Everton expected 4-2-3-1 v Burnley: Midfield ace returns
By Amir Mir
Ronald Koeman is likely to make one change for Everton’s Premier League clash against newly-promoted Burnley on Saturday afternoon.
The Merseyside club travel to Turf Moor for a tough away fixture, after their 1-1 draw against league leaders Manchester City last Saturday.
Midfielder Tom Cleverley is likely to be dropped by manager Koeman, with Ross Barkley possibly returning to the starting fold.
Sean Dyche’s side are expected to produce a strong defensive display, and Barkley’s ability to change the game at any moment could be pivotal for Everton.
Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is expected to keep his place in the starting XI, after saving two penalties at the Etihad last Saturday.
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Koeman is expected to keep the same backline for the Burnley fixture, with Leighton Baines still an injury doubt, so Brian Oviedo will most likely continue at left-back.
Midfield duo Gareth Barry and Idrissa Gueye are expected to keep their places in the line-up, as their impressive partnership in the middle of the park continues to grow.
The Toffees have an impressive defensive record with only six goals conceded in eight league fixtures, only Tottenham with four have conceded less.
Up top striker Romelu Lukaku will be hoping to add to his six-goal tally this term, following his impressive goal against City, with Yannick Bolasie and Gerard Deulofeu providing the service out wide.
In other Everton team news, manager Ronald Koeman continues to take a tough stance, despite this striker’s impressive performances.