Burnley vs Everton

Friday 21 October 2016  46 Comments  [Jump to last]
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With last weekend's draw at Manchester City having lifted optimism again following the disappointments against Bournemouth and Crystal Palace, Everton travel to Burnley looking to further their case for European qualification in Ronald Koeman's first season in charge.

The Blues have gone three Premier League games without a win but remain well-placed four points off the top ahead of the trip to Turf Moor where expectation will be high that they can pick up three points that would put them back in the mix among the front-runners.

Leighton Baines is set to miss out again with a hamstring strain after feeling the effects from a behind-closed-doors friendly and might not be back in contention until next month. Assuming Koeman doesn't alter his formation to a back three, that should see Bryan Oviedo continuing at left back in an unchanged back four.

It's midfield where there might be at least one change, with the manager hinting in his pre-match press conference that Ross Barkley could be recalled after missing out against City. In that instance, Gerard Deulofeu or Tom Cleverley are the likelier candidates to make way. Aaron Lennon, meanwhile, is fit again but is unlikely to feature in the starting XI.

Burnley are an unpredictable side and have been a bit of a mixed bag at home so far this season, losing to Swansea and Arsenal but beating Liverpool and Watford handily. They were beaten soundly at Southampton last weekend, with a consolation penalty giving the 3-1 scoreline a more respectable air than would have been the case had the Saints held on to a three-goal advantage.

Sean Dyche's side can be physical and uncompromising when they're in the mood, though, and in Tom Heaton they have a highly-regarded goalkeeper who is starting to attract more attention from bigger clubs. They will be without experienced Belgian midfielder Stefan Defour, though, after he suffered a hamstring injury last weekend which will weaken their potency in midfield.

On paper, Everton should be too strong for the Clarets but the onus will be on them to prove their worth as top-four contenders by following up the draw at the Etihad with victory.

Kick-off: 3pm
Referee: Mike Jones
Last time: Burnley 1 - 3 Everton

Predicted line-up: Stekelenburg, Coleman, Jagielka, Williams, Oviedo, Barry, Gueye, Cleverley, Barkley, Bolasie, Lukaku

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Damian Wilde
1 Posted 21/10/2016 at 22:13:58
I'm going to be in Wilmington, North Carolina.Does anybody know any bars that might show the game?
James Flynn
2 Posted 21/10/2016 at 22:30:56
Damian - Call (910) 343-8342. It's the Dubliner in Wilmington.

Good luck.

Tom Bowers
3 Posted 21/10/2016 at 22:39:44
Every Premier League game can be difficult. Most teams can beat most other teams on any given day so Everton will have to be at their best to beat Burnley who proved they can be tough in defence when surprising Liverpool.

Everton are due to win again which doesn't mean they will but, after the strong outing at the Etihad, we all hope better times are ahead.

Joe O'Brien
4 Posted 21/10/2016 at 22:58:07
Exactly, Tom – every match is tough, especially the away fixtures. A must-win match – otherwise, last week's hard-fought point will be worthless. I predict 2-1 to the blues. Going down one goal and coming back to beat them with two from our big man up front. COYB
Chris Gould
5 Posted 21/10/2016 at 23:04:24
Lyndon, the lifted optimism wasn't overwhelming here on ToffeeWeb after the City match. Personally, I was very happy with the result and our confidence should be high going into this game.

Maybe some folk can stop saying we've had an easy start as a quarter of our games have come against teams in the top 3 – and we didn't lose either of those matches. In fact, half of our matches have been against opposition currently in the top half of the table. So it's a fair run of games, and we're just 4 points off top place.

There are obvious weak points in the team, and we aren't likely to play the top teams off the park, but if we can continue to be hard to beat, then we'll be challenging top 6 come Christmas. Hopefully then we'll add some much needed quality in January.

Damian Wilde
6 Posted 22/10/2016 at 00:20:16
James, thanks, I'll give them a ring :)
Stephen Ashton
8 Posted 22/10/2016 at 01:29:20
Damien, if it's not on at the Dubliner, the encouragingly named Blue Post usually has most of the matches on.
Laurie Hartley
9 Posted 22/10/2016 at 01:49:45
Lyndon – I think Koeman might well go 3 at the back for this one – but I think Oviedo will retain his spot:

Holgate, Jagielka, Williams;
Coleman, Gueye, Barkley, Barry, Oviedo;
Bolasie, Lukaku, Mirallas.

Cleverley and Deulofeu back to the bench but I think Deulofeu will come on in the second half.

I watched Burnley beat the other lot. They defended really well and were good on the break. A well disciplined side from what I saw that deserved their victory.

This will be no walk in the park but I think we have the players to break them down.

Mick Davies
10 Posted 22/10/2016 at 01:59:03
I'd bring McCarthy in for this one; it's going to be tough and physical – not the type of game to reintroduce Ross, especially when the spotlight will be firmly on his performance.
Danny O'Neill
11 Posted 22/10/2016 at 02:19:07

In the context of a season that lasts until May, how is a "hard fought point" at title favourites Manchester City "worthless" if we don't win a "must win game" at Burnley in erm October?

A point away to City is a good point regardless of when it comes in the season.

Yes, I would expect us to beat Burnley, but if we don't, then it's not the same as Wimbledon 1994. That constitutes must win.

No disrespect mate, I just dislike the Sky -influenced "season is decided in September / October" mentality. In my unfortunately experienced opinion, take no notice of league or results (less extreme cases) until after Christmas. That's when you get a feel for where you really are.

Victor Jones
12 Posted 22/10/2016 at 02:20:30
That's 12 players, Laurie.
Paul Kossoff
13 Posted 22/10/2016 at 03:10:19
If we play like we did against City, we will lose. You won't get that lucky two games on the trot, we should have been beaten out of sight against City if they had been wearing their shooting boots.

I hope Koeman doesn't play negative (as in defensive) against Burnley, and plays an attacking formation. If we are to get a top-seven finish, then you have to go for the win against sides like Burnley.

Phil Sammon
14 Posted 22/10/2016 at 03:33:57
'Take no notice of league or results (less extreme cases) until after Christmas'

'A point away to City is a good point regardless of when it comes in the season.'

Hmm, you may dislike the way Sky drum up the football season to suit their own agenda... but it seems your own views are equally baffling.

How about we just take the point we won last week and try to add to it this week?

Danny O'Neill
15 Posted 22/10/2016 at 03:39:38
Don't get your point as to why my views are baffling Phil; they're views. Rather than just quote me please expand on what you think that.

I meant that a point against Man City is a good point regardless of when it comes in the season (in response to an earlier gloomy perspective on the result). And from personal (years) of experience, the league never settles down until December / January time. Didn't mean to baffle you, just my opinion.

Paul, get your point but don't think we'll have to play against many teams like Man City this season!!

Peter Barry
16 Posted 22/10/2016 at 04:02:51
A draw against a visibly faltering Man City was not as impressive as it would have been a week or so earlier but was a decent enough result nonetheless. However, winning at clubs like Burnley is essential if Everton are to achieve anything this season. This not the Man City game; it will be a true measure of what we really are.
Danny O'Neill
17 Posted 22/10/2016 at 04:31:00
My word. A faltering Man City. A true measure of where we are. It's October. Under Moyes in general, we never not going until Jaunary and often were sitting 14th-ish until then before finishing 7th or higher.
Anthony Jones
18 Posted 22/10/2016 at 05:27:13
Man City hammered us. The score did not reflect the game. It was a lucky point rather than a good one.

With Farhad has come new rhetoric and renewed optimism. The City game was useful in showing where we need to improve (pretty much in every department). The squad will be added to, and future games with City will be less one-sided.

Laurie Hartley
19 Posted 22/10/2016 at 05:43:38
Victor (#12) – Ouch! – that's what happens when I try to shoehorn Ross into the side. Perhaps also Koeman's biggest conundrum for this week?

It's a glaring problem that we have, that has been discussed ad infinitum on here – where does the creativity in midfield come from?

Back to the armchair (meekly)....

Damian Wilde
20 Posted 22/10/2016 at 05:45:53
Stephen, thanks. Someone mentioned the Blue Post to me tonight and 'The Harp' so hopefully I will find somewhere! I'm in the US on a three-week holiday tour, this is my last stop. Timed it so I didn't miss any home games... :D

We need to be winning this if we want to try and be in the mix. And after recent dropped points (apart from the excellent point against Man City), we need a nice 3 points to get some momentum back on track.

Burnley are decent at home though, so it will be tough. But let's get at them! COYB.

Darren Hind
21 Posted 22/10/2016 at 05:53:05
"A visibly faltering City"? That's just unfair. City were swarming like bees last week. They came at us from all angles, their movement was a joy to watch (at least it would have been if it was against somebody else).

Credit where it's due; three of our back four were struggling to live with them, but we dug in, we showed the sort of resolve we have been screaming for for two years. This is clearly where Koeman has began the rebuild... and rightly so.

When Lukaku found himself one on one with Clichy, he made sure it stayed that way, by driving right at him he made sure the chasing defenders could not recover, he went by Clichy as if he wasn't there. He needs to keep doing that. I hope Bolasie, Deulofeu and Mirallas were all paying attention. We have got to stop fucking about with it when the counter punch is on.

We are not equipped for the slow patient build-up. The four players mentioned (plus Barkley for that matter) were born to counter-punch. This Burnley side will take a few scalps up there this season, It would be foolish to not afford them the respect they deserve.

Same collective resolve as last week please but, when it breaks for us, let's drive like we mean it.

Gareth Clark
22 Posted 22/10/2016 at 07:35:59
I'd also like to see three / five at the back. With Coleman and Oviedo bombing on the whole game.

With Barkley having the freedom of the attacking third.

While Lukaku and Bolasie up front, their moment will be good, and can both move wide or come centrally.

Also Koeman can easily change the formation to 4 at the back, by taking out either Funes Mori or Oviedo.

Coleman, Williams, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Oviedo;
Gueye, Barry;
Lukaku, Bolasie.

Subs: Robles, Holgate, McCarthy, Cleverley, Deulofeu, Mirallas, Valencia.

Robert Workman
23 Posted 22/10/2016 at 08:39:47
My first Everton away game since 1970s (not counting pre-season friendly against Austria Vienna).

I will be attending with an old schoolfriend – the only person in our year at Wallasey Grammar School who did not support Everton or the Red Shite. He had no Burnley connections, but just liked the style of play of Ray Pointer and that skillful Burnley team of the early 1960s. Okay, maybe he just wanted to be different!

I have been advised not to wear my Everton scarf, as I'll likely to be ejected from the stand! I do not expect many goals, but am sure if we score 2 we will win.

Looking forward to West Ham next Sunday to complete my short North West tour with Everton double!

Peter Murray
24 Posted 22/10/2016 at 08:44:08
2-1 to us. Jags to make amends for last week by scoring a near post header from a corner. Ross to score directly from a free kick.
Joe O'Brien
25 Posted 22/10/2016 at 08:47:44
Danny, maybe 'worthless' is the wrong word because it's still worth a point. A point against that Man City team at their place was hard-fought and I'd take it all day, but my point was we need to follow that up with 3 points today. It's surely the easier match of the two.

It's a long season, I know we're only in October, but we all know that the margins will be tight next May and without doubt we'll look back at past results. A point away at Man City is great; not many teams will get that, but if we want a European spot, we need to be picking up 6 points against teams like Burnley... that's why it's a must-win match.

David Greenwood
26 Posted 22/10/2016 at 09:09:52
I'm confused.

Did Man City hammer us? Or were they visibly faltering? Depends on the point you are trying to make I suppose.

Every team in the league would be delighted to go to City and get a point. By all accounts, City played well against Barca yet lost 4-0. >What would you rather do – play well and get no points, or play not so well and get a point? You can play well without the ball and I thought we did, thoroughly deserved the point.

Anyway, I'm expecting a win today 3-1. And I don't care how we play. I want a win and I can almost guarantee that every Blue at Turf Moor today would take a win over a performance. Both would be nice but ultimately is about winning. Three points please.

Geoff Evans
27 Posted 22/10/2016 at 09:25:07
Two-nil win. Lukaku and Bolasie.
Paul Conway
28 Posted 22/10/2016 at 09:41:56
I watched Oviedo last week and although he did have some good spells, he did it while struggling to play out of his skin. He did not look at all comfortable And was constantly under pressure. We were playing against a Champions League side and we did not have the defenders to be comfortable against a Champions League side, simply, apart from Coleman and Williams, the rest just are not up to standard.

Today could be a different game and the usual non-performers could shine, as the opposition is weaker than Man City. But that is not to say that Burnley are weaker than us. The result could go anyway, but I hope we can keep our momentum going with a win.

David Milner
29 Posted 22/10/2016 at 10:22:10
I would also like to see a back 3 for this one, but no place for Jags after the crap performance last week. He cannot expect Stekelenburg to bail him out week after week.

Holgate, Williams, Funes Mori;
Coleman, McCarthy, Gueye, Davies, Bolasie;
Mirallas, Lukaku.

It would be nice to give Barry the rest he deserves.

Eddie Dunn
31 Posted 22/10/2016 at 10:52:33
It will be an interesting selection from Koeman. He has been quite clear that he has no intention of looking at Niasse (what has gone on there!?) despite his scoring form for the Under-23s.

He has been firm on Barkley, but may well recall him, but would he be equally tough on Jags? I doubt it, as he is our captain and has probably enough credit in the "bank" to keep his place. I would be surprised if McCarthy wasn't brought back in after his impressive showing last week.

This is a significant game, as we can't hide behind the fact that this team are not millionaire league leaders. The optimism of winning a point at Man City will be tempered by memories of the previous defeat at Bournemouth and lame draw with Crystal Palace. This result will tell us more about our team.

Ian McDowell
33 Posted 22/10/2016 at 11:13:29
A lack of goals concerns me. In our previous 4 games we have scored twice and both from Lukaku and one from a free kick. We need other players to step up and provide more goals.
Brent Stephens
34 Posted 22/10/2016 at 11:38:33
Darren (#21),

"We have got to stop fucking about with it when the counter punch is on."

Yes, couldn't agree more.

John Critchley
35 Posted 22/10/2016 at 11:52:07
A professional 1-0 win will do me! Defensively solid, no injuries, 3 points, climb back up the table, I think everyone would take that. COYB
Dave Williams
36 Posted 22/10/2016 at 11:52:07
I agree with Darren as I thought Man City were superb but just ran up against a stoic defensive display as indeed we have done at times in the past.

Ron is still testing some players out which is why I think he is ignoring the youngsters and playing the likes of Cleverley to see who he wants to keep and who he will move on. For me it is a case of picking up as many points as we can while he does this and not be too bothered how well deserved those points may be.

I am sure performances will improve as the season progresses and Ron learns who will form part of his future squad and who won't.

Jon Cox
37 Posted 22/10/2016 at 11:52:51
The Man City game proved two things to me:

1. It has been tried many times by various teams (including us) that you can't win games by trying to walk the ball into the net.

2. Barkley, Mirallas and Deulofeu are on borrowed time. Koeman will not put up with the rubbish these guys are spewing, week-in & week out.

Our defence seems good as does our attack. We have two problems we must overcome:

1. We need a fully functioning and creative mid-field set up.

2. We need other players who can score goals.

We don't seem to be playing as a team at the moment, just individuals. This is the poisoned legacy that was left to us from Martinez. The quicker we change this, the sooner we'll become successful.


Frank Crewe
38 Posted 22/10/2016 at 12:07:00
@Jon Cox

Barcelona walked the ball into the net against Man City without much trouble at all.

You will notice that, unlike most Premier League clubs, including us, who play with one forward they play with three top-class forwards.

Maybe if Rom had more support instead of a midfield of defensive-minded players that rarely cross the halfway line or make a forward pass, we would score more goals and win more matches.

Jon Cox
39 Posted 22/10/2016 at 12:31:10
@Frank Crewe

I'm sorry mate but I don't watch Barca. That type of football has always bored me.

Last week I watched the FA Cup Final from 1966. The massive thing about that game was how fast it was.

We are told by our illustrious media how fast the game is today. Utter rubbish! The 1966 game was end-to-end attacking football and NOT side-to-side boring crab football that all managers copied from Spain.

Paul Conway
40 Posted 22/10/2016 at 13:14:54
John Cox (#37),

Every time I see team selections as above, they far too often include the names of Barkley, Mirralas and Deulofeu – individually, or, a combination thereof. I am hoping that the team selections are based on the fact that 'they are still here', rather than their technical ability!

I can't understand fans wanting these type of players playing for us and thinking they are going to produce the goods on a regular basis. Although, I cannot help feeling that today, one of the three mentioned will have a far too long awaited great game, only to be propelled into star status once more!

Ian McDowell
41 Posted 22/10/2016 at 13:28:01
Looking at Burnley's home stats suggests todays game could be decided by the odd goal. Played 5 won 2 drawn 1 and lost 2. They have managed a mere 5 goals but have only conceded 3. You could argue they where very unlucky to lose to Arsenal.

They will be viewing home form as vital to keep them in the prem so we need to be bang on it from the first minute. Changes that we could make are Barkley maybe for Cleverly? Mirallas for Delufeou? Or could McCarthy come in? Be interesting to see what we do.

Les Martin
42 Posted 22/10/2016 at 13:41:17
This is another game that on paper we should win, but Bournemouth comes to mind...

We will need to scrap to gain control in the midfield which Ronald will know; if we do, then I expect us to win. If we lose, then it will be down to lack of effort – I think it's that simple.

Duncan McDine
43 Posted 22/10/2016 at 13:53:24
Agree Les, as long as the lads go out there and compete for every ball, we should win this one. Burnley aren't anywhere near as good as Bournemouth, but we won't get anywhere without putting in a shift.

It'll be interesting to see if Ross starts today... If he does, he needs to at least look like he's interested!

Ian McDowell
44 Posted 22/10/2016 at 14:03:31
Barkley and Mirallas are in for Cleverly and Delufeou.

22 Stekelenburg
23 Coleman
5 Williams
6 Jagielka
20 Oviedo
17 Gueye
18 Barry
11 Mirallas
8 Barkley
14 Bolasie
10 Lukaku

1 Robles
7 Deulofeu
12 Lennon
15 Cleverley
19 Valencia
25 Funes Mori
30 Holgate

Mick Davies
45 Posted 22/10/2016 at 14:07:23
McCarthy doesn't even make the bench?
Dave Abrahams
46 Posted 22/10/2016 at 14:09:46
Is Aaron Lennon fit to join the squad? If he is, I wouldn't leave him out, on the bench at the very least.

Burnley will work hard all day, that's guaranteed, so we will need players with some skill who will graft as well; Lennon is one of them.

Chris Williams
47 Posted 22/10/2016 at 14:09:59
Ireland must have really fucked McCarthy up.
David Booth
48 Posted 22/10/2016 at 14:12:37
That's my favourite XI (with the exception of the missing Baines).

Proof of our mettle beckons...

Koeman you Blues!

Phil Sammon
52 Posted 22/10/2016 at 14:26:16
Williams first scorer at 37/1. Gotta get on that!

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