The Toffees can take maximum points from Turf Moor - but they might need to be patient.
Burnley v Everton - Saturday 15:00
Burnley were dismantled by an in-form Southampton during the second half in their last match. It has been a consistent failure this term, losing the second half in five of their eight matches this season compared to the first half, where they’ve lost just twice. Sean Dyche’s men keep battling gamely but their season looks destined to end the same way as the last time they made it to the Premier League. If they do avoid the drop summer signings Jeff Hendrick and Steven Defour will be crucial, but the efforts of Tom Heaton and Michael Keane shouldn’t go unnoticed. As things stand the Clarets are a point above the relegation zone and if it stays that way Burnley fans will surely be ecstatic.
Everton coped admirably with waves of Man City attacks last week with Ashley Williams and Maarten Stekelenburg in particular crucial in keeping the Citizen’s at bay until Nolito’s equaliser. The overall feeling will have been one of relief after City missed two penalties, had 73% of the possession and a total of 19 shots on goal. Wide men Yannick Bolasie and Gerard Deulofeu struggled to get out of their own half, especially during the first half, but are unlikely to be on the defensive in the same way against a promoted side where they will be expected to control the game.
Burnley will be hampered by the last game of Andre Gray’s suspension and by the possible absence of injury doubt Steven Defour. They haven’t lost the first half in any of their five home matches this season so far, whilst Everton have drawn the first half in four of their last seven. Everton might have to be patient, but with Romelu Lukaku in blistering form and greater options to change the game from the bench, we’re backing draw/Everton in the half-time/full-time market at 4.9.