Burnley braced for rejuvenated Everton visit
Everton have a real chance to pull away from the clutch of teams in the bottom half of the Premier League table when they travel to Lancashire to take on Burnley.
At 17/20 to win the match with Coral, they are overwhelming favourites, and Roberto Martinez will be happy that his side are starting to fulfil their potential, after signing Romelu Lukaku permanently in the summer for £27m, who netted in the Toffees’ 3-0 win against Aston Villa.
Lukaku has scored three times in eight Premier League appearances this season, as well as laying on one assist, and this is evidence that Everton are starting to click once more under Martinez. Big Belgium striker Lukaku is 9/2 to grab the opener for a team that have been on target in every league match this term, while strike partner Steven Naismith, who has also been impressive, has a price of 6/1 in the same market.
One particular feature that has been key to the Merseyside outfit’s style of play under the Spanish boss is the use of full backs Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman attacking their opposite numbers with penetration and purpose. The latter scored on his return from injury last time out, and is a 6/1 shot to net anytime, while Baines, who is deadly from dead-balls, is 4/1 in the same market.
The good news for Burnley is that their visitors haven’t won at Turf Moor for 44 years, which was a top-flight match that finished as a 2-1 scoreline. Odds of a repeat of that are 15/2 and the hosts have four players all on one goal apiece. George Boyd opened his account in the Clarets’ 3-1 defeat to West Ham last time out, and is 5/1 to net again anytime.
Following the draw against Lille, Martinez praised the return from injury of long term absentee Sylvain Distin. “It’s really important to have [him] back. He’s refreshed. He was fantastic in Lille,” said Martinez.
“Sometimes it’s so demanding. Sylvain is the model professional, sometimes he spends too long working on it on the training ground.
“Sometimes you need a mental break more than a physical break. You don’t want playing football becoming a chore.”
If you fancy a flutter, Coral are also offering a match day special for the game, which features Everton to win to nil at 5/2, with a £20 maximum bet.