Everton’s worrying form in the Premier League continued last Saturday with a defeat at home to Manchester City. The Toffees now sit in 15th, having conceded an alarming 12 goals, whilst netting just six of their own after seven games.
As Marco Silva has a new injury concern to contend with in Theo Walcott, at least one change is guaranteed ahead of the trip to Burnley.
Marco Silva will be hoping he can rack up the goal count and send his side further up the table, as the team now worryingly sits just two points shy of the drop zone.
Here, we predict his starting XI.
Lucas Digne is all but the first name on the teamsheet at the moment. He won Everton’s Player of the Year last season and the former Barcelona man continues to be vital for his side, providing two assists this campaign.
Elsewhere in the defence, Michael Keane and Yerry Mina have played every minute thus far, and although the pair have let in 12 goals in seven games, they still remain Silva’s best choices.
At right-back, Seamus Coleman has once again proved his worth claiming an assist against City. The Irishman was desperately unfortunate not to bag the goal himself, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin notching his effort when the ball was millimetres from crossing the line.
The centre of the pitch is where much of Silva’s problems have occurred. Injuries to Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin have left the former Watford boss low on numbers, forcing in Morgan Schneiderlin.
Up top, Everton have alarmingly lacked goals so far, scoring just six – the joint-second least amount in the league. Against Burnley, the likes of Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin should keep their spots, having netted two each so far.
On the other flank, Walcott is not expected to start so soon after a head injury, and although he is expected back in training this week, a start for Bernard is a much better option.
Playing just behind Calvert-Lewin this season has been Gylfi Sigurdsson, who has started every league fixture thus far. Despite registering a personal best of 13 goals last season, the Iceland international has so far provided just the one assist, as Alex Iwobi continues to test him for the no.10 spot.