Fulltime Thoughts - Comfortable win in the end, though the Blues fully deserved it with that first half performance. The last goal the Blues conceded at Goodison Park was back on February 6th against Manchester City, a truly impressive defensive record to finish the season with, eight clean sheets in the last ten games.
FT: #EFC 2 (1.85 xG)#BurnleyFC 0 (0.86)— Infogol (@InfoGolApp) May 3, 2019
Everton good value for the three points. Burnley improve in that second half, going close through Gudmundsson (0.39). The Toffees continue their quest for a #UEL spot.#EVEBUR shot map https://t.co/CVUYXQbaxd pic.twitter.com/RxURdWCjH2
90’+3’ - Walcott finds himself alone with Heaton but can’t beat the goalie, and then Lookman’s shot goes straight to the goalie.
90’ - We’ll have three more minutes of football at Goodison Park, and Phil Jagielka is coming on.. for his final Goodison park appearance??
Who’s cutting onions around here....
88’ - Lookman dances around outside the box, then spins and fires off a fierce shot left footed, beats Heaton but bounces off the woodwork.
86’ - Lookman curls one in on goal just inches ahead of Sigurdsson, ball bounces through to Heaton.
Seconds later DCL has a clear sight at goal from outside the box, but scuffs his shot straight at the goalie.
82’ - Burnley are trying their darnedest to get a goal back, but the Blues are doing enough to dissuade them.
Coleman almost has a memorable goal/assist as he breaks into the Clarets’ box and tries to chip Heaton, but the goalie stands tall and plucks it out of the air.
75’ - Matej Vydra hurls himself to the ground as Keane goes shoulder to shoulder on him just outside the box.. the ref waves play on and Burnley are incensed. The defender did give him the forearm shiver, and we have seen similar penalties given, Baines against AFC Bournemouth comes to mind.
73’ - It’s Bernard off and Lookman on. The Brazilian gets a good round of applause from the home fans.
70’ - Blues happy to sit back, let Burnley throw themselves forward and hit them on the counter. Ademola Lookman is warming up now.
Burnley have brought on their shiny new prospect Dwight McNeil. More on him in the Q&A we did with No Nay Never, the Burnley podcast.
62’ - Burnley counter finds the Blues stretched, ball into the middle goes over Barnes and Gudmundsson deflects it over.
Everton counter immediately and DCL gets a shot off from outside the box, but it’s well over. Disappointing spell for the hosts right now.
58’ - Blues playing a bit too fast and loose right now. Luckily Burnley have been awful with the ball so far, but it’s time to tighten things up a bit. As we say that the Clarets get their first shot on goal, Chris Wood finding Pickford from a Jack Cork header.
55’ - Sigurdsson and Bernard try a short corner routine but the Brazilian slips and the ball goes out.
50’ - Schneiderlin makes a fantastic interception as the last man, with Burnley winning their first corner of the game. Cleared.
46’ - Blues win a corner within seconds of resumption, enduing up with Michael Keane getting a cushioned header on goal, saved by Heaton.
Richarlison down holding his ribs, which saw him leave against Manchester United. Theo Walcott will be coming on now. Not quite how he would have wanted to leave Goodison for the last time this season, gets a warm round of applause as he walks off gingerly.
Halftime Thoughts - The Blues have been utterly dominant, and just like the last time they played Burnley, they’ve completely overrun Sean Dyche’s side. Man, if only Everton played like this all season long.. unrealistic I know, but still such a joy to watch.
45+1’ - Blues lead 2-0 at the break, having slowed up a little after putting Burnley through an absolutely torrid first half an hour or so.
43’ - Bernard slides in Sigurdsson from a narrow angle and the Icelander blasts over with Heaton rushing out.
37’ - Ashley Westwood booked but very lucky to still be on the pitch. Goes flying in on Schneiderlin with studs showing, rakes them down the midfielder’s thigh leaving a very nasty set of welts.
35’ - Burnley pull one back.. or so they think but the offside flag is up against Ashley Barnes. The ball goes the the other way and DCL gets a header in the box but it’s over and wide.
30’ - The one-way traffic continues as Everton keep attacking the Clarets. The Everton players are full of vim and vigour today, attacking everything that moves and transitioning the ball forward quickly.
23’ - The last time the Blues led 2-0 after twenty minutes? Also against Burnley, lol.
20’ - Another one!! Seamus Coleman gets a goal too! The Blues are rampaging forward and Scheniderlin steals the ball, and sets up Digne for a shot from distance which Heaton parries, and little Seamus is on hand to head home the rebound!
16’ - There’s the goal!! Richarlison! DCL holds the ball on a break, cuts in and finds Sigurdsson who sets up the Brazilian for a left-footed shot from about 25 yards out.. and it’s going wide but deflects off Ben Mee’s knee in at the far post away from Tom Heaton. 1-0 Everton.
10’ - Everton are moving the ball with some fluency and are looking very dangerous, until they hit the solid block of black shirts in the Burnley box that is - 85% possession for the Blues.
The Toffees also have five shot attempts in the first ten minutes. The last time they did that? Boxing Day 2018, also against Burnley.
6’ - A Sigurdsson nutmeg finds Richarlison in the box, his snapshot is blocked for a corner. Gueye gets a shot from that, but it’s blocked. Burnley defending with all eleven behind the ball right now.
1’ - Gueye gets us underway. Blues almost get in with some very intricate passing in the Burnley half, but nothing comes of it. Digne’s corner goes to Sigurdsson at the far post unmarked, but his volley is driven into the ground and cleared.
Schneiderlin vs Davies - always a contentious point, and once again it comes up. The simplest way to explain it would be - Davies is most effective at attacking the ball, where his speed and mobility are best utilized while Schneiderlin is most effective when Everton will dominate possession and his strengths of pass distribution and passing range can come into play. Check out our Twitter feed for some interesting takes on this.
Starting lineups - Marco Silva has opted to make no changes, sticking with the same side that started at Crystal Palace. There was an opportunity here to maybe sit Morgan Schneiderlin and Dominic Calvert-Lewin and go with Tom Davies and Cenk Tosun, but looks like the manager is looking for continuity instead.
The Holy Trinity - Everton today celebrated a trio of former players who have gone down in history as three of the very best to have pulled on the royal blue with the unveiling of a statue across from the historic St. Luke’s Church, adding another landmark to the Goodison Park area. Read more here -
Everton finish off the home portion of the 2018-19 Premier League season today with a game against Burnley. Neither side really have anything to play for but pride at this point - the Blues are almost out of touch of Wolverhampton in the race for seventh while the visitors have secured survival from relegation in a remarkable turnaround since the last time the two sides played on Boxing Day.
Marco Silva in his pre-match press conference insisted that he wanted his side giving it their all in the remaining two games against the Clarets and Tottenham Hotspur, in an attempt to finish off the season on the same high that has seen the Blues comfortably beat three of the top six and pick up an incredible run of seven clean sheets in the last nine fixtures.
Date and start time: Friday, May 3rd at 12:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m ET / 8:00 p.m. BST
Weather: 50°F/10°C, mostly cloudy, 0% chance of precipitation, 23 kmph winds
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Starting XI: Pickford; Digne, Zouma, Keane, Coleman; Gueye, Schneiderlin; Bernard, Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin
Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Jagielka, Davies, Walcott, Lookman, Tosun
Starting XI: Heaton, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Cork, Westwood, Brady; Barnes, Wood
Subs: Hendrick, Gibson, Crouch, Hart, Vydra, Long, McNeil
The Blues got off to a flying start in the away leg of this game, seeking revenge after a 6-2 humbling at home at the hands of Tottenham. It was Boxing Day and Sean Dyche’s men looked hungover as the Blues raced into a three-goal lead, before leaving Turf Moor with a 5-1 result in their pockets.
Last season at Goodison Park the Blues lost 1-0 and followed that up with a 2-1 loss away to allow the Clarets to complete the double on their way to 7th and a berth in the Europa League this season.