Kick-off: 1500, 26/12/2019
Stadium: Goodison Park
TV: Amazon Prime
Everton begin Carlo Ancelotti’s reign with renewed optimism after a solid run of results under Duncan Ferguson and are backed to beat Burnley at Goodison Park.
The Toffees have picked up positive Premier League results against three big clubs since the departure of Marco Silva, showing plenty of resolve in the process.
We’re going for a home win to nil at 7/4 as our initial Everton vs Burnley prediction.
A Look At Everton’s Betting Odds
Everton followed up a win over Chelsea and a draw at Manchester United with a goalless stalemate versus Arsenal at this venue.
Now Ancelotti, who won the old European Cup twice with AC Milan and the Champions League with Real Madrid, will be keen to build on those encouraging efforts.
On his move to Merseyside, the 60-year-old said: “The biggest factor was the ambition of the club, the history that this club has, the tradition, the atmosphere of the supporters.
“Also, the fact this club wants to improve. We want to be a better team, we want to compete. These were the reasons I decided to come here.
“I like a team that has ambition and a clear idea how to reach success.”
Goodison Park should be buzzing on this occasion and the omens look good for Ancelotti to get off to a flying start.
Everton have scored the league’s highest share of goals in the first half this season, while Burnley are second lowest in this department.
Looking at the Everton vs Burnley odds, we like 5/4 for the Toffees to be leading at the break.
Last Everton line-up: Pickford, Holgate, Digne, Mina, Sidibe, Delph, Sigurdsson, Davies, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Iwobi.
A Look At Burnley’s Betting Odds
Burnley went into the Festive period in the top half of the table following back-to-back 1-0 wins over Newcastle at home and Bournemouth away.
Clarets boss Sean Dyche celebrated the 50th Premier League victory of his managerial career after substitute Jay Rodriguez struck in the 89th minute at Vitality Stadium.
Speaking about his milestone victory, Dyche declared: “It doesn’t sound a lot but it’s tough, you must have enough games in you to get 50, so I was pleased with that.”
However, Rodriguez’s scruffy finish was the only attempt on target of a dismal south coast encounter littered with free-kicks.
The Clarets’ direct, physical approach had brought chants of ‘boring, boring Burnley’ and ‘how do you watch this every week?’ from unimpressed home supporters.
Dyche insisted: “It’s a rarity that you keep teams from not having a shot on target – and if you keep two back to back, that’s certainly even more rare.
“You’ve got to find a way to win. We found a way against Newcastle and in another awkward game here.”
Seven of Burnley’s last eight top-flight fixtures have seen at least one team fail to score, while the same applies to 13 of Everton’s last 18 home matches.
Punters can get 87/100 for ‘no’ in the market on whether both teams will score here and that completes our Everton vs Burnley betting tips.
Last Burnley line-up: Pope, Taylor, Tarkowski, Mee, Bardsley, Cork, McNeil, Hendrick, Westwood, Wood, Barnes.
EVERTON 0-0 Arsenal
Bournemouth 0-1 BURNLEY – Jay Rodriguez
Head-to-head: Burnley 1-0 Everton, Everton 2-0 Burnley, Burnley 1-5 Everton, Burnley 2-1 Everton, Everton 0-1 Burnley
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