2021-22 Premier League: Week Four – Everton vs Burnley

Everton welcome Burnley to Goodison Park in Monday Night Football as Rafa Benitez’s Toffees seek to continue their unbeaten start to the season.

Victory will see Everton go fourth in the table whilst Burnley can climb out of the relegation zone with at least one point.

 

Team News

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Seamus Coleman is a doubt for Everton after suffering a hamstring injury whilst on international duty for Republic of Ireland, although the injury is reportedly not as serious as initially feared.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is available after withdrawing from England squad with tight quadriceps, whilst Ben Godfrey (Coronavirus) and Yerry Mina (fitness) are also expected to feature.

James Rodriguez (fitness) won’t be risked unless he is fully match fit, as Fabian Delph misses out with a shoulder injury.

Summer signing, Maxwell Cornet is a doubt for Burnley due to a shortage of match fitness but will be handed a late fitness test.

Nathan Collins is also considered a doubt after suffering an unspecified injury whilst on international duty for Republic of Ireland.

Conor Roberts (groin), Dale Stephens (ankle) and Kevin Long (calf) remain ruled out.

 

Stat Attack

  • Everton are unbeaten in three of their last five meetings against Burnley (W2, D1, L2).
  • Burnley have won two of their last five trips to Goodison Park (W2, L3).
  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored in each of Everton’s last two home matches against Burnley.
  • Two of Calvert-Lewin’s three league goals this season for Everton have been scored from the penalty spot.
  • Chris Wood has been caught offside on four occasions in three league appearances for Burnley this season.

 

Prediction

Having delivered an excellent all-round display at Brighton before the international break, it is difficult to see how Everton won’t fancy their chances here with solid attacking build-up and clinical goals, on top of fantastic defending when the Seagulls attacked.

Rafa Benitez also did a great job of retaining most of his international players throughout the international window through injury or Coronavirus pandemic related reasons, which will of certainly given him more time to focus on developing the team both as a squad and individually in training.

Burnley meanwhile are one of the hardest-working teams in the top-flight but they should look to be more clinical, especially after wasting numerous chances last time out against Leeds, even though poor defensive gapping in the closing stages cost them a win.

On that note, this could well be a difficult encounter because both teams have the quality to cause one another serious issues on their best day, although I fancy Everton to win this if there isn’t a draw.

Prediction: Everton 1-1 Burnley

Result: Everton 3-1 Burnley

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