Everton vs BurnleyEnglish Premier League, KO: 20:00 May 3, 2019, Goodison Park
EVERTON are in exquisite form at Goodison Park and are aiming for a fourth consecutive home win on Friday night when they go into battle with Burnley.
Marco Silva's men mauled Manchester United in their last home match and have also enjoyed handsome home wins over Arsenal and Chelsea in recent weeks. As such, the Toffees are big favourites to beat Burnley at 8/13 (bet365) whereas Sean Dyche's side are a lofty 11/2 (BetVictor) to beat the Blues. Meanwhile, a share of the spoils on Merseyside is a general 3/1 with most firms on Friday night.
Burnley taking something from the Toffees will tempt plenty of punters following the Clarets' fine 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge on Easter Monday. That priceless point against Chelsea seen Sean Dyche steer his troops to a commendable fourth successive season of top-flight football at Turf Moor.
Buoyed by beating the drop Burnley then went on to make Manchester City sweat last Sunday, with the champions relying on a scrappy Sergio Agureo goal, given via goal-line technology, to squeeze out the Clarets.
You can be rest assured Burnley will roll up their sleeves and go again at Goodison in an effort to contain an Everton side who will more than likely enjoy the majority of the possession in trying to break down a typically dogged Dyche side.
The key to unlocking Burnley's backline could lie with Everton's in-form Gylfi Sigurdsson. After an ordinary maiden campaign on Merseyside Sigurdsson has scored a notable 13 league goals this season, his most recent coming in his sides 4-0 thumping of Manchester United.
The gifted playmaker has an eye for goal and is regularly capable of the spectacular from distance. Back the Icelandic international to continue his quietly impressive season and to hit the back of the net against Burnley at 13/8 (bet365).
It may well take something special to separate these two sides with Burnley back to being difficult to break down and Silva's side showing solidity in securing seven clean sheets from their last nine fixtures. Both teams are much improved at the back from the first half of the season so a goal fest is improbable at Goodison. On account of that, backing under 2.5 goals is tempting at 20/21 (Boylesports).
Everton's erratic away form continued last weekend when they played out a lifeless 0-0 draw in London against Crystal Palace. However, the Blues are a different beast at home having scored seven in their last three without reply impressively doing so against three of the Premier League's top-six sides.
As brilliant as Burnley were at Stamford Bridge in securing survival, the Lancashire sides only triumphs away from Turf Moor this season have come against three of the league's bottom four. Be that as it may Burnley will be dogged and well-organised and should make this a difficult night for Silva's side.
As such the 8/13 (bet365) on offer for a home win seems a little too short to me, however I do think Everton can edge this encounter and continue their good form at Goodison Park. A low scoring night could lie ahead in Liverpool so a more profitable approach to consider could be backing the Toffees to win to nil at a sweet 17-10 (BetVictor).
This English Premier League match between Everton and Burnley will be played on May 3, 2019 and kick off at 20:00