Ashley Williams returns from a one-game ban and will likely go straight back into the starting XI
Just three home games remain for Everton in 2016-17 as they try and push their way into the top six on the back of what has been phenomenal home form since the turn of the year.
The Blues can set a Premier League record of eight successive home wins this weekend if they can beat Burnley who have yet to win away from home this season. The Clarets have relied on their own home form to keep them clear of relegation danger so far and they travel to Merseyside sitting in 12th place, eights points clear of the bottom three.
For Ronald Koeman's Everton, a second successive game at Goodison Park offers the opportunity to move into fifth place in the table, at least until Arsenal, who travel to struggling Middlesbrough, and Manchester United, who host Champions-elect Chelsea, tomorrow and to sustain the momentum for more difficult assignments to come in the final few matches of the campaign.
The Dutchman is boosted by the return from suspension of defender Ashley Williams who missed last weekend's win over Leicester City as he served a one-game ban for his sending off at Old Trafford but will have an otherwise unchanged squad from which to choose.
Muhamed Besic made his long-awaited return to action earlier in the week following his recovery from a ruptured ACL with 45 minutes for the Under-23s but the Bosnian is not expected to be involved at first team level just yet.
Brendan Galloway also featured for the second string for the first time this season after returning from a loan spell at West Bromwich Albion but the terms of his release from the Baggies stipulate that he can only play at U23s level.
Koeman would not be expected to make too many changes for this one given how well his charges fared last weekend. He made just one substitution in that game, withdrawing Morgan Schneiderlin with 17 minutes left as a precaution following his two-game injury lay-off, a reflection of his confidence in the players on the pitch to finish the job on the vanquished Foxes.
Kevin Mirallas's energetic and feisty display should see him keep his place playing off Romelu Lukaku up front while Matthew Pennington will likely make way for Williams at the back.
Sean Dyche, meanwhile, can recall the fit-again Steven Defour but has to make a decision over the match fitness of Johann Berg Gudmundsson after his recent recovery from a knee injury.
Koeman was particularly perplexed at how his side had managed to lose the reverse fixture at Turf Moor so while he will be wary of Burnley's strengths, he may also have a particular desire for revenge in this game. His Toffees are, however, a different proposition these days to the one that was sloppy and profligate with possession in that encounter last October.
Better with the ball and more incisive up front, Everton should have too much for the Clarets who have notched just nine goals on their travels all season.
Kick-off: 3pm, 15th April, 2017
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Last Time: Everton 1-0 Burnley
Predicted Line-up: Robles, Holgate, Jagielka, Williams, Baines, Schneiderlin, Gueye, Davies, Barkley, Mirallas, Lukaku
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1 Posted 15/04/2017 at 03:47:25
Not this time though.
Everton 4-0 Burnley. A Lukaku brace, one for Mirallas and another for the goal machine that is Jagielka.
2 Posted 15/04/2017 at 05:49:43
The words "Incredible" and "Moment" are also discouraged.
3 Posted 15/04/2017 at 05:50:37
What an utter rotter.
4 Posted 15/04/2017 at 06:04:46
5 Posted 15/04/2017 at 06:28:31
Arsenal still have to play Spurs, Man Utd and us. Man Utd still have to play Chelsea, Man City and Spurs. These games would hopefully cancel out their games in hand.
We do have winnable games left with Chelsea a tough one. We are at home though.
The last game of the season against Arsenal could be a huge game. A win for us against Arsenal on the last day of the season, a little bit of revenge for recent seasons as well maybe.
6 Posted 15/04/2017 at 06:47:53
7 Posted 15/04/2017 at 07:53:01
8 Posted 15/04/2017 at 08:10:58
9 Posted 15/04/2017 at 08:11:50
10 Posted 15/04/2017 at 08:18:45
11 Posted 15/04/2017 at 08:19:37
12 Posted 15/04/2017 at 08:24:55
13 Posted 15/04/2017 at 08:37:10
14 Posted 15/04/2017 at 08:42:15
15 Posted 15/04/2017 at 08:44:34
He's outgrown Everton apparently.
16 Posted 15/04/2017 at 09:08:02
17 Posted 15/04/2017 at 09:15:20
18 Posted 15/04/2017 at 09:22:56
Anyone who has followed the Blues over a sustained period will inevitably fear, as you do, our past habit of being generous to those in need of a goal or a win.
Hopefully, however, our form since January 2017 and the new found steel in the team augers well for the future. It may soon seem a distant past since the type of scenario you describe went hand in glove with Everton FC. I, for one, hope and trust it is onwards and upward to a bright future.
Lord knows, we have suffered enough false dawns. People are already starting to talk again,about "Fortress Goodison". Long may it continue.
19 Posted 15/04/2017 at 09:24:54
20 Posted 15/04/2017 at 09:44:55
21 Posted 15/04/2017 at 09:46:31
22 Posted 15/04/2017 at 09:49:34
Stekelenburg, Pennington, Kenny, Barry, Lookman, Calvert-Lewin, Valencia.
I would like to see Valencia get some game time & Lookman too. While Barry will most likely come off the bench also.
Other than that, I hope we might switch to a back three at some point in the game, situation dependent of course. With Kenny slotting in at right wingback.
23 Posted 15/04/2017 at 09:53:47
So 4-3 to us.
24 Posted 15/04/2017 at 09:59:01
25 Posted 15/04/2017 at 10:07:03
"One morning I woke up and I knew that you were gone.
A new day, a new way, I knew I should see it along.
Go your way, I'll go mine and carry on.
The sky is clearing and the night has gone out.
The sun, he come, the world is all full of light.
Rejoice, rejoice, we have no choice but to carry on.
The fortunes of fables are able to sing the song.
Now witness the quickness with which we get along.
To sing the blues you've got to live the tunes and carry on.
Carry on, love is coming, love is coming to us all."
Moved on to Judy Blue Eyes - - wondrous:
"Something inside is telling me that I've got your secret. Are you still listening?
Fear is the lock and laughter the key to your heart and I love you.
I am yours, you are mine, you are what you are
And you make it hard, and you make it hard, and you make it hard, and you make it hard."
Took some time over my second coffee to have a quick read of Walt Whitman - -well it is Saturday - - “Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you.” - - Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch.”
Made me wander onto Van The Man - - Rave on John Donne Live - - I close my eyes and Van's voice and ramblings lift my spirits and I fly over New Brighton like Ivan at the beginning of Tarkovsky's Ivan's Childhood - - "Rave on, Walt Whitman, nose down in wet grass".
Van - - "Turn it up, turn it up, little bit higher, radio
Turn it up, that's enough, so you know it's got soul"
Listening to a bit of soul - - Marvin Gaye, Curtis and some Temptations and remembering my green Herringbone Harris Tweed suit with a black silk hankie in the breast pocket - - yellow Ben Sherman button down collar and Ox Blood Comos - - CI Sunday and does anyone remember Monday Night at Reeces in Clayton Square next to Owen Owens - - Monday night was soul night - - Tamla and Atlantic - - Otis, Wilson Picket, James and Bobby Purify - - you could find a different place every night of the week for dancing - - loved the Mardi - - and later started going to The Babalou on Thursdays listening to West Coast stuff - -jumping around to Steppenwolf and Free - - hair longer - - suits gone - - baggie kecks with the little belt on the back and green stripe Dunlop pumps - - bought from the big Co-op in London Road - - coloured silk scarf tied around my neck
- - woweee.
Listening to different bits of music and letting my soul and spirit fly into the mystic - - I love getting ready for my Saturday visit to Le Maison Noir - - walking along Smith Street onto Westminster Road - - passing Whittle Street where I would get the 33 bus to school - - the magic number 33 - - wonder if that's why I am who I am - - excuse me Mr Camus - - they were indeed magic days - - and today onto TDH - - take some early photos of the gang for our FB Page (The Dark House Blues) - - get my bet on via Mick The Bookie - - 4-0 of course - - do the coupon with gang (one of the reasons I love Saturday KO's) - - gas about last week's game - - wait for team news off Liam The Team (my grandson) - - after the game we stay for "scouse and butties" and when TDH empties a little around 8.00pm we do our Everton quiz - - been doing the quiz in TDH for 35+ years - - fabulous - - still very serious and competitive. Love it.
Sun is now bouncing through the windows - - crackling off the roofs like something from Signac - - my window is open a little - - gonna play a little Debusssy - - I close my eyes and it is as if "sound a perfume swirl in the evening air" - -
For anyone interested we are hosting a Yellow House Fundraising Night this coming Thursday at Tom Halls Tavern bottom of Brunswick Street on the corner of The Goree - - around 7.30 - - live music and I will be doing - - well something - - - like Cool Hand Luke "I aint never planned nothing in my life" - - I will just be doing some floating on the Astral poetry and stories - - £2 on the door - - all proceeds to keep Yellow House going.
Well have to go for tidy up and dressage - - Gosia will drive me in her chariot under the magical River toward TDH and beyond Goodison - - wait a minute - - a quick run to my side window - - yes I can see the roof - - shimmering there in the distance - -
"And now I see with eye serene
The very pulse of the machine;
A being breathing thoughtful breath,
A traveller between life and death:
The reason firm, the temperate will,
Endurance, foresight, strength, and skill;
A perfect Woman, nobly plann'd
To warn, to comfort, and command;
And yet a Spirit still, and bright
With something of an angel light.”
Cosmic grooves to all Blues - - Shine On . . . and on . . . and on.
26 Posted 15/04/2017 at 10:12:05
I really really hope (almost expect) we get Keane in, in the summer.
What a signing that will be!
A goalkeeper, CB, LB, CM, CAM, winger & striker.
Iheanacho (he can clearly see what we did for Lukaku's career & being second choice, instead of 3rd choice at City, we could convince him).
Coleman Keane Williams Baines
Idrissa Schneiderlin Davies
Robles, Funes Mori, Chilwell, Tielemans, Mirallas, Iheanacho
GK: Pickford / Robles / Stekelenburg / Hewelt
RB: Coleman / Kenny / Connolly / Jones
RCB: Keane / Holgate / Jagielka / Pennington
LCB: Williams / Funes Mori / Galloway
LB: Baines / Chilwell / Robinson
RCM: Idrissa / McCarthy / Walsh
CDM: Schneiderlin / Barry / Besic
LCM: Tielemans / Davies / J Williams
RAM: Barkley / Bolasie / Lookman
LAM: Sigurdsson / Mirallas / Calvert-Lewin
ST: Lukaku / Iheanacho / Sambou
27 Posted 15/04/2017 at 10:44:20
I'm getting there early to take in the uncovered tile floor in St Georges, something I've wanted to see for years (and not just for the blue Liver bird featured in one of the designs).
You do know how to make people feel homesick even after 45 years down south!
28 Posted 15/04/2017 at 10:48:15
Lovely Joni Mitchell - - and you are of course in for a special treat with the wondrous floor at St.George's Hall - - and then onto Goodison - - call in The Dark House - - The Barlow Arms on Barlows Lane (Wessie Road).
Cosmic grooves all the way - - George.
29 Posted 15/04/2017 at 10:56:55
30 Posted 15/04/2017 at 11:04:13
31 Posted 15/04/2017 at 11:04:29
32 Posted 15/04/2017 at 11:08:51
33 Posted 15/04/2017 at 11:14:39
Loved your oxblood como's always wore them and black ones, not sure about the rest of your outfit in those days but each to his own.
Here's a poser for your quiz : which famous former player managed a club for seven years and the club never had a team during that time. It wasn't during the war. Give you the answer next week if nobody gets it, but knowing Scousers ( and Evertonians ) some one will answer it two minutes after you ask it.
Good luck and good health always George.
34 Posted 15/04/2017 at 11:24:39
35 Posted 15/04/2017 at 11:26:17
36 Posted 15/04/2017 at 11:29:42
Obviously being a small town club they no longer have the resources to challenge at the top end of the league. I think it will be our toughest home game for a while, and a chance to see Michael Keane. I hope we sign him; he looks a class act.
So I am going for 1-0 home win, to keep our good home record and put a little bit of pressure on Arsenal and Man Utd.
37 Posted 15/04/2017 at 11:32:40
Off to TDH - - Up The Blues.
39 Posted 15/04/2017 at 11:49:03
"...By the turn of the century a crop of branches had opened up in the surrounding area and the Flemings name had become well and truly established. Once youth culture took hold in the fifties the jeans made the transition from work wear to leisure wear, becoming the jeans of choice for the city's Teddy Boys. From the Ted's thru to Mods of the 60's, then skinheads of the 70's and a brief period for the scouse smoothies in 1980.
The label would go into decline during the nineties due to the heavy competition from imported brands. A part of Liverpool's heritage was lost in 1998 when the last remaining Flemings shop on Walton Road closed its doors for the last time."
Was a bit of a "skinhead" in the early 70's till I discovered "Deep Purple" Then the "hair" just grew and grew :-)
40 Posted 15/04/2017 at 12:01:12
41 Posted 15/04/2017 at 12:16:34
42 Posted 15/04/2017 at 12:33:18
43 Posted 15/04/2017 at 12:33:40
Don't forget Sam Cooke and the great Levi Stubbs, Aretha and Irma and the Funk Brothers who along with Booker T and the MGs drove the music.
Lovely thoughts George, win your bet and cosmic grooves.
44 Posted 15/04/2017 at 12:36:40
45 Posted 15/04/2017 at 12:38:12
46 Posted 15/04/2017 at 12:49:06
Hope El Teflon has not been experimenting with that spice again.
47 Posted 15/04/2017 at 12:51:40
I look forward to it every home game. Gives me that warm feeling inside and almost makes me forget about the negative.
And Micheal (#27), listening to the great girl herself, Joni. Which album, Micheal? Because she's made some absolute gems...
It seems strange to know a lot of our fans of a certain age have the same musical tastes as myself. I'd like to ask the two aforementioned gentlemen what they think of the late great John Martyn? To me... non pareil...
Oh the match. Lukaku 1st goal and us 4-0 that's what I'm doing again anyway. Cosmic grooves all the way, Georgie baby Right just about to put on Van and Georgie Fame. Who can I turn to? Marvellous.
48 Posted 15/04/2017 at 12:53:14
Ironically I think Murdoch has more than a few grubby fingers in this so-called radio station. Back to the footy.
I would love to see Koeman late on, that is, if we're about 4-0 to the good go three at the back and give Jonjoe a run-out at right-wingback.
49 Posted 15/04/2017 at 13:24:43
50 Posted 15/04/2017 at 13:25:59
They have a 'take no prisoners' attitude so we will have to expect a tough physical battle and hopefully steer clear of injuries.
51 Posted 15/04/2017 at 13:35:15
52 Posted 15/04/2017 at 13:36:16
Thanks for reminding me about Della, I'd forgotten about her. 'I Believe' And 'It's Magic' from memory, which is always dangerous. I used to hear her on Family Favourites of a Sunday.
I think she became a Minister late in life.
53 Posted 15/04/2017 at 13:37:33
I'd like to see Kenny get a run also. We are going to need an attacking wingback before Seamus is ready again.
55 Posted 15/04/2017 at 13:37:53
Good luck to you, Geri lad.
56 Posted 15/04/2017 at 13:49:06
Your post couldn't be further from the vile, putrid excuse for a human being that has just got his paper banned from EFC, please keep them coming.
As you've cheered me up I'm gonna do your favoured 4-0 bet too. Cosmic grooves! 😀
57 Posted 15/04/2017 at 14:08:56
9 goals for and 30 against. With three nil-nils and one 1-1 draw means they've only gained 4 points from their "Take no prisoners" attitude...
Whether it be 4-0 or not I still see three points for a home game where momentum is a key factor.
58 Posted 15/04/2017 at 14:14:26
Chris, I hope we are all singing today and in the future, I get the feeling we are on the way back and upwards. Or it could just be George putting us all in a good mood.
59 Posted 15/04/2017 at 14:19:08
Robles,Baines, Williams Jagielka, Holgate, Schneiderlin, Gana, Barkley, Davies, Lukaku, Mirallas.
Subs: Barry, Valencia, Stekelenburg, Calvert-Lewin, Lookman, Pennington, Kenny.
60 Posted 15/04/2017 at 14:19:51
I will have a listen. I've got a soft spot for these standards.
I think we are starting the way back, but a bit to go yet. So the optimism is definitely boosted by George's cosmic Grooves, massively uplifting of a Saturday.
61 Posted 15/04/2017 at 20:07:00
Anyway, Andy @47, it's my own compilation from most of Joni's albums, though given my age most of them are the early ones (hence the Crosby, Stills & Nash follow on).
And George, I couldn't make the Dark House... Was meeting my brother all the way from Mold, yes, in the shadow of Moel Fammau. You couldn't make it up, could you (well, some could, but they're banned now!)
Oh, good result, not great... over to the right thread. Night all, Euston approaches.
62 Posted 18/04/2017 at 08:18:14
A quick visit to the fantastic Squawka stats site will confirm he sits 3rd in the Premier League list. 50% clean sheets is something we only dreamed of until recently. All this with multiple back 4 variations in front of him.
Yes he has made a couple of errors recently, but Lukaku never misses when clean through on goal, does he?
For those touting the likes of Joe Hart, go look at their stats, and keep very quiet!
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