Premier League: Burnley v Everton Preview

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Burnley v Everton

Saturday, Mar 03 – 12:30

Burnley were held to a 1-1 draw when they hosted Southampton last weekend, with Manolo Gabbiadini equalising in the 90th minute to salvage a point for the visitors. The results means that the Clarets are now without a win in 12 competitive matches, and manager Sean Dyche admitted that his side may need a bit of luck to get their campaign back on track. Despite a prologued period of poor results, Burnley remain seventh in the Premier League table, taking 37 points from their 28 matches this season.

Everton failed to build on their comfortable 3-1 win over Crystal Palace, when they lost 1-0 to Watford on Saturday. Their trip to Vicarage Road was the latest in a series of poor results on the road for the Toffees, who have not won away from home in the Premier League since January 21st. Sam Allardyce oversaw wins over Swansea, Newcastle, and Huddersfield during his first few weeks as Everton manager, but the club’s recent form has left fans wondering if owner Farhad Moshiri made the right choice in selecting the former England boss. Another away loss tomorrow could see the pressure crank up on Big Sam.

Let’s take a look at the stats:

  • Burnley managed to beat Everton in the reverse fixture back in October – the last time they won both league games against the Toffees was during the 1959/60 season.
  • There has not been a draw in this fixture in any of the last seven Premier League clashes between these two clubs (Burnley W3, Everton W4).
  • Burnley have only lost one of their last seven home matches against Everton in a top-flight competition – the defeat coming in 2014.
  • The Clarets are now without a win in 11 matches in the Premier League (D6 L5) – currently the longest winless run in the competition.
  • Burnley have failed to score more than twice in 22 matches at Turf Moor in the Premier League – scoring 17 goals in total.
  • Everton have only collected eight points on the road this season, accounting for just 24% of their overall tally (8/34).
  • In fact, the Toffees have only managed to win one of their last 22 away matches in the Premier League (D9 L12).
  • Burnley have only scored 10 second-half goals in the Premier League this season – fewer than any other side.
  • Sean Dyche failed to win any of his first five games against Sam Allardyce (D1 L4) – he did however, beat Big Sam’s Crystal Palace 2-0 last season.
  • Everton striker Oumar Niasse have scored four goals as a substitute this season – more than any other Premier League player (level with Olivier Giroud and Anthony Martial).

Burnley seem to be reaping the benefits of their positive start to the season, because they’ve struggled recently. The Clarets are still holding onto seventh place, but if their current form continues they will start to slip down the table – eventually. Sean Dyche has praised his defenders all year, but he needs to start expecting more of his forwards. Everton have a chance to go level on points with Burnley today, but considering that more creative teams have struggled to break down a stubborn Clarets defence, it’s hard to envision the likes of Walcott, Niasse, and Calvert-Lewin having much joy. A solid tip would be under 2.5 goals – this is Turf Moor after all.

Photos: Getty

Stats: Opta