The relief was palpable around Goodison Park last weekend as Everton picked up their first Premier League win in five attempts against AFC Bournemouth.
The pressure had been mounting on Ronald Koeman following a disappointing run of results and things looked bleak for the former Southampton boss when the Cherries took the lead on Merseyside; Oumar Niasse, though, came off the bench to grab two goals inside the final 15 minutes and secure a vital victory for the Toffees.
Everton, however, failed to build on that result when they were held to a bitterly disappointing 2-2 draw against Apollon Limassol in the Europa League in midweek and the Toffees will be desperate to make an immediate return to winning ways against the Clarets on Merseyside on Sunday afternoon; Betsafe go 7/10 (1.70) that Koeman’s side collect all three points against Sean Dyche's team.
Burnley, though, will provide a decent test for the men from Merseyside, for Dyche’s side have enjoyed a very decent start to the season; the Clarets have taken nine points from their opening six fixtures – a run of results that includes a win at Stamford Bridge and draws against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley and Liverpool at Anfield.
Indeed, the Lancashire club are unbeaten in four matches on their travels in all competitions this season, having also beaten bitter rivals Blackburn Rovers in the second round of the League Cup at Ewood Park, and Burnley can be backed at 19/4 (5.75) with Betsafe to win this weekend, while the same firm go 14/5 (3.80) that Dyche’s team secure a third successive draw on the road.
Since beating Chelsea on the opening weekend of the season, there have been more than two goals scored in just one of Burnley’s seven competitive fixtures in all competitions – and that came in the League Cup with Dyche’s side being held to a 2-2 draw by Championship high-flyers Leeds United at the end of normal time, before bowing out of the competition on penalties; it is worth noting that three of the goals in that game arrived after the 88th minute in a frenetic finale.
Everton supporters have bemoaned their side’s inability to put the ball in the net more regularly this season, with Niasse an unlikely match winner for the Toffees last weekend; indeed, Everton have scored more than one goal in just four of their 14 matches so far this season – although the Toffees can take heart from the fact that they have scored more than once in each of their last three fixtures.
A tight tussle, though, seems likely when the Clarets visit Goodison Park and, as such, it is Betsafe’s 41/50 (1.82) quote for fewer than three goals to be scored that could represent best value for punters ahead of Sunday’s showdown on Merseyside.
|Under 2.5 goals at 41/50 (1.82) for a 2pt stake with Betsafe|