As the fight to avoid the drop continues, Burnley and Everton both find themselves in a precarious position ahead of their meeting on Wednesday.
Original article published 5 September 2022
Injuries and questionable moves in the transfer market have not helped either team's cause and now a nervy end to the Premier League season awaits, with a tight tussle taking place at both the bottom and the top of the table.
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Having enjoyed a glittering career as a player, challenging for Premier League and Champions League trophies, Frank Lampard is now a manager battling at the bottom end of the table.
Brought in to replace the experienced Rafael Benitez, the former Derby County and Chelsea boss took over a side low on confidence.
The Goodison Park hierarchy will have been hoping Lampard's fresh approach would see a turnaround in results, however, a 2-1 loss to West Ham United last time out was a fifth defeat in six league games for the Merseyside outfit.
The Toffees secured the services of Donny van de Beek and Dele Alli in the January transfer window, but the pair have struggled for form and injuries since their arrival.
Injuries have not helped the Toffees' cause throughout the season and working his way back to match sharpness, star striker Dominic Calvert Lewin will be hoping to find the big goal necessary to keep the club in the top-flight.
The Toffees are currently 2/1 to be relegated this term, while they are 4/11 to beat the drop.
An end-of-season-scrap to avoid the drop is something Burnley are more than familiar with.
Manager Sean Dyche has been able to steer the ship to calmer waters in the past, but he might face his biggest challenge yet, with the Clarets 1/2 to be relegated this season and 6/4 to secure survival.
Burnley find themselves four points from safety and wins in the coming weeks for the Lancashire outfit would see clubs like Newcastle United and Leeds United drawn back into the relegation scrap.
The sale of star striker Chris Wood to Newcastle raised plenty of eyebrows in the January window and with one goal in his first 10 appearances in the Premier League, replacement Wout Weghorst has struggled to fill the void left by the New Zealand international.
With the injuries, suspensions and transfer discussions in the background, both sides will have to do their talking on the field on Wednesday evening at Turf Moor.
Burnley welcome Lampard's side to East Lancashire having gone five games without a win in the Premier League.
However, Turf Moor has not been a happy hunting ground for Everton in recent years, with the Toffees winning in just one of their last five visits.
Everton are 15/8 to win on Wednesday, with Burnley at 13/8 and the draw at 21/10.
With games in hand over some of the other teams in the standings, Burnley and Everton both have time to get themselves out of trouble, but a draw would keep the pressure on both teams, especially the hosts, who have that gap to make up.
It all makes for an intriguing game for the neutral and a nail-biter for those with a vested interest in the outcome.