Everton v Burnley Predictions, Betting Tips & Previews
April 11, 2017
Saturday April 15 – Goodison Park – Premier League
Everton’s seven wins in seven home games has propelled them into the battle for European football while Burnley’s Premier League future isn’t secure. A rare away point would go a long way towards maintaining the Clarets’ top-flight status.
Burnley beat Everton at Turf Moor earlier in the season but the Toffees are a different proposition at home, and Ronald Koeman’s methods have settled in a great deal more now than they had in October.
Burnley haven’t won at Goodison Park since 1976, losing 2-0 in December 2009 and 1-0 in April 2015, and haven’t won an away Premier League game all season.
Injuries and suspension had afflicted Everton’s defence in recent weeks with both Seamus Coleman and Ramiro Funes Mori looking at lengthy absences. Ashley Williams’ red card at Manchester United ruled him out of Sunday’s visit of Leicester City but the Wales international is available again and should come in for Matthew Pennington to partner Phil Jagielka.
Ross Barkley is fit and available despite a much-publicised altercation on Sunday night, having trained as normal this week.
Burnley are to be without long-term absentees Dean Marney and Johann Berg Gudmundsson and after a 1-0 win over Stoke City last time out, Sean Dyche might well prefer to stick with the same XI.
Everton v Burnley Preview and Predictions
Everton haven’t lost a home league game since the middle of December, when they fell to Liverpool. It’s been seven wins, 26 goals for, five against and five clean sheets in that time, making the blue half of Merseyside one of the hardest places to go in the division.
It’s a fact reflected in the odds, with Everton at a best price of around 4/9 and Burnley out to 15/2. The draw is 18/5 and now doubt the visitors will be at their most obdurate, starting the match with a point and doing whatever it takes to hold on to it.
The same time frame as Everton’s strong home run has seen Burnley endure seven away games, score six, concede 10 and pick up three points. Their last two trips have though ended in goalless draws, at Sunderland and Middlesbrough, but neither of those sides can boast Romelu Lukaku leading the line.
Quite how much longer Lukaku will be leading Everton’s line remains to be seen. But for as long as he is, Everton will be a danger in attack – the Belgium international has on his own scored almost as many Premier League goals as Burnley’s entire team, 32 to Burnley to the 23-year-old’s 23. He’s 5/6 to score anytime, with Barkley 5/2 and Kevin Mirallas 21/10.
Andre Gray at 10/3 leads the way for Burnley, with Sam Vokes at 7/2 and Ashley Barnes 5/1.
Kevin Mirallas to score and Everton to win at 9/4
Lukaku gets the attention for his compatriot has been in good form of late. He’s often Everton’s creative spark, and a reliable finisher too.
Romelu Lukaku to score two or more goals at 7/2
The ex-Chelsea man tends to score in bursts and he got two against Leicester last weekend, two against Hull City in March and four against Bournemouth in February.