Picking the Best Potential Burnley Starting Lineup to Face Everton on Saturday

​Burnley host Everton on Saturday lunchtime as the Clarets go in search of a first victory in all competitions for almost three months.


Sean Dyche's men remain in seventh place in the ​Premier League but are desperate to a win to prevent the chasing pack from catching them.


Here's how we think the Turf Moor based side will line up:

Goalkeeper

  • Pope
    Pope29

​With Tom Heaton not expected to be fit for another week, deputy keeper Nick Pope will reprise his place in goal.

Defence

  • Bardsley
    Bardsley26
  • Long
    Long28
  • Mee
    Mee6
  • Ward
    Ward23

​Like Heaton, James Tarkowski remains sidelined for another week or so, so Kevin Long will continue to partner Ben Mee in the heart of the defence.


Phil Bardsley should be retained at right-back ahead of Matt Lowton, while Stephen Ward could be preferred to Charlie Taylor to give Burnley more solidity at the back.

Midfield

  • Guðmundsson
    Guðmundsson17
  • Cork
    Cork4
  • Hendrick
    Hendrick13
  • Lennon
    Lennon25

​Former Toffees winger Aaron Lennon may be handed a starting berth to take on his former side on the right wing, with Johann Berg Gudmundsson deployed on the opposite flank.


That pair will be tasked with providing the ammunition for ​Burnley's attackers, while Jack Cork and Jeff Hendrick will be expected to hold the fort in midfield.

Forwards

  • Barnes
    Barnes10
  • Vokes
    Vokes9

​Ashley Barnes and Sam Vokes will be Burnley's best bet to get at ​Everton's rearguard on Saturday with Chris Wood still recovering from his recent injury lay off.


The Blues' defence still looks leaky despite Sam Allardyce's appointment three months ago and, if the above duo can get in and around that backline with their physicality, they could secure a vital three points for Dyche's team.