Fulltime Thoughts - What an offensive explosion! Everton are seriously becoming a second half team to contend with, and Rafa Benitez a manager whose halftime adjustments are quite something.
90+4’ - Final whistle. Big roar from the Goodison crowd, Everton are up to fourth in the table.
90+2’ - Another low shot from McNeil, Pickford collects.
90’ - Four minutes added on.
86’ - The last sub will be Alex Iwobi on for Gray, who gets a big hand from the crowd.
83’ - Burnley win a corner on the Everton right, cleared and falls to McNeil and his low shot is straight at Pickford.
80’ - Rondon will get ten minutes to make his Everton debut in front of the home fans. Richarlison is dejected to come off and Mina goes over to cheer him up.
75’ - Deflected cross is a corner for the visitors from the right. Corner is cleared, cross comes back into the box and Pickford goes up for it, barged away by Wood and Mee heads in! However ref Martin Atkinson blows for the foul and it will not count.
Aaron Lennon is coming on for Burnley and the former Evertonian is met with a warm round of applause.
73’ - Another Townsend thunderbolt is just saved by Pope!
Now Gomes is slid in by Doucoure and goes just wide of the far post. Oh my word, this is flowing attacking football that is SO fun to watch.
67’ - MORE!! 3-1 to Everton!! Gray runs into a torn apart Burnley defence and meets the ball at pace, and then beats Pope all ends up to make it three!!
65’ - OH MY WORD WHAT A GOAL!!! ANDROS TOWNSEND AND HIS MAGICAL LEFT FOOT!! TOP EFFING BINS EVERYONE.
Townsend with a lofted shot into the top left corner with his left foot, Three Nick Popes in goal could not have stopped that.
62’ - Rafa makes his first change, and it’s a formation change too. Godfrey comes off for Andre Gomes who goes into the middle of a 4-5-1 setup now.
60’ - GOAL!! Coleman to Townsend, he cuts back onto his left foot, cross into the box is met powerfully into the unguarded near post by Michael Keane! 1-1!!
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Michael Keane heads Everton level against Burnley
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58’ - Everton win another corner, taken short by Digne, Gray has a shot that is blocked.
55’ - Blues with a chance to hit back right away but Coleman’s cross is blocked. Digne’s corner is poor and cleared.
53’ - Townsend tugs Taylor back and is in the book. That was valid, the Everton player was well-beaten.
Freekick goes to the right, cross back into the box and Mina is beaten by the flight, Mee meets it powerfully and no chance for Pickford. 1-0 Burnley.
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Ben Mee puts Burnley ahead at Goodison Park
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50’ - Tarkowski sliding tackle wipes out Richarlison and no foul! Goodison is livid!
Now a freekick is given after another foul, Digne to take the freekick. Into the box and cleared.
47’ - Brownhill tugs Townsend back as the Everton player tries to get away from him and is booked.
Digne’s freekick is into the wall and out for a throw. Argh.
46’ - Underway.
Halftime Thoughts - The Blues are playing a pretty conservative game here, will be looking to get more aggressive with the fans urging them to get forward.
45+1’ - There’s the halftime whistle, and it’s still 0-0 at Goodison.
45’ - Another swift counter from the Blues dies after a poor pass from Digne. The fullback has not been in good nick today, or in recent games really.
43’ - The last ten minutes have been much better from the Blues.
A minute’s applause for father and daughter Lee and Sophie Martyn who were killed in a recent shooting.
40’ - Now Richy in space wins a corner on the right. Digne overcooks it and Godfrey gets a head to it but it goes out.
39’ - Coleman drifts offside as he gets behind the backline and Richy finds him, the fullback’s centre is poked just wide by Gray. Wouldn’t have counted.
33’ - Richarlison clatters into Mee on a 50/50 ball, the defender goes down and Tarkowski wants a piece of Richy. Coleman gets in his face to defend his man and we have handbags from both sides. VAR has nothing to add to this.
32’ - Digne cross blocked for a corner. Taken short, eventually Allan crosses into the box, Keane puts up in the air and Mina wins the header but can’t get enough on it and Pope gathers.
28’ - Chance! Everton’s best coordinated attack so far results in a shot from Doucoure that is heading goalwards and Nick Pope makes an instinctive save, popping the ball back up in the air and a bout of head tennis results before it’s cleared.
25’ - Another Burnley cross into the box that’s not dealt with well and turns into a shot from the edge of the box by Brownhill, but it’s straight at Pickford.
20’ - The visitors are doing well getting crosses into the box, and they have another corner on the Blues right.
Into the six-yard box and brave punch from Pickford under pressure from Barnes, Mee heads it wide.
18’ - Burnley are doing well pressuring the Blues whenever they have the ball to win it back. Everton have misplaced a few passes which hasn’t helped their cause.
12’ - Burnley corner on the Everton right. Low, and cleared for another one.
This one is deeper and Everton can clear.
9’ - Keane long ball to Digne, who finds Gray. The forward cuts in and fires from distance, wide.
7’ - Delightful ball into the box by McNeil, Pickford in no man’s land and Keane beaten, but somehow Chris Wood doesn’t make proper contact and it goes wide. Everton very lucky.
4’ - Richy is still on the pitch, shaking off the hit.
It is a three-man backline, with Godfrey in the middle, Mina on the right and Keane on the left.
1’ - We’re underway at Goodison, great atmosphere at the stadium tonight.
Richarlison clattered by Brownhill and he’s hurt. Ref lets it go but really should be a card.
The lineups are out and Dominic Calvert-Lewin is out and Rafa Benitez has gone with a three-man backline. No James Rodriguez on the bench either, while new signing Salomon Rondon does make the bench. DCL’s broken toe has flared up per Benitez and is out for 2-3 weeks.
Everton have started the season well with two wins and a draw in the Premier League, and will be looking to keep that good run going at Goodison Park tonight. Today’s opponent is Burnley, who continue to be a well-organized and resolute defensive force this season.
After a spate of COVID-related and injury issues, the Blues are finally getting closer to full-strength with Fabian Delph the only player confirmed out going into the weekend. Rafa Benitez certainly has a number of options now in key areas of the pitch so it will be interesting to see what he names for a starting lineup tonight.
Visitors Burnley have only picked up a point this season despite their underlying metrics looking solid. Sean Dyche’s challenge has been integrating some new faces into his playing system, but his core team is very strong and fully fit so the Blues will end up paying the price if they go scrapping for the ball, which a packed house at Goodison will quite enjoy.
Competition: Premier League Matchday 4
Date and start time: Monday, September 13th at 12:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m ET / 8:00 p.m. BST
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Starting XI: Pickford, Coleman, Godfrey, Keane, Mina, Digne, Allan, Doucoure, Townsend, Gray, Richarlison
Subs: Begovic, Kenny, Holgate, Iwobi, Gomes, Gordon, Gbamin, Davies, Rondon
Starting XI: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Gudmundsson, Brownhill, Westwood, McNeil, Wood, Barnes
Subs: Hennessey, Bardsley, Thomas, Pieters, Lennon, Cork, Vydra, Cornet, Rodriguez
The last time Burnley visited Goodison they won 2-1 and pretty much blew Everton away in the first half with no fans in the stands. Benitez will be looking for the supporters voices to create the bearpit that Goodison is famous for.