It is the battle of the no-nonsense Englishmen this Saturday as Sam Allardyce’s Everton make the relatively short trip to Lancashire to face Sean Dyche’s Burnley.
In years gone by, many people’s coupon would have had this game down as an away win but under Dyche, Burnley have been ripping up trees and find themselves comfortably in the top seven and ten points clear of the drop zone.
For that reason, it was of little surprise that the gravel voiced Dyche was heavily linked to the Everton role when the Toffee’s dismissed Ronald Koeman earlier in the season.
However, Dyche stayed put at Burnley and big Sam Allardyce was handed the reins instead, and now the pair meet in a clash between two sides who could do with the three points to reignite a sluggish few months.
Despite Burnley’s lofty league position, they are actually winless in the division since beating Stoke on the 12th December with plenty of draws keeping them away from danger.
For Everton, just one win in January had Allardyce suddenly feeling the heat, but seven points from their last five league games looks like being enough to keep the Toffee’s just out of reach of being dragged back into the tussle at the bottom.
Because of this, Everton’s price of 11/5 to get the three points could prove to be something of a hit especially when you consider the Toffee’s have won four of the last six head to head encounters between the two.
However, the draw at 21/10 may be the way to go considering all season the Toffees have won away from home only once all season but have five road draws which is the joint second highest in the league.
Burnley have also had four draws at home but perhaps more importantly only scored ten home league goals all season conceding just 11.
This means a correct score of 0-0 at 6/1 with Bet365 as of the 28th February looks like being one of the best value bets of the game, and one that would probably suit both managers as they bid to keep the points trickling in until the end of the season.
One final thing to keep an eye out for is a red card in the game at 9/2 with William Hill. In two of the last six meetings a player has been dismissed. In fact, only once in the last six has less than three yellow cards been shown making for a tough tackling traditional English top-flight match-up.