between these two outfits with Everton leading with 45 wins to Burnley’s 32 while 28 games have been drawn. Burnley though won the last encounter earlier this season 1-0.
Burnley have proven to be a tough outfit to defeat so far. They opened with an impressive 3-2 win over defending champions Chelsea before dropping their next game 1-0 to West Brom. They then had a draw with heavyweight side Tottenham, a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace. They then had successive draws against Liverpool and Huddersfield before beating Everton 1-0 and then locked 1 all with West Ham. They suffered their second loss of the year when they went down 3-0 to Manchester City, but bounced back with three straight wins against Newcastle, Southampton and Swansea. Burnley then lost to Arsenal and Leicester either side of a 2-1 win over Bournemouth. They then scored back to back 1-0 wins over Watford and Stoke before being held to a scoreless draw against Brighton. They then lost 3-0 to Spurs before securing back to back draws against Man U and Huddersfield. The new year has seen them winless thus far, losing to Liverpool, Crystal Palace and Manchester United before scoring a 1 all draw with lowly Newcastle last week. They were much improved the following week when they held League Leaders Man City to a 1 all draw. They then went down to a resurgent Swansea outfit 1-0 before scoring a 1 all draw last week with Southampton.
Everton started this season with a 1-0 victory over Stoke before playing out a 1 all draw with heavyweight side Manchester City. They then suffered three straight losses against defending champions Chelsea 2-0 and last seasons runners-up Tottenham 3-0 before going down 4-0 to Manchester United. They then beat Bournemouth 2-1 before going down 1-0 to Burnley. They then had a 1 all draw with Brighton before copping a 5-2 hiding from Arsenal and a 2-0 loss to Leicester. Everton then snuck home against Watford 3-2 and were then held to a 2 all draw with lowly Crystal Palace before dropping their game to Southampton 4-1. They won their next two games against Hammers 4-0 and Huddersfield 2-0. They then managed to hold Liverpool to a 1 all draw before beating Newcastle 1-0. They beat Swansea 3-1 and then had back to back scoreless draws with Chelsea and West Brom before losing three straight matches to Bournemouth 2-1, Man U 2-0 and Spurs 4-0. They drew 1 all with West Brom before finally bagging their first win in over a month when they toppled Leicester 2-1. The joy was short lived as the were belted 5-1 by Arsenal just 3 days later. They then beat Crystal Palace 3-1 before losing 1-0 last week to Watford.
Everton front 3 v Burnley back 5 – Everton’s attack has been more potent than Burnley’s, however the tables are reversed when looking at defensive ability.
Burnley have been more consistent this year and on home soil, will be the slight favourites.