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Premier League Preview: Everton vs. Burnley

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• Everton can win a third successive game against Burnley for the first time since 1968-70, when they enjoyed a four-match winning streak.

• Burnley are without a league goal in four hours and 59 minutes since George Boyd’s winner in the 1-0 victory over Manchester City.

• The Toffees are one of only three possible Premier League teams with an unbeaten home record in 2015 – along with Arsenal and Chelsea. They have won two and drawn four since a 1-0 defeat against Stoke on Boxing Day. (BBC Sport)

Burnley held ground against Arsenal last week and will have a normal, week-long turnaround away from home, facing a competitive Everton squad on Saturday.

The first competition between these two outfits in October ended in a clear Everton victory, 3-1, as Samuel Eto’o’s brace ultimately made the outcome possible.

The Toffees were once in the dead middle of the Premier League table at 10th place. However, they’ve dropped two spots, although Roberto Martinez’s side has pulled together to finish the last four games unbeaten.

The highlight in that stretch was a 3-0 win over Newcastle United, with Romelu Lukaku nailing a penalty kick and Ross Barkley burying the final goal in the last minute.

In other good news for Everton, the gifted striker Lukaku, who has been out for the past month due to a groin injury, will likely take the pitch tomorrow.

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Burnley is coming off the toughest eight-match period of the season, no doubt. Their opponents included Chelsea, Manchester City, Southampton and Liverpool, and luckily, the Clarets managed to steal one on home turf—a 1-0 win against City.

From now until the end of the year, Sean Dyche will aim to jump the ranks in order to stave off relegation.

Currently, his team sits at 19th place with 26 points but other squads are close to that tally. Leicester City, in last place, has 25 points, while Hull City is three points ahead and one spot out of the danger zone.

Catch the Everton-Burnley live on NBC Sports Live Extra at 10 a.m. ET.

What they’re saying

Everton boss Roberto Martinez on Kevin Mirallas’ return and stay with the Toffees (Liverpool Echo): “Kevin picked up a really difficult injury when you are a sprinter like he is. He has had a soft tissue problem so we need to be careful. Now he is getting to 100% and Kevin has been a really important player for us in the last two years and his goal scoring threat is something that we really need in the team.”

Burnley manager Sean Dyche on squad/transfer flexibility (Sky Sports): ”It’s recognised we’ve tried to do something different from the norm – which is to throw money at every situation…We’re trying to build something on and off the pitch. There are challenges that come with that because it is quite hard to get players in who don’t need developing, who can just go in and do it on the money we’ve spent.”

Match injuries/absences

As mentioned earlier, Lukaku is back. Leon Osman’s groin injury will probably keep him out. Although going strong in training, Bryan Oviedo’s hamstring injury will be fully healed in May, while Aiden McGeady also shouldn’t see time on the field in this one.

The Clarets have to deal with the extended nonappearances of Dean Marney and Kevin Long. Steven Reid (calf) and Ross Wallace (knee) are doubts for Burnley as well.

Prediction

You can’t deny that Everton’s been hot as of late, but it’s still unclear when their run of form will end. Against a desperate Burnley, regardless of Lukaku’s impact, the Toffees should hit the five-game unbeaten mark. Everton 2-1 Burnley.

Watch Live: Burnley vs Arsenal (Lineups and Live Stream)

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Burnley could pull themselves out of the bottom three with a surprising win, but they have their work cut out for them as Arsenal visits Turf Moor, live on NBCSN at 12:30pm ET or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.

The Gunners are set to be revitalized from a litany of injuries as they look to firmly grab hold of second place, currently just a point above Manchester City. They’ve been in revived form the past month or two, currently on seven straight wins in all competitions and five straight in the Premier League.

WATCH LIVE: Burnley vs Arsenal live online at NBC Sports Live Extra

Arsene Wenger will be without Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Debuchy, Abou Diaby, and Mikel Arteta for likely just this one more week, as all are back fit but are not members of today’s squad. In turn, Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey each hit appearance milestones this week, with the former making triple digits and the latter marking 150.

For Burnley, Matt Taylor is in the squad for the first time in August, on the bench having recovered from an Achilles injury. Meanwhile, Ross Wallace and Steven Reid fail to make returns from their injuries. Danny Ings starts up top for the 29th time this season despite not having scored since February 11, most recently putting in a poor performance last week in the 0-0 draw with Tottenham.

LINEUPS:

Burnley: Heaton; Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee; Boyd, Arfield, Jones, Barnes; Vokes, Ings.
Bench: Gilks, Keane, Ward, Ulvestad, Jutkiewicz, Taylor, Kightly.

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud.
Bench: Szczesny, Gibbs, Chambers, Flamini, Rosicky, Walcott, Welbeck

Premier League Preview: Burnley vs. Arsenal

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  • Burnley have one win in their last 10 PL games
  • Arsenal is on their best run since March 2004
  • Giroud has scored in six-straight PL matches

Burnley welcome Arsenal to Turf Moor on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) hoping to take yet another big scalp as their quest for Premier League survival continues.

The Clarets have beaten Manchester City and Southampton at home, plus they’ve secured 0-0 draws with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in home games this season but they will be coming up against a red-hot Arsenal side who has won seven-straight games and are chasing down Chelsea at the PL’s summit. Arsene Wenger’s men will not underestimate Burnley but will be fully expecting a win in Lancashire against Sean Dyche’s side.

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Burnley could be boosted by a trio of players returning from injury with Matt Taylor, Steven Reid and Ross Wallace back in contention. Arsenal should have Mathieu Debuchy, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby back in the squad but Laurent Koscielny and Wojciech Szczesny are doubts.

What they’re saying

Dyche on how his side prepare for Arsenal: “I think it’s like all the games, you’ve got to believe in what you do and the way you work and the players have got to show that when the whistle blows. I think we’ve done pretty well with that over the course of the season and our points tally against the superpowers and the more powerful teams has been reasonable for a club coming into this division.”

Wenger on chasing down Chelsea: “It’s interesting that we are in good form and it’s interesting that we have a good team dynamic. Hopefully we can maintain that until the end of the season, then we will see where we stand. We look behind us and people are chasing us, in front of us there’s quite a big distance with Chelsea but we work very hard to reduce that. They have a difficult schedule and we have a difficult schedule. What we can only do is master our own schedule.”

Prediction

Anything other than an Arsenal win would be hugely surprising but Burnley could nick a draw if they keep things tight. However, the Gunners possess too much firepower and I’d expect Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to rip the Clarets apart. 3-1 to Arsenal as the y will pile the pressure on PL leaders Chelsea.

Watch Live: Arsenal vs. West Bromwich Albion (Lineups and Discuss)

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With Everton’s loss to Manchester City on Saturday, Arsenal have already qualified for the Champions League – so will they go easy on West Brom when they visit the Emirates today? (Watch live on NBCSN at 8:30 a.m. ET and online via Live Extra).

The Albion likely wouldn’t object to an easy three points. After picking up seven points from their last three matches, they’ve moved up to 16th, four points above the drop. Relegation doesn’t look likely, as West Brom still have a game in hand, but beating Arsenal would guarantee the Baggies’ safety. Plus, it would lift them over rivals Aston Villa once more, which is always important in the Midlands.

But Arsenal still have a (very) slim chance of reaching third. The Gunners are certain of Champions League play, but if they overtake Chelsea, they’ll skip qualifying and go straight to the group stages. This hope will only be realized if Arsenal win their final two matches and Chelsea lose to both Norwich and Cardiff, but hey, it’s fun to dream, right, Gunners fans?

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After last week’s 1-0 victory over West Ham, Pepe Mel makes just two changes to the Albion side. Steven Reid, injured last weekend, is out, as is Billy Jones. Diego Lugano comes in to reinforce the defense, while James Morrison steps into midfield. It looks like Mel’s chosen to go with a back three – are the Baggies aiming for just a point at the Emirates?

Abou Diaby makes his return to Arsenal after thirteen months out, starting the match on the bench. After last week’s 3-0 victory over Newcastle, there’s just one change for Arsène Wenger. Mathieu Flamini steps in for Aaron Ramsey, who was fantastic in his return last week after four months out with injury. Looks like Wenger wants to make sure the midfielder stays fit for the FA Cup final.

LINEUPS

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Arteta, Cazorla, Ozil, Podolski, Giroud

Subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Vermaelen, Kallstrom, Rosicky, Diaby, Sanogo

West Bromwich Albion: Foster, Dawson, Lugano, Olsson, Brunt, Amalfitano, Mulumbu, Morrison, Dorrans, Sessegnon, Berahino

Subs: Myhill, Anichebe, O’Neil, Sinclair, Vydra, McAuley, Yacob

Watch Live: West Bromwich Albion vs. West Ham (Lineups and Discuss)

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West Bromwich Albion welcome West Ham United to the Hawthorns (Watch live online, 10 a.m. ET via NBC Sports Live Extra) with both sides embroiled in a relegation battle.

The Baggies are most in danger, as they sit just two points above the drop zone with three games to go. West Ham are seven points clear of the drop and know a win could secure their safety in the Premier League for another season.

West Ham will want to bounce back from their home defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend, while West Brom’s manager Pepe Mel is searching for his first home victory as Baggies boss.

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In team news West Brom bring in Steven Reid and Saido Berahino in place of Liam Ridgewell and Matej Vydra. West Ham bring in Guy Demel for Pablo Armero at left back.

LINEUPS

West Bromwich Albion: Foster, Reid, Dawson, Olsson, Jones, Amalfitano, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Brunt, Sessegnon, Berahino. Subs: Myhill, Morrison, Yacob, Thievy, Anichebe, Vydra, Lugano

West Ham United: Adrian, Demel, Tomkins, Reid, McCartney, Nolan, Noble, Diame, Jarvis, Carroll, Downing Subs: Armero, Vaz Te, Jaaskelainen, Collins, J.Cole, C.Cole, Nocerino