Burnley v Everton

Two clubs in a miserable run of form meet in Saturday’s early kick off, a fixture illustrating just how poor the ‘rest’ of the Premier League really is.

The Clarets are winless in 12 games, but still find themselves seventh in the division.

On the other hand, Everton, who have won two league games in their last 10 outings, are hot on their trail – with just three points separating the sides.

Burnley enjoyed an excellent start to the campaign, their early season form saw them take all three points at Goodison in the reverse fixture and manager Sean Dyche was heavily linked with the vacant managerial hot seat after Ronald Koeman’s dismissal.

The Blues are searching for only a second away win this campaign while Burnley have picked up just two points out of the last 15 available at home.

Both outfits hold unwanted records going into this one. Everton have won the fewest percentage of their league points away from home this term, with a dismal eight out of their total of 34, just 24%.

Burnley have the lowest percentage in home matches, picking up 19 of their 37 points at Turf Moor, a return of 51%.

One to watch 

Former Everton winger Aaron Lennon has yet to get off the mark since his January switch, the winger has made four appearances so far.

And of course, he will be out to prove a point to those who sanctioned his sale. Lennon scored his first goal as a permanent Everton player against former side, Spurs, so don’t bet against a repeat.

Team news 

The hosts have a goalkeeping dilemma. Their skipper Tom Heaton is back after missing most of the season with a dislocated shoulder, but the form deputy Nick Pope is in will give Dyche a selection headache.

Key figures James Tarkowski and Chris Wood are ready to return to the Burnley line-up after a spell on the side-lines.

Jon Walters, Robbie Brady and Steven Defour will miss out.

The visitors will be without James McCarthy and Eliaquim Mangala, but could finally welcome back Leighton Baines and Ramiro Funes Mori after lengthy injury layoffs.

Seamus Coleman is closing in on a return to full fitness.

Man in the middle 

Chris Kavanagh will take charge of the whistle, he has refereed 23 matches across five competitions this season, producing 69 yellow cards and two reds.

Up the Toffees.

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