Everton will take on Burnley in a relegation clash tonight, that could either push them further into safety or land them in serious hot water ahead of their game at Goodison Park against Man United this weekend.
There is no doubt that Frank Lampard will be feeling the pressure when the Toffees travel to Turf Moor tonight to take on Sean Dyche’s side, as a win would put them six points clear of the relegation zone and seven points clear of their 19th place opponents, however another defeat would leave Everton just one point shy of Burnley and a place in the bottom three.
Despite the relegation woes, there has been some good news for the squad and the fans with a double injury boost as Fabian Delph and Seamus Coleman have both been confirmed as available for selection following Delph’s long term injury spell and Coleman’s recovery from illness that saw him absent against West Ham last weekend.
The Everton boss has though confirmed that Donny van de Beek will be unavailable due to a “small grade thigh injury” meaning the midfielder will be missing for both tonight’s game and is ineligible to play against his parent club Manchester United on Saturday afternoon but could return against Leicester City next week.
With that being said, this is how Football FanCast expects Everton to line-up against Burnley this evening…
We predict that Lampard will make three changes to his side that lost to West Ham at the London Stadium last weekend, and will opt for a 3-4-3 formation against Sean Dyche’s team.
Two of the changes we expect to see in tonight’s game is the selection of both Delph and Coleman upon their return to fitness, with Coleman deployed in the back three alongside Mason Holgate and Ben Godfrey.
As for the £92k-per-week returning midfielder hailed “clever” by Pep Guardiola, with Allan still suspended and Van de Beek out injured, it would make sense for Lampard to waste no time getting Delph integrated back into the starting line-up alongside Doucoure in a midfield two, with the 32 year old’s experience the midfield should be satisfactorily covered.
The third change we have predicted is the return of boyhood Evertonian Anthony Gordon, who will replace Demarai Gray in the front three alongside Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison.
Gray, who was hailed “electric” by pundit Garth Crooks, hasn’t been able to impose himself as effectively since he returned from injury, however with a number of attacking players at Lampard’s disposal it wouldn’t be a surprise if the 25 year old makes a substitution appearance at some stage in the game as Lampard sets out to keep his players fresh ahead of the Man United clash on Saturday.
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Ultimately this is a must win game for Everton in their efforts to maintain Premier League status next season, and there is no room for error against Burnley who have lost their last four games consecutively meaning Lampard must fully capitalise on their downfall and secure the three points away from home.