Burnley make three changes to the side spanked at the Etihad last week. Nick Pope, Josh Brownhill and Robbie Brady come in for Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Josh Benson and Ashley Barnes.
Two changes for Everton from the side that lost at home to Leeds. Yerry Mina and Fabian Delph replace Mason Holgate and Tom Davies.
Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Brady, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil, Wood, Rodriguez.
Subs: Barnes, Peacock-Farrell, Pieters, Vydra, Long, Dunne, Benson.
Everton: Pickford, Godfrey, Mina, Keane, Iwobi, Doucoure, Allan, Delph, Rodriguez, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.
Subs: Holgate, Sigurdsson, Tosun, Bernard, Andre Gomes, Davies, Lossl.
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).
Everton’s seven-game winning sequence at the start of the season seems a long time ago now. Since then, they’ve played six matches, all in the Premier League, losing four, drawing one and winning another, and they made hard work of that against struggling Fulham.
On the face of it, a visit to second-from-bottom Burnley looks an ideal opportunity to regain some of that lost momentum. Especially as Sean Dyche – 200 Premier League games up today! – is presiding over a side who have lost six of their opening nine, have only scored two goals in their last eight, and were battered 5-0 at Manchester City last weekend.
But it’s hardly fair to judge a team on a performance away at City. Before that, they’d drawn at Brighton and picked up their first three-pointer of the season at home to Crystal Palace. Signs that the Burnley of old was beginning to rouse from its slumber. Additionally, Everton don’t usually fancy it at Turf Moor, having lost four of their last six league matches there, and failed to keep a clean sheet on their last 22 visits, a run stretching back to 1958. 1958!
Perhaps more relevant: Burnley won this fixture 1-0 last year, while Everton smashed it 5-1 the year before, an exception that very much shatters the rule. So good luck calling this one correctly, though with both teams desperate for the statement victory that’d get their season back on track, this could be great fun. It’s on!
Kick off: 12.30pm GMT.