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Everton v Burnley Premier League Preview

Without much left to play for, Roberto Martinez will have to make sure the Blues aren't caught out by the relegation threatened Clarets...

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Where: Goodison Park, Liverpool

When: 15:00 BST, Saturday 17th April

Referee: Mike Jones

Team News

Romelu Lukaku is set to return to the side after his hamstring problem, meaning the Toffees won't be stuck with Arouna Kone up top. However, Bryan Oviedo, Aiden McGeady, and Leon Osman are all doubts despite the former two returning to training this week. Darron Gibson and Tony Hibbert look likely to miss the rest of the season.

The Opposition

Meanwhile Burnley are at full strength except for long term absentees Dean Marney and Kevin Long. They will also be very fired up for this game, knowing their relegation rivals have hit form recently. QPR and Leicester have shown better performances lately, while the Clarets haven't won since their great victory over Manchester City on March 14. However, since then they have drawn with Tottenham and only lost 1-0 to the in form Arsenal, so the Blues will need to be wary.

What To Watch For

Hopefully with the return of Lukaku some semblance of attacking play will return, as both against Swansea City and Southampton we were lucky to score. While Steven Naismith works hard, he isn't great as a lone striker and the less said about the fortunes of Kone the better.

What we have been doing well recently is defend. With the return of John Stones, Phil Jagielka has looked far more assured at the back and as a result we have only conceded twice since that terrible night in Kiev. They should be able to continue this run, with Burnley main man Danny Ings having not scored in his last seven games.

However, the most important thing the players will need to show this weekend is desire. The game is a sell out, which is incredible when you consider how unimportant it is to us and the disappointment of the campaign so far. The fans who come will want to see 100% effort from a team that is now safe from relegation but unable to challenge for the European places.

The Final Word

While manager Sean Dyche will make sure the Turf Moor outfit run their hearts out on Saturday, the gulf in quality will surely be too much for Burnley. This may be sad as they are a much more likable team than QPR or Leicester City, but the Toffees should beat them 2-0 in the end and push their opposition towards relegation.