Everton prepare to take on Burnley, hoping to make it four wins on the bounce. This match should be an interesting affair with Idrissa Gana-Gueye and Branthwaite set to miss due to yellow card accumulation.
Chelsea were on the hit list last week when they came to Goodison. The Toffees displayed yet again, another complete performance with each player playing excellent! Dyche really has the boys playing to the best of their abilities and it shows week in-week out.
Chelsea would have 72% of the possession during the match and totaled 16 shots but not one could find the back of the net. Chelsea looked lame when going forward, either from fantastic defending or 1 billion dollars not being enough to salvage the club, we may never know.
The first half would be mostly Chelsea attacking and dancing on the ball but it wouldn’t turn into anything of value. Everton defended well and had a few chances but just as Chelsea, none turned into goals. The first half would end 0-0.
The second half would see the most chances for Everton, the best chances. We were hot from the 45th minute onward, but in the 54th is when the game shifted. Mykolenko would clear a ball from our own 18 right into a McNeil who had plenty of space! McNeil would sprint the length of the field and play a fantastic ball into DCL who got off a shot but in the end it was saved by a brave Sanchez. Guess who? DOUCOURE would clean up the loose ball from the save and snuggle it into the goal to put us in the lead.
Fast forward to the 90th minute, an excruciating 7 minutes of added time would be tacked on. 7 minutes, where we Toffees would be on edge waiting for the final whistle. In the 91st minute, a young Lewis Dobbin would score his first senior goal for the club to put us up by 2 with a little under 6 minutes left! Dobbin sealed the match and earned us all three points.
Burnley Vs Brighton
Burnley would earn a point vs. Brighton, a good result to say the least. The first half would be mostly Burnley playing fast and decisive football that Kompany stands by regardless of results. Just before the first half ended, Odobert would rip a shot from outside the 18 and possibly with the help of a tiny deflection, he curled it in just out of reach of Verbruggen.
The second half would be a slightly different scene. Mitoma would eventually be subbed on and that’s where Brighton completely changed and looked to be a much more quality side. Burnley would be on the backfoot for the vast majority of the second half but a young James Trafford kept Brighton at bay for most of the match. The 77th minute would be the only lapse of defensive solidity for Burnley, Adringa headed the equalizer home and brought the game to 1-1.
Trafford stood on his head to earn his struggling side a point. Brighton truly tested Trafford but he could not be beaten! an impressive display that I hope he does not have this upcoming weekend.
Everton key player
James Garner has been flying under the radar as a key player for our side. He has been so integral to how we’ve been playing as of late. His stats are not anything to note, although he has an average of three tackles per game and 2.83 shot creating actions per 90.
His style of play truly pleases the eye, he’s just an all around great player and slots very well into our midfield. Since Gana-Gueye is missing this match, Onana and Garner will be in a two man midfield. They compliment each other well and they allow each other to float freely and explode in transition during a counter.
Burnley key player
James Trafford will look to continue his run of form from last week in Burnley’s 1-1 draw away at Brighton. Trafford made 14 saves last week and punched one cross away. He gets tested quite often but has the ability to produce save after save, but eventually Burnley will concede. Burnley has kept zero clean sheets in Premier League matches! it does not reflect on Trafford as much as people say. Burnley will need to prevent Everton from scoring (duh) because Everton will out score their opponents when needed. We are that kind of team now!
I’m ready for another three points this weekend, another fun week of watching Everton play. We will more than likely see a Michael Keane appearance but that’s the beauty of the game. Dyche, Tarky, McNeil and Keane will be having a homecoming at Turf Moor, it’s a Dyche party! UTFT.