Michael Owen predicts Everton v Burnley
By Harvey Byrne
Michael Owen has predicted Everton to come out victors in an entertaining clash against Burnley at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Ronald Koeman is currently preparing his team to take on the Clarets in a match which sees seventh take on 12th.
The Toffees are aiming for a top six placing before the league’s end and they currently sit level with Arsenal in sixth having played two games extra.
Meanwhile, Burnley will be very happy with a mid-table finish in their first season back in England’s top-flight and they need just four points to reach what is considered to be the 40 point safety mark.
Now, former Liverpool striker and BT Sport pundit Owen believes both teams will score, but that the Toffees will score more with star forward Romelu Lukaku.
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“Burnley will do the double over Everton for the first time since the 1959/60 season (when they won the league title) if they beat Ronald Koeman’s side at Goodison. The Clarets have only taken four points away from Turf Moor so far this season, however, and it is hard to see them getting anything on Merseyside,” told Owen to Bet Victor.
“Romelu Lukaku has scored more Premier League goals (13) than Burnley (11) in 2017 and has found the back of the net in all eight home games the Blues have played so far this year. Burnley may breach the Everton defence on Saturday but they may not be able to stop this free-scoring Blues side from taking all three points.”
Lukaku has been the standout star for Everton this season with a stunning return of 23 goals and six assists in 31 League appearances.
His goals have played a huge part in the Toffees’ current league placing and many are now keen to see him extend his contract which is set to run out in 2019.
Another starring display from the powerful Belgian could see Everton leapfrog Manchester United in fifth, while a defeat could see those above move clear of them with six matches left.
In other Everton news, Paul Merson has also had his say on the Toffees’ clash against Burnley.