Burnley v Everton team news

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Jack Cork

Burnley are seeking revenge for last season’s 5-1 loss to Everton when the pair clash at Turf Moor on Saturday.

The Clarets were rock-bottom of the Premier League when Everton made the trip to Lancashire for the meeting on Boxing Day 2018.

Everton took full advantage of their struggling opponents by scoring five times to ensure all three points would be going back to Merseyside.

The loss actually seemed to work in Burnley’s favour and appeared to serve as a wake-up call for Sean Dyche’s side.

They embarked on an eight-game unbeaten run and ultimately did enough to pull clear of the drop zone and retain their spot in the Premier League.

Burnley find themselves in a much more positive position ahead of Saturday’s encounter and will no doubt be looking for revenge.

Indeed, they sit four places and two points better off than the Toffees and have won two of their three games at home this season.

Dyche confirmed midfielder Jack Cork is a doubt after suffering a minor shoulder fracture last weekend, but he has no other injury concerns.

Defeat for Everton will put Marco Silva under serious pressure after he was handsomely backed in the summer transfer market.

They have lost three in a row in the league and another defeat could leave them in the relegation zone heading into the international break.

Silva has been boosted by the availability of Andre Gomes and Theo Walcott, although the latter hasn’t played a big role this season.

Gomes has missed the last four games with a rib problem but is regarded as one of their most consistent performers and should go straight back into the starting XI.

Walcott is very much on the periphery and is likely to take up a place on the bench after recovering from concussion.

Summer signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin returned to light training on Thursday but the trip to Burnley is likely to come too soon for the midfielder.

Victory at Turf Moor last season was Everton’s first since 2014.

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