View: Three things to watch for in Everton clash v Burnley
Everton will hope to bounce back against Burnley later this afternoon after ending their three-game winning run against Chelsea last Monday.
The Toffees fell to a 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge, making their clash against the Clarets even more crucial in their pursuit of Champions League football.
Burnley meanwhile linger just above the relegation zone, having drawn back-to-back league games against Arsenal and Leicester.
Ahead of the clash this evening, we at Goodison News have picked out three things that fans should watch out for.
Energy in midfield
With Abdoulaye Doucoure now ruled out for the foreseeable future, Everton will miss his energy and intensity in the middle of the park.
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Allan will be relied upon to step it up but he won’t be able to do it alone, and it’ll be up to Andre Gomes and Tom Davies to pick up the slack against Burnley in the Frenchman’s absence.
With Seamus Coleman and Yerry Mina both back available, Ancelotti could reshuffle his defence. Ben Godfrey had a torrid time against Chelsea and with Burnley’s forwards favouring physicality over technical prowess, Mina’s strength could be crucial.
Coleman could also be used to give Holgate a rest, with the versatile defender having blown hot and cold in recent weeks.
Lack of creative spark
Everton could be without both Gylfi Sigurdsson and James Rodriguez against the Clarets, and that means Ancelotti will have to turn elsewhere for creative ingenuity.
Perhaps Bernard could be used in a more central role or that responsibility could be handed to Alex Iwobi, who has been vocal about wanting a position change. Either way the Blues will have to find a way to remain creative without either of their primary playmakers on the field.
In other Everton news, Dominic Calvert-Lewin has revealed that he wants to emulate Harry Kane for Everton.