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Burnley welcomes Everton to Turf Moor at the early start on Saturday afternoon, where a win would be enough to knock them out of the relegation zone while other games are played.
It’s been a disastrous start to the season for Sean Dyche’s team, who have managed just one win in their first nine games, drawing twice and losing six. Burnley has proven to be a typically tough team that is tough to beat in previous seasons, but has yet to find its groove and seems ready to flirt with the relegation zone more than ever this year.
Everton’s fiery form has cooled after an incredible start to the season that saw them win four of their opening five league games. They’ve won just one of their last three, but they’ll see a trip to Burnley as an opportunity to get over what feels like a bump in the road.
Both parties need victory, but for completely different reasons; Burnley can use three big points against Everton as a catalyst to finally start his season, while if the Toffees fail to win he could send them down a slippery slope and undo an incredible start.
Here it is 90minPreview of the game.
When is the Kick Off? Saturday December 5
What time is the start? 12:30 (GMT)
Where do you play? Turf Moor
TV channel / Live broadcast? BT Sport 1 (UK)
Referee? Anthony Taylor
The hosts suffered an injury at the beginning of the season, which has undoubtedly influenced their slow start. Goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell was drafted against Manchester City last week, but the Clarets are hopeful Nick Pope will be available again after missing out with a concussion.
Phil Bardsley, Josh Brownhill, Robbie Brady and Dale Stephens were also absent from the Etihad, although the top two are about to return to the side.
Experienced midfielder Jack Cork is also out for Burnley, but winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson is making progress and could appear.
For the visitors, long-term absentee Lucas Digne remains out and it will be a big mistake to break a low block side. Seamus Coleman also remains a doubt, while Jean-Philippe Gbamin is expected to return later this month.
Otherwise, Everton have a fully fit team to choose from.
Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Westwood, Benson, McNeil; Rodriguez, Barnes.
Everton: Pickford; Godfrey, Keane, Mina; Delph, Doucoure, Allan, Iwobi; Rodríguez, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.
Burnley pulled off a win against Crystal Palace in late November, but all the momentum from those three points was nullified with his dreaded annual visit to Etihad Stadium.
They lost 5-0 last weekend to add another to their growing list of massive losses away from City, and they have little inspiration to draw on with a depleted squad and their last victory before the Palace game is in September.
However, Everton were completely outscored by Leeds last weekend. While the 1-0 score is not a terrible read, Carlo Ancelotti’s men were completely off the beat and never seemed capable of bringing down the newly promoted team.
There’s a hangover from the positive start to the season that appears to be weighing on the Toffees, who also fell in a 3-1 home loss to Manchester United last month and could have easily lost points to Fulham, despite a double from Dominic Calvert-Lewin. .
Here’s how each side has fared in their last five games.
Manchester City 5-0 Burnley (11/28)
Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace (11/23)
Brighton 0-0 Burnley (06/11)
Burnley 0-3 Chelsea (10/31)
Burnley Tottenham 0-1 (26/10)
Everton 0-1 Leeds (11/28)
Fulham 2-3 Everton (11/22)
Everton 1-3 Manchester United (7/11)
Newcastle 2-1 Everton (1/11)
Southampton 2-0 Everton (10/25)
It’s hard to call a winner considering the magic surrounding the early start in Saturday’s Premier League match schedule, but the visitors must be the favorites.
Burnley will feel this is Everton on the ropes and their best shot at snatching three points, but the Toffees will also be aware that playing Burnley right now is the perfect way to get over a drop in form and kick one more time.
Ultimately, Ancelotti has the biggest and best squad and will be able to manage the game more effectively, enduring three tough points.
Prediction: Burnley 0-1 Everton