Everton vs Burnley LIVE: Toffees bidding to bounce back from Chelsea defeat as Carlo Ancelotti’s side host Sean Dyche’s strugglers at Goodison Park
- Everton host Burnley at Goodison Park in the Premier League. KO 5.30pm GMT
- The Toffees lost to Chelsea last time out and are looking for a response
- Burnley, meanwhile, are winless in three having recently drawn with Arsenal
- Latest Premier League news, including fixtures and results
- Premier League table – as it stands
Everton host Burnley as Carlo Ancelotti’s side bid to bounce back from their defeat to Chelsea and gain ground on their rivals in the battle for the top four.
Having won three top flight games on the bounce, Ancelotti’s side were undone by Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge on Monday, with the Londoners earning a big win in the fight for Champions League football next season.
The veteran Italian coach will be looking for a response today, as the Toffees welcome Sean Dyche’s strugglers in Merseyside.
Burnley are winless in five, albeit having faced a handful of the league’s top sides in that run, and remain just four points above the drop zone.
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7 mins: Tom Davies looks to drive forward now but he’s nudged from behind by McNeil, conceding a set piece within shooting distance. Gomes takes and it is cleared behind for a corner by Vydra.
6 mins: Westwood attempts to play a ball for McNeil but he can’t find the youngster and the hosts mop up.
3 mins: Iwobi complained this week over his position for the Toffees and Ancelotti has duly listened, with the Nigerian appearing to play in the No 10 role from the outset.
Chance Everton! Richarlison picks up the ball on the half turn, drives at the Burnley defence before forcing Pope into a save behind for a corner, which comes to nothing.
2 mins: Vydra has been picked out twice in the early stages with midfield-splitting passes from deep, but the striker has failed to get a shot off at Jordan Pickford’s goal.
1 min: The players take the knee in support of anti-racism before Jon Moss blows his whistle and the game gets under way at Goodison Park. Everton playing in their tradition blue kit with white shorts, while Burnley are in their bright yellow away strip.
We are inching closer to kick off of Saturday’s 5.30pm kick off in the Premier League, with Everton and Burnley making their way out onto the Goodison Park turf.
We haven’t been treated to many goals thus far this weekend – with just three from the three games played – let’s hope for more this evening!
Live updates coming shortly.
Everton can close the gap to fourth-placed Chelsea to two points with a win, while an away victory for Burnley will see their points advantage over Fulham grow to seven points.
Its been tight. There’s been a couple of really good performances in there. The mentality is good, we have got to keep turning the mentality into performances.
To be honest whatever the result is will be, we have had so many injuries in a condensed period, I would question why when we have three weeks off now but that’s by the by. It gives us three weeks to come out with everyone fit and that’ll give us a strong chance with nine games left.
They change their shape quite a bit so we have to keep an eye on that. they are having a really strong season and i think we have to capitalize on our performance. We have got to ask them questions as well. we will see.
The Burnley manager was speaking to Sky Sports.
It is an opportunity, I think that it can be an opportunity the last 11 games until the end of the season.
Today is an important opportunity to have a result. We know that the game of Chelsea teach that it is really difficult to play in the Premier League. It will be difficult tonight but we hope we are ready.
We want to improve. We are on time to have a good result because the fight for Europe is still there. Sigurdsson didn’t train properly during the week, he had a problem in the last game. He is on the bench, if we need him he is available.
We have Tom Davies who played really well in the past, we had Allan out for two months and Tom Davies played really well.
The Everton boss was speaking to Sky Sports.
Iwobi was called up by Nigeria earlier this week for their forthcoming internationals and, to mark the news, he took to Instagram and uploaded the message: ‘Always an honour to get called up for my national team, hopefully I get to play in my preferred position.’
Ancelotti, who has used Iwobi as a wing-back and in midfield, saw the post but was left bemused by its nature.
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Last season they left Goodison Park empty handed, losing 1-0 in a close encounter. Can Sean Dyche’s side do better this time around?
Reports in his homeland have suggested the Colombia international, who has played just three of the last eight matches, is not happy just six months into his Goodison Park career.
However, Ancelotti insists injury and not dissatisfaction is at the root of his absence with the 29-year-old unlikely to return until early next month after the international break.
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The significant takeaway from this afternoon’s team news is that Gylfi Sigurdsson has made way for Tom Davies, with the Iceland international settling for a place on the bench. The rest of the team is unchanged from the side that lost to Chelsea.
For Burnley, Sean Dyche is forced to make one change from the draw with Arsenal, with Erik Pieters coming in for the injured Charlie Taylor.
Good afternoon and welcome to Sportsmail’s live coverage of Burnley’s trip to Goodison Park to take on Carlo Ancelotti’s high-flying Everton.
The top four hopefuls were handed a setback on Monday, with rivals Chelsea earning a 2-0 win over the Toffees at Stamford Bridge.
Burnley, meanwhile, are looking to clinch a much-needed win after valiant draws with Arsenal and Leicester recently.
Stay tuned as we build towards live coverage of the 5.30 pm kick off in Merseyside, with team news to come shortly.
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