Burnley v Everton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 24, 2018
Turf Moor - Premier League
Burnley look for a positive end to the month following three consecutive defeats, as they host Everton on Boxing Day at Turf Moor. The Toffees are winless themselves in January having faced all of the top three, but will aim for a win on Boxing day.
Burnley won both encounters last season, with this fixture last season ending in an enthralling 2-1 victory for the Clarets. Cenk Tosun opened the scoring for the away side, before Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes provided the come-back goals.
Sean Dyche has been alternating between a 4-4-2 and a 4-5-1 formation this season, dependant on the quality of opposition and it will be interesting to see which he goes for on Wednesday. Having turned the game around with a switch from the latter to the former, Ashley Barnes will be keen to be involved from the start.
Marco Silva has also been tinkering with formations, and would clearly prefer to field Richarlison as a winger rather than a striker. However, with the Brazilian free-scoring and the likes of Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin failing to do so, the former Watford man is likely to be the Toffees' lone forward again.
Burnley v Everton Preview and Predictions
Wednesday's match-up is a perfect example of the unpredictability of the Premier League, as home-side Burnley go into the game as underdogs, despite doing the double over Everton last season.
Despite the overwhelming positivity over the summer over the Clarets chance to qualify for the Europa League, the autumn months have not gone as planned. Sean Dyche's side have been unable to replicate the defensive solidarity that provided the platform for Burnley's surprise wins over the likes of Chelsea last term.
Instead, 33 goals conceded, the second-most in the league, has seen them remain in the relegation zone for the majority of the campaign. In fact, Dyche can count himself lucky that so many teams have unperformed this year meaning that the Clarets still have a chance of rescuing a mid-table finish at the turn of the year.
However, time is running out for them to do so, and a defeat over Everton would provide the perfect start. The Toffees have played wonderful football at points this season, yet have struggled with consistency, with Marco Silva taking a long time to integrate a host of summer signings.
The Portuguese manager is clearly a proponent of attractive, attacking football, and has brought in players to fit this image. The impressive form of Richarlison has been much documented, but Bernard has also looked an interesting prospect on the flank, whilst Andre Gomes, on loan from Barcelona, has that Catalan calmness in possession. Even so, this quantity of flair players puts Everton at risk
Richarlison to score anytime at 13/8
One of the revelations of last few seasons, the Brazilian has continued to improve and is a constant threat up front.
Under 2.5 goals scored at 11/10
Without an out an out striker to contend with, Burnley may cope better defensively at home.