Fulltime Thoughts - Everton might just have blown their chances of making it into Europe next season with that performance and result. With ten games left to play there’s really no more room for slip-ups of this nature.
90+4’ - There’s the final whistle, Everton have lost at home for the seventh time this season.
90’ - Just three minutes added on by Jon Moss here. Godfrey charges forward, comes back to Keane, who finds Coleman darting in, his cross is cleared for a corner.
Virginia has gone up for the corner, standing in front of Pope! Corner is low and cleared.
89’ - Ball falls kindly for Gomes outside the box and his left-footed shot to the far post is wide. DCL almost got a touch on it.
87’ - Coleman and Iwobi combine, Iwobi’s left-footed shot is blocked. Now Coleman lining up to shoot and Mee blocks for a corner, could have gone anywhere.
Digne hits it straight at Pope no challenge and he claims it.
83’ - Everton are struggling to create any real chances here. Lots of possession, but no real incision.
Iwobi wins a corner. Deep corner from Digne, Gomes back into the box and overhit, goalkick. Nick Pope gets a yellow card for timewasting.
76’ - Tarkowski yellow card, fouls Richy when he was looking to break. Digne into the box, Keane can’t get enough of a touch and it’s a goalkick.
Robbie Brady has a direct freekick, lofts it well over.
73’ - Everton’s last change is Seamus Coleman on for Holgate, need his runs into the box.
70’ - Cross into the box and Godfrey does brilliantly heading away with Wood flying in behind him. Deep corner, Mee sends it back across goal and it goes off the top of the bar. Oh gee.
Now Burnley break, Vydra can shoot and Virginia saves very well! Gomes next to Allan is allowing Burnley all kinds of possession to be dangerous.
69’ - King has gone to Gomes’ position on the left, with the Portuguese midfielder now alongside Allan.
Communication breakdown as the ball bounces into the box! Virginia and Godfrey collide and Vydra has a chance to shoot at the open goal and whiffs on it, whew.
65’ - Gomes wins a corner on the left. Digne’s outswinger is headed back towards goal by DCL, cleared.
Ancelotti’s second change is Josh King coming on for Davies.
63’ - Davies ball over the top, DCL’s first touch is sublime again, but his second touch is poor and the ball runs away from him and Pope can collect.
58’ - Richy wins a freekick off Pieters on the right. Gomes for Keane, who tries a flying volley. but it’s blocked.
53’ - Everton have played a couple of very good cross-field balls. This time Holgate controls, finds Iwobi and he crosses into the box for DCL, who goes down very easily, wanting a penalty but nothing doing.
The Toffees are playing well here, just not getting that final pass or the precise finish.
46’ - Everton get the second half underway, down 2-1.
Gomes lines up a shot with his left, Pope saves very well low at the far post. Digne’s corner is low and cleared.
Digne sends another ball into the box, DCL gets his head to it and mishits it.. ball goes harmlessly wide. Everton starting very very well here.
Halftime Thoughts - It’s been an open, attacking game and definitely not what you would have expected when you play Burnley. Lots of chances for both sides, and Everton can consider themselves unlucky for not scoring more, but also very lucky Burnley are not out of sight already.
45+3’ - There’s the halftime whistle, Everton are down 2-1.
45+1’ - Burnley counter and Vydra can cross into the box, cleared.
Matthew Lowton has been booked for a late tackle on Davies.
45’ - Burnley create another chance with some excellent lateral passing, McNeil’s shot is luckily straight at Virginia and the youngster gathers confidently.
43’ - Pickford is hurt again and now Joao Virginia has come on for him. Big, big test for the young kid who is making his Premier League debut for the Blues.
42’ - Allan nicks the ball on the Everton left and sends up a sensational ball with the outside of his right boot. DCL gets a touch in the box and Mee can safely send it back to Pope. Wow, what a pass that was.
40’ - Burnley lining up to shoot now, and Brownhill’s shot is blocked by Godfrey, the corner is then cleared. Everton’s midfield is getting shredded here.
38’ - Ashley Westwood tugs back DCL and gets the first yellow card of the game.
Gomes into the box, DCL gets a head to it and it goes just over. Chance wasted. DCL has definitely made room for himself and created a number of chances today.
36’ - Iwobi the latest to lose the ball under pressure and Burnley can attack again. They pass the ball well and McNeil can shoot, blocked by Godfrey. Replay shows the Everton defender handling the ball clearly, his arm was up but close-ish to his body. Burnley want a penalty, Moss and VAR say nothing doing.
34’ - Oh Richy! Runs at goal and has a chance to shoot, placed well but no power and Pope collects.
32’ - GOAL! DCL!! Iwobi finds Davies cutting in, curls in a cross and DCL gets in between Tarkowski and Mee, hammers home his header between Pope’s despairing hands. 2-1, game on!
30’ - Ancelotti has made an on-field change, abandoning the diamond and Davies is now alongside Allan. Neither is having a good day today under pressure from the visitors.
29’ - Burnley freekick skims through the box, DCL clears for a corner. Taken deep again, and Everton can clear. The Blues are under siege, and have completely disappeared since the first Burnley goal.
27’ - Burnley hit the post! Allan loses the ball in his own half and Gudmundsson tries to curl a shot and beats Pickford, comes off the goalie’s right post. The England #1 is in immediate distress, looks like he’s hurt himself.
Remember, Robin Olsen is not on the bench today, so Joao Virginia is warming up though Pickford is continuing for now.
25’ - Goal, 2-0 Burnley. Dwight McNeil cuts inside Allan, makes space and fires a picture perfect curler into the Pickford’s far, top corner. He’s a very talented lad and he shows why. What a goal.
23’ - Long ball from Pope controlled well by Wood, and he fires off a shot blocked by Ben Godfrey, corner. Deep corner and looks like Holgate handles the ball as Mee gets up for it.
Burnley are convince it’s a penalty, though Moss hasn’t seen anything and VAR says nothing either. That did not look good for Holgate.
20’ - Richy fouled just outside the box and Jon Moss plays advantage, with Holgate’s cross promptly blocked. Gomes frustrated, because Everton would rather have the freekick.
18’ - Everton peppering the Burnley box with overhit corners right now. No real chances.
13’ - Oh no, Burnley goal. Tom Davies loses the ball in the middle to Brownhill and Burnley charge forward. McNeil’s cross to the middle is partly cleared by Keane and it falls to Chris Wood, who curls it into the far post, no chance Pickford. 1-0 to the visitors. This is very much like the away game when Robbie Brady had given them the lead early.
12’ - The wind is blowing towards the Gwladys Street End, which Everton are defending. Burnley are finding it easy to get the ball into the Blues’ box.
Everton win the ball in the middle and Richarlison almost finds DCL behind the backline, Nick Pope out smartly to gather.
7’ - Davies wins a freekick on the right. Gomes into the box, Vydra clears for a corner.
Digne from the left, cleared and Davies fires a shot, blocked. Holgate loops it back into the box, also cleared.
5’ - Looks like Everton are in the 4-4-2 diamond again, with Allan at the base, Andre Gomes on the left, Tom Davies on the right and Alex Iwobi playing centrally at the top where Sigurdsson usually lines up. Big opportunity for the Nigerian to show that he can be useful for the Blues.
3’ - Shot!! Richarlison breaks into the box and fires off a shot that Nick Pope parries away for a corner. Digne’s corner is cleared and Everton return the ball to Pickford.
1’ - Burnley get us underway and almost have an early opening. Vydra does well to control in the box but loses the ball when he tries to turn.
Ancelotti has gone with arguably the best lineup available to him, and that includes keeping Alex Iwobi in the side. Tom Davies starts with Allan and Andre Gomes in the middle. Seamus Coleman, Yerry Mina and Gylfi Sigurdsson all on the bench. Interestingly, no Bernard anywhere.
Pickford, Holgate, Keane, Godfrey, Digne, Allan, Gomes, Davies, Iwobi, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
Subs: Virginia, Tyrer, Sigurdsson, King, Mina, Nkounkou, Coleman, Broadhead, Onyango
Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Gudmundsson, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil; Vydra, Wood
Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Bardsley, Long, Dunne, Benson, Rodriguez, Brady, Stephens, Nartey
Referee: Jonathan Moss VAR: Martin Atkinson
Everton will be looking to bounce back from their defeat on Monday at Chelsea, but will have a difficult task at hand with disciplined Burnley the visitors at Goodison Park. Carlo Ancelotti is a self-professed fan of Sean Dyche’s 4-4-2 system, and even started off his tenure with the Blues with a 1-0 win over Burnley last season. Now he will challenge his side to channel some of that energy into an empty stadium and pull out a result that will keep the Toffees contending for a European spot.
Injuries have continued to play a part in Everton’s recent form, with James Rodriguez still out and now Abdoulaye Doucoure going to miss anywhere from eight to ten weeks and a serious doubt to miss the remainder of the season. Gylfi Sigurdsson is carrying an ankle ailment and also might miss out today. Tom Davies, Yerry Mina, Seamus Coleman and Robin Olsen have all recovered and should be in the squad.
Competition: Premier League Matchday 28
Date and start time: Saturday, March 13th at 9:30 a.m. PT / 12:30 p.m ET / 5:30 p.m. BST
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The Clarets hosted Everton in early December sitting in the relegation zone, but got off to the best possible start with Robbie Brady striding into the Everton defensive third and firing an unstoppable shot low into the corner. Dominic Calvert-Lewin pulled the Blues back just before the break, but that was it for scoring.
The last time Burnley visited Everton was the previous December for Ancelotti’s first game in charge of the Blues, with Calvert-Lewin also getting the goal then to secure all three points.