Fulltime Thoughts - Everton paid for their slow start and overall lax play by only picking up a point when three were there to be had. This was not the performance to build confidence going into a much, much tougher December schedule.
90+4’ - Iwobi beats his man down the right but overcooks his cross and there’s the game. 1-1 final score.
90+2’ - Everton have been caught with men upfield and are lucky McNeil scuffs his shot and hits it wide when he had Pickford and the goal at his mercy. Took a lucky ricochet for Mina and Keane to be beaten and to fall to the young winger.
90’ - Keane with a brave header to clear a corner. He’s been excellent for sure against his former side.
Ohh Sig! James finds his fellow #10 weaving through the defence, and the Icelander’s shot to the far post is saved brilliantly by Pope. He’s been excellent today too.
88’ - Ancelotti is going for broke here, pulls off Allan and throws Cenk Tosun into the mix. No defensive midfielders on the pitch now.
83’ - Brilliant save from Pickford! Chris Wood wins a header from a corner, and it’s going away from the goalie, but he palms it away really well for another corner which is then cleared.
80’ - Ashley Barnes beats Godfrey and crosses in, Mina does very well to clear for a corner. That is cleared securely.
Ancelotti’s second change of the day will be Gylfi Sigurdsson on for Doucoure.
78’ - Charlie Taylor wins a cheap freekick off Doucoure on the left wing. Westwood’s inswinger is blocked, falls to Brownhill to shoot, blocked for a corner, which Mina clears.
75’ - Blues are passing the ball around well, and the ideas and energy look good, but Burnley’s defensive discipline is holding up.
69’ - Ooh chance! Allan and Doucoure step up and find Iwobi in acres of space. From the goalline his low cut back is to James and a defender gets a block in.
65’ - Everton have been the better side in the second half so far, but it’s still anyone’s game.
DCL does well to clear a corner and Allan blocks the follow-up shot by goalscorer Brady.
60’ - Keane with an excellent threading the needle pass that finds James on the move, his ball in to Richarlison is deflected for a corner.
54’ - Godfrey does well to close Brady down, but gives up a corner. Pickford goes up for it and is pushed, foul.
51’ - Everton looking very fluid on the ball. Doucoure finds Iwobi who returns the favour, comes out to James who curls in a shot with his left foot, and Pope does well to parry clear for a corner. Very nice football here.
46’ - Second half underway and Everton get right into them. Good cross from the right by DCL and both Richarlison and Gomes get shots blocked before the ref calls for offside.
Halftime Thoughts - Everton definitely got better after the formation change and deserve to be level. The energy is better, the movement is better and overall they look better.
HT: #PremierLeague #EPL#BurnelyFC 1 (0.55 xG) #EFC 1 (1.36 xG)— Infogol (@InfogolApp) December 5, 2020
Brady (3%) gives the hosts the lead, but Calvert-Lewin levels the score on the stroke of half-time. #BUREVE shot map ➡️ https://t.co/MjXPtutsoK pic.twitter.com/JdJ8lIg9YP
45+3’ - Calvert-Lewin has another shot on goal but it’s blocked for a corner, but the ref has seen enough and blows for the break. 1-1 at halftime.
45+2’ - GOAL!! It’s 1-1, Calvert-Lewin from Richarlison!
Some controversy here as Westwood goes down easily under pressure from Allan, referee Anthony Taylor has no problem with it and Richarlison runs free down the left, and a lovely low cross into the box is past Pope and DCL pops up with a deft touch to guide it into the far corner.
45’ - Brownhill is down after colliding with Andre Gomes, looks like he got an inadvertent forearm to the side of the face. He’s back up now.
41’ - Richarlison with an excellent cross into the box that is headed out for a corner. The corner is taken short and curled in, Pope comes out claim it.
Save! Pope’s goalkick is long to Wood, who finds McNeil for a give and go, and is clear on goal but Pickford comes out smartly to block.
39’ - Burnley get their first corner of the game, dangerous and Pickford comes out to punch it clear.
36’ - Richarlison running with the ball strongly, fires one under guard on his left foot but it’s wide.
34’ - Everton seem rejuvenated by the change, they’re pressing with more vigour and looking generally more alive.
30’ - It’s a formation change for the Blues, as Godfrey goes to the left back position, Iwobi at right back and it’ll be four in the back.
27’ - Fabian Delph makes his first contribution to the game with a dribble, and it quickly becomes his last too as he pulls a hamstring. He indicates to the bench that his game is done, and will be replaced by Andre Gomes.
22’ - Doucoure overcommits and is beaten just outside the box, and Brownhill fires in a snapshot that is just wide, Pickford looked beaten again at the same post he had conceded at.
20’ - Now Doucoure’s poor pass catches Allan short and Burnley break, requires Pickford to come out smartly.
16’ - Allan has been the goat of the game so far. His misplaced pass has been accompanied by another couple of turnovers so far. Not what you’d expect from someone of his experience.
13’ - Chance! Everton on the break now, Richarlison fouled and the ref plays on. Iwobi with a delightful low cross that Dominic Calvert-Lewin gets a touch and the ball almost slips through Nick Pope’s legs.
Another break by Richarlison now, and Iwobi’s low cross from the right is intercepted by Pope. Better from the Blues.
12’ - Poor throw out from Pickford to Delph intercepted by Matthew Lowton, who sends in a wicked cross and Ben Godfrey does very well to not allow a shot on goal.
10’ - Burnley have Everton chasing shadows, with the visitors struggling to maintain possession in the opposing half.
7’ - It’ll be a mountain to climb coming from behind against Burnley on their own turf.
3’ - Goal. A poor misplaced pass from Allan to Abdoulaye Doucoure who loses it, Robie Brady collects it about 25 yards out, and hammers it low into the far corner with Jordan Pickford beaten, again with no chance to get at it. That’ll be five goals now from distance that the England #1 has conceded. Going to be a long afternoon.
1’ - The hosts get us underway.
It'll be three in the back again, with Alex Iwobi and Fabian Delph as the wingbacks.
If Carlo Ancelotti’s comments yesterday are to be believed, Everton are still on track for what he thinks the Blues can achieve this season. Meanwhile, the maddening inconsistency from game-to-game —and often within the ninety minutes too— continues to frustrate the heck out of the Blues who have now been left longing for the swashbuckling football that started the campaign.
Burnley meanwhile are off to a miserable start that sees Sean Dyche’s side sitting in the relegation spots with only one win so far this season. They will certainly be motivated to get a result and will provide a challenge a bit different than what the Blues have face this season - an opponent that will bunker down with disciplined, massed ranks in defence.
The hosts’ aerial strength combined with the absence of Lucas Digne and likely Seamus Coleman means that the Blues’ modus operandi of peppering the box with crosses will have to be changed up - James Rodriguez’ guile will be needed to unlock the defence. Dyche’s 4-4-2 with double-6’s and using forwards Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil as wide midfielders failed spectacularly last weekend as Manchester City romped to a 5-0 win using width and runners into the box to get the goals, providing Ancelotti with a blueprint to follow.
Competition: Premier League Matchday 11
Date and start time: Saturday, December 5th at 4:30 a.m. PT / 7:30 a.m ET / 12:30 p.m. BST
Stadium: Turf Moor, Burnley, England, United Kingdom
Capacity: 22,546 (behind closed doors)
Weather: 38°F/3°C, mostly cloudy, 8% chance of precipitation, 8 mph winds
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Starting XI: Pickford, Godfrey, Keane, Mina, Delph, Doucoure, Allan, Iwobi, Rodriguez, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.
Subs: Lossl, Holgate, Sigurdsson, Tosun, Bernard, Gomes, Davies.
Starting XI: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, McNeil, Brownhill, Westwood, Brady, Wood, Rodriguez
Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Dunne, Long, Pieters, Vydra, Barnes, Benson
The last time Everton went to Turf Moor Marco Silva was still in charge, the Blues struggled to break down Burnley and lost 1-0. The only game Ancelotti has led the Blues against Burnley was at Goodison Park on Boxing Day last year, his first game in charge, with Everton prevailing thanks to a Dominic Calvert-Lewin goal.