Burnley vs Everton : Idrissa Gana Gueye back in Toffees squad,”We wanted to do something different in the last game of the year at home. We wanted to give different feelings to our fans with a good performance and, more importantly, a good result.”We didn’t achieve it at all.”
== MATCH INFO ==
England – Premier League
Team : Burnley vs Everton
Date : Wednesday, December 26
Start Time : 10:00 Am Et
Last season, Burnley did the double over Everton, winning 2-1 at Goodison Park and 1-0 at Turf Moor. However, the Clarets head into Christmas in the bottom three and with just three wins so far this season.Burnley have endured a tough first half to the season and their Premier League status will be seriously under threat with no improvement in results. They are 19 points worse off than at this stage last season.
Burnley are likely to name the same squad which fell to defeat at Arsenal on Saturday.Midfielder Robbie Brady recovered from a knock to start at the Emirates Stadium, where Sean Dyche’s side lost 3-1.
Winger Aaron Lennon (knee), goalkeeper Nick Pope (shoulder) and left-back Stephen Ward (knee) will be absent, with midfielder Steven Defour unlikely to be back having missed out on the squad over the weekend with a calf complaint.Everton midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye could return to the Everton squad.
The Senegal international has missed the last two matches with a groin problem, but is closing in on a comeback, while Yerry Mina could replace Kurt Zouma in defence after the on-loan Chelsea centre-back’s poor performance at the weekend.
Gueye’s return could be timely as fellow midfielder Andre Gomes was forced off with a knee injury against Tottenham on Sunday.
Burnley have won three of their last four games against Everton in the Premier League (L1), including both home and away meetings in the 2017-18 season. Everton’s only previous victory at Turf Moor in the Premier League was back in October 2014 (under Roberto Martinez). They’ve lost 2-1 there in each of the last two seasons.
Burnley make it hard for teams – I watched them against Brighton and Tottenham and I know they got beat at Arsenal on Saturday, but they are hard to play against. So I think they will make it hard for Everton. I think this will end in a draw and they will make Turf Moor a hard place to go between now and the end of the season.