Everton have quietly made a strong start to the campaign but struggling Burnley could really do with a win when the two sides meet at Goodison Park on Monday night.
Rafa Benitez was not a popular appointment with the Everton supporters due to his previous connections with local rivals Liverpool. However, the Spaniard, despite not having a massive amount of money to play with in the summer, has managed to get a decent tune of his squad so far this season.
Demarai Gray has perhaps been the biggest revelation since returning to England from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer. The pacy wide man struggled for opportunities in Germany – and in his previous stint in the Premier League with Leicester City – but has been impressive for the Toffees with two goals to his name in his first three appearances.
A win for Everton here would take them level on points with Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea and, if they win by more than four goals, would head straight to the Premier League’s summit.
No matter how unpopular Benitez was upon his arrival, it won’t be long before he wins the Everton fanbase round if he can keep that up.
Everton v Burnley
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MAR 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 1-2 Burnley
DEC 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Burnley 1-1 Everton
DEC 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 1-0 Burnley
OCT 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Burnley 1-0 Everton
MAY 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 2-0 Burnley
DEC 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Burnley 1-5 Everton
MAR 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Burnley 2-1 Everton
OCT 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 0-1 Burnley
APR 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 3-1 Burnley
OCT 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Burnley 2-1 Everton
It hasn’t exactly been an ideal start to the 2021/22 season for Sean Dyche’s Burnley, who have picked up just one point from their opening three league fixtures.
They looked set to pick up their first victory of the campaign against Leeds United last week before Patrick Bamford struck late for Bielsa’s side to deny Dyche and co victory.
It’s still early days for Burnley and, typically in years gone by, the Clarets have always been able to dig out results when they need them. However, with some tough fixtures coming up, they could really do with a win here.
However, given Everton’s quality, I expect Benitez to go home the happier of the two managers on Monday evening. You shouldn’t anticipate a classic, with both managers often emphasising discipline and organisation over attacking freedom and flair, but Everton should come out on top. We are backing an Everton win and under 2.5 goals.
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