Two sides who are buzzing about at the top end of the form table meet at Goodison Park with both looking to finish the season strongly.
Everton are enjoying quite the purple patch of late, they’ve had some particularly impressive wins over Arsenal and of course – Manchester United. Their 4-0 drubbing of The Red Devils was brilliant but brought about plenty of questions regarding where these kind of performances had been hiding all season. Early signs were promising but the Christmas period and in to the new year saw some rotten performances from The Toffees and ones that you wouldn’t associate with some of the football that the side are currently playing.
Everton currently occupy ninth in The Premier League and they’ll be keen to give it everything to attempt to grab seventh place in the table even if it is currently out of their hands. Seventh is considered the bets of the rest spot, one that themselves; Wolves, Leicester and Watford are all competing for. Only Liverpool, Man City and Leicester have taken more points than Everton over the past eight games and they’ll be hoping to maintain that momentum as they head in to the final two games of the season. The hosts are the firm favourites at 1.57 to take all three points.
Burnley have also been impressive recently, they sit sixth in the six game form table having won three and draw one of those games. They were superb against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and they showed us all the qualities we’ve come to expect of Sean Dyche’s side. They were determined, strong and played for one another which made it so difficult for Chelsea to break them down. The Clarets have secured their goal of maintaining their Premier League status but no side under the stewardship of Sean Dyche will be easing off at this stage in the season. The visitors are out at 5.5 for this one with the draw at a price of 4.0.
The Toffees are still without influential midfielder Andre Gomes who is still suspended. Morgan Schneiderlin will continue in midfield as it looks likely that Marco Silva will name an unchanged side. The only other absentee is Yerry Mina, even if he was fit I’d think it would be unlikely that he’d dislodge either Micheal Keane or Kurt Zouma at the heart of the Everton defence.
Burnley have a few missing but still look in good shape. Steven Defour is still side lined but he’s realistically the only potential starter. Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood will pair together up front as usual, the dynamic duo have been fantastic in Burnley’s recent run and their performance at Stamford Bridge was superb. Few pairings in the league offer quite the same threat that these two do, their sheer physicality will be a lot for Everton to handle and they’ll need to stay alert as Burnley operate by leaving both strikers forward to spearhead a counter attack. Barnes looks like fantastic value for a goa at 3.6 anytime, Wood is even further out at 4.33.
These two have really kicked on towards the back end of the season and it’s very hard to separate them. If I was siding with anyone it would have to be Everton after their recent demolition of Manchester United and comfortable win over Arsenal, both at Goodison Park. They also have that little bit of extra quality in attacking areas with the likes Richarlison and Sigurdsson. Those level of technical players is something Burnley lack. However, they do make up for that in how well they operate as a team and they’ll make this a very tough game for Everton. The draw at 4.0 could also be a great pick after we saw how solid Burnley made themselves against Chelsea.
Ashley Barnes to score anytime @ 3.6
Both teams to score @ 1.9
The draw @ 4.0