90+3’ - Richarlison! The Blues make it five with seconds left on the clock, the Brazilian sub with the cherry on top. Fantastic pass from Sigurdsson.
Richie rips off his shirt in celebration and will get a booking.
90’ - Idrissa Gueye picks up a needless booking for simulation going down rather easily.
89’ - Gudmundsson tries to emulate Digne with a freekick from distance, skims ove rthe bar with Pickford having that covered.
84’ - Burnley still trying. Cross across the box comes close to a number of Clarets players.
Corner from Everton’s left comes in, Keane clears.
80’ - Tom Davies coming on for Bernard who has been walking gingerly. Good effort from the Brazilian today.
75’ - Andre Gomes coming off for Idrissa Gueye now. He’s had a tidy day in the middle, but Blues will be very, very relieved to see Gana back on the pitch.
71’ - Oh Walcott! Runs into a poor backpass and Hart was quick off his line to foil him. The corner is cleared and falls to Digne about twenty-five yards out.. and his low laser finds the far corner for 4-1!!
Everton's fourth goal was nice pic.twitter.com/l2z1eAslwQ— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) December 26, 2018
The 40 goals Burnley have conceded so far surpasses their entire total for last season.
69’ - Richie immediately into the thick of things, his run to the byline is not matched by a good center to the waiting Walcott, and it’s cleared for a corner.
Keane gets to Digne’s corner from the left but his header is over the bar.
67’ - Richarlison is Everton’s first substitution, coming on for Dominic Calvert-Lewin. DCL has shown off his workrate but has not gotten much joy against Burnley’s physical defence.
65’ - Smart break from Bernard at pace.. finds Sigurdsson in the box and his shot is blocked. Blues win a corner from that and it’s cleared away despite the Toffees protestations of a push in the box.
63’ - Burnley make two subs, both are wingers. Let’s see what shape they take, you feel Silva is waiting to see what they do before making his subs.
56’ - Bernard getting manhandled here, multiple fouls on him, some called and some not. Quite the physical test for him today.
49’ - Blues living dangerously here. Give away another silly freekick. It’s hoofed into the box and Tarkowski gets on the end of that completely unmarked, but lofts it over. Yeesh.
46’ - Everton late to come out after the half. What has Silva told the players? No changes that we can see.
Halftime Thoughts - Silva will be quite pleased to see how things have worked out with his formation. Unfortunately, it might be working too well as this is not quite the lineup to defend a lead, and with both his midfielders booked, what changes will he make?
45+4’ - Route 1 football here to finish the half, it’s still 3-1 at halftime.
45+2’ - Burnley win another corner, it comes into the six-yard box and Pickford bravely rises in the sea of giants and punches it away. The hosts are putting on some late pressure as the Blues are just looking to get to the break.
42’ - Excellent one-touch passing sequence sees Theo Walcott once again through on goal with a lovely move but can’t find the shot. That happens just way too often.
39’ - Bernard down on the ground, looked to have pulled a muscle slipping on the pitch. He looks quite unhappy, has played very well so far.
36’ - Pickford with a spectacular save! Everton gave away another silly freekick by the right touchline, the freekick comes in and Ashley Barnes gets a header on goal that the goalie parries away.
Corner comes in deep, and Tarkowski’s header is somewhat cleared off the line by Pickford and Keane.. everyone stands still and Gibson bundles it home. Poor from the Blues there.
30’ - Now Andre Gomes gives away a bad freekick, and picks up a yellow card too. The freekick from the middle is lofted into the box and Seamus Coleman completely leveled by Ben Gibson flying in. Both players receive attention, but are up and about.
26’ - Matthew Lowton takes out DCL and goes in the book.
22’ - Sigurdsson looking very hungry today, but gets in trouble for a bad tackle, picking up a booking.
He follows it up with another foul a couple of minutes later and the home fans are booing wanting to see him sent off.
DCL also looking unhappy, holding his right ankle.
20’ - Bernard nips the ball of James Tarkowski and is through on goal, but his shot is blocked for a corner. Everton have been threatening at these.. ball comes in and it’s a PENALTY! Ben Mee clearly handled that and Michael Oliver points at the spot.
Gylfi Sigurdsson steps up after a high-profile miss, but sends Hart the wrong way! 3-0!!
12’ - Bernard has started very well today, puts DCL through and he is clattered outside the box. Needless foul for Burnley to give away just outside the box on the left.
Sigurdsson and Digne standing over it.. the Frenchman steps up and WHAT A GOAL!! Right into the top corner and nothing Joe Hart could do about that! 2-0 to the Blues!
9’ - Silva’s decision to go with the Gomes and Sigurdsson pairing in the middle making sense so far.
4’ - Blues win another corner, cleared away and Mina gets on the end of another cross into the box, but it goes wide this time. Everton have come out pumped up today, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin showing plenty of life up top.
1’ - We’re underway here at Turf Moor Seamus Coleman wins an early corner for Lucas Digne to take.. cleared away and Bernard returns the ball to the box and YERRY MINA SCORES! His first for the Blues!
That goal is Everton’s 7,000th in the top flight, the first team to hit that mark.
Lineups - Marco Silva makes some pretty radical changes - if the formation holds as advertised it will be the first time the Blues have lined up in a 3-4-3 under him.
Three defenders against Burnley seems a little excessive, but then this also makes sense as the Clarets have a pretty average midfield and getting the two best players in the middle in a position to succeed makes sense. Width shouldn’t be an issue with Digne and Coleman pushed further forward, allowing Bernard and Walcott to play in the channels more.
Everton have picked up just two points in their last five Premier League games, dropping from sixth to eleventh in that bad run. The Blues now go to Burnley, the team that unseated them from seventh last season.
The Clarets have suffered from the same Europa League syndrome that the Toffees did last season, crashing out in the group stages and faltering in the Premier League at the same time.
The less said about last weekend’s debacle against Tottenham Hotspur the better, but all Blue eyes will be on Marco Silva and his charges and their reaction to that hiding.
Date and start time: Wednesday, December 26th at 7:00am PT / 10:00am ET / 3:00pm BST
Stadium: Turf Moor Stadium, Burnley, England, United Kingdom
Weather: 47°F/8°C, cloudy, 9% chance of precipitation, 7 mph winds
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Starting XI: Pickford; Mina, Zouma, Keane; Digne, Sigurdsson, Gomes, Coleman; Bernard, Calvert-Lewin, Walcott
Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Jagielka, Gueye, Davies, Richarlison, Niasse
Starting XI: Hart; Lowton, Gibson, Tarkowski, Mee(C), Taylor; Westwood, Cork, Hendrick; Barnes, Vokes.
The last two times the two sides met were utterly dire affairs - the Blues losing 1-0 at home in October before Cenk Tosun’s goal was in vain as Everton lost 2-1 away at Turf Moor in March.