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Preview: Burnley vs Everton – H2H, Form Guide, Injury News and Prediction

It’s a crucial game from the bottom end of the points table, as Burnley faces Everton on Saturday, 2023-12-16 at 5:30 PM UTC at Turf Moor. Both teams find themselves in the relegation zone and are desperate for a much-needed victory to give their survival hopes a boost. Let’s do a deep dive into their recent form, head-to-head statistics and current injuries.

Head To Head

The teams seem evenly matched based on the outcomes of their last 10 encounters, with Burnley edging out 4 victories compared to Everton’s 5, and just 1 draw. However, their last meeting (2023-11-01) saw Everton dismantle Burnley with a 3-0 victory.

Current Form: Burnley

As of now, Burnley’s form looks patchy at best with only 1 win in their last 5 games. These include a draw against Brighton (1-1) and a heartbreaking loss to Wolves (1-0). However, they did manage to stun Sheffield United with a commanding 5-0 victory.

The last 5 games of Burnley

  1. Brighton 1-1 Burnley (2023-12-09)
  2. Wolves 1-0 Burnley (2023-12-05)
  3. Burnley 5-0 Sheffield Utd (2023-12-02)
  4. Burnley 1-2 West Ham (2023-11-25)
  5. Arsenal 3-1 Burnley (2023-11-11)

Current Form: Everton

Everton, on the other side, seems to be finding their footing, with 3 successive victories in their last 3 games, indicating a potential resurgence. They’ve convincingly defeated Chelsea, Newcastle, and Nottingham Forest.

The last 5 games of Everton

  1. Everton 2-0 Chelsea (2023-12-10)
  2. Everton 3-0 Newcastle (2023-12-07)
  3. Nottingham Forest 0-1 Everton (2023-12-02)
  4. Everton 0-3 Manchester United (2023-11-26)
  5. Crystal Palace 2-3 Everton (2023-11-11)

Injury and Suspension Updates

Both teams are grappling with injuries to key players. Burnley will be missing J. Cork and L. Foster due to injury and illness respectively, while L. Koleosho also nurses a knee injury. J. Cullen is a doubt with a knock.

  1. J. Cork, Missing Fixture: Injury
  2. L. Foster, Missing Fixture: Illness
  3. L. Koleosho, Missing Fixture: Knee Injury
  4. J. Cullen, Questionable: Knock

Game Prediction and Betting Tips

Considering current form and standings, this game could prove to be vital for both teams. As of now, Everton seems to have an edge, and hence, a double chance: draw or Everton appears to be a safe bet. On the league standings, Burnley is ranked 19th with 8 points, while Everton is at 17th place with 13 points. Depending on the outcome, this game could significantly alter the bottom-half dynamics of the league.

The Weather

As there is no significant rainfall expected, the game is likely to be conducted in neutral weather which won’t impact either side’s play substantially.

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