Everton vs Burnley – Premier League preview and team news

Just a second away win of the season can take Burnley out of the relegation zone, but in their way stand an Everton side that has won their last five home matches in all competitions.

A return of 10 points from the last 12 available has seen the Toffees rise from potential battlers against the drop to a team lying in a comfortable position in mid-table, with only a Jonjo Shelvey penalty denying them all three points in their last game at Swansea City; with Aaron Lennon’s goal showing why manager Roberto Martinez wants to sign him on a permanent basis.

Indeed, Lennon’s contribution here could be key as this game may be won or lost in the wide areas. Both sides possess attacking full-backs, with Seamus Coleman beginning to rediscover his form on the Everton right.

Unlike some of their rivals at the bottom of the Premier League, the goals have dried up for Burnley at just the wrong time. Star man Danny Ings has not hit the back of the net since the middle of February, while as a whole they managed to create very few clear-cut chances in back-to-back home games against Tottenham and Arsenal.

The Clarets battled hard and made it difficult for their opponents in both matches, but just could not find the required quality to work an opening. If the service from central areas in particular could be improved, they unquestionably have the finishing quality against a potentially vulnerable home defence.

Everton are hopeful over the fitness of midfielder Leon Osman after he was forced off at Swansea. Romelu Lukaku should be able to return to the squad.

Matt Taylor could make his first start for Burnley since making his comeback, but Kevin Long and Dean Marney remain sidelined.

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