Everton v Burnley Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Everton v Burnley

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Thursday, December 26, 2019


Goodison Park

Punter's Pick

Burnley look good value to draw the game with the advantage of a +1 goal handicap, available at 5/2 with Bet365. Games between the two sides tend to produce goals – both teams to find the net is available at 19/20 with Bet365 and looks a good proposition at this price.

Carlo Ancelotti’s reign as Everton manager kicks off on Boxing Day as mid-table Burnley are the visitors for the Italian veteran’s first game in charge at Goodison Park.

Ferguson cameo stabilizes Toffees

Ancelotti arrives at Everton with the unusual position of his side being on a decent run, having gone three games undefeated against the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsa, giving him plenty to work with. Those credible results came under temporary manager Duncan Ferguson, the former Everton idol adding a sense of purpose, pride and organization to a side that had badly lost its way under former manager Marco Silva.

Ancelotti inherits a squad that has been lavishly invested on in the last few transfer windows, and it will be interesting if he has negotiated any new personnel to be added to the squad in the upcoming transfer window as part of his agreement to join the club. Certainly the midfield of forward areas will be of concern to him, with the likes of Moise Kean and Alex Iwobi failing to settle or perform since their big money moves.

Burnley back on track

Burnley continue to be on a rollercoaster of a ride, often following up disappointing dips in form with a run of victories to keep them in around mid-table. After a run of three successive defeats was ended with a 1-0 win over Newcastle United, they backed that up with another 1-0 success last weekend at the expense of struggling Bournemouth. With Manchester United (twice), Chelsea and Leicester City to come in four of their next five fixtures, Sean Dyche will be keen to pick up points at Goodison Park. Goals have been hard to come by on their travels, with just 9 in 10 games, something they will be keen to improve as they search for more away victories – the win at Bournemouth was just their second away from Turf Moor so far this season.

Team News

Morgan Schneiderlin and Theo Walcott are sidelined for Everton, both suffering from calf injuries, while Alex Iwobi also is out after limping off last weekend against former club Arsenal.

Burnley will be without Jeff Hendrick after accumulating five yellow cards. Johann Berg Gudmundsson might feature for the first time since September after recovering from a hamstring injury. Aaron Lennon has been suffering from illness and faces a race against time to be fit against his former club.

Tough start for Ancelotti?

Despite the feel good factor that will be around Goodison Park on Boxing Day, Burnley have shown themselves time and time again to be tough opponents and will not roll over easily. Everton looked totally devoid of ideas against Arsenal last time out in a snoozefest 0-0 draw, and it is difficult to see how Ancelotti will address that with the current personnel at his disposal. Burnley may just spoil the party and leave Merseyside with a satisfactory point.

Punter's Pick

Burnley look good value to draw the game with the advantage of a +1 goal handicap, available at 5/2 with Bet365. Games between the two sides tend to produce goals – both teams to find the net is available at 19/20 with Bet365 and looks a good proposition at this price.

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