Burnley make to 100 mile-round trip to Goodison Park on Saturday, as they finally look to lay to bed their away day hoo-doo.
The Toffees go into Saturday’s game on the back on seven consecutive home wins. An eighth against the Clarets, would see a new club record set.
With Burnley still without a victory on the road, and Everton on fire at home, surely there’s only one outcome on Saturday? Thankfully, football doesn’t work like that and on the day, who knows what could happen!
Everton come into this game in a rich vein of form, and they will be eager to keep up the pressure on the top six with a victory on Saturday.
A win for the Toffees would see them move up into 5th position, piling the pressure on Manchester United and Arsenal, who play on Sunday and Monday respectively.
As for Burnley, they arrive at Goodison Park in the safety of mid-table, which few people would have predicted at the start of the season.
If the Clarets were to defy the odds on Saturday, they could effectively secure their Premier League status and move into the top half of the table in the process.
Everton are without long-term injury absentees: Seamus Coleman, Yannick Bolasie, Ramiro Funes-Mori and Aaron Lennon.
Muhamed Besic remains out, while James McCarthy is unlikely to be fit for Saturday after picking up an injury on international duty.
Burnley remain without Dean Marney, who is the only long-term absentee for the Clarets. Kevin Long also remains sidelined.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson is on the comeback trail, but Saturday will be too soon for him, while Steven Defour will return to the Clarets’ squad.
Everton’s form has been great of late, winning five of their last 10 games. Since the turn on they year, the Toffees have been one of the league’s in form teams, with only Chelsea and Tottenham picking up more points than Everton.
Burnley on the other hand, haven’t been in good form in 2017. Since the turn on the year, the Clarets have picked up a meagre 13 points, 10 of which, have come at Turf Moor, further highlighting the gap in home and away form.
Last time these two sides met, Burnley ran out 2-1 winners, courtesy of a stoppage time winner from Scott Arfield, despite Everton dominating for large parts of the game. Everton have only met Burnley five times in the Premier League and the Toffees just have the upper hand, winning three of those, in comparison to Burnley’s two. Burnley haven’t won, or even scored at Goodison Park since 1976.
For personal viewing pleasure – here’s Arfield’s late winner against the Toffees back in October…
Everton have won seven games in a row at home, an eighth will break the club record.
Burnley have drawn 3 of their last 4 away games.
Everton have scored two or more goals in their last seven home league games.
Burnley have only scored more than one goal away from home in a single game on one occasion (Swansea).
The Clarets kept back to back away clean sheets in the Premier league (Sunderland and Middlesbrough) for the first time since 2015.