The Premier League have confirmed that Anthony Taylor will take charge of Everton vs Burnley on Boxing Day.
We host Sean Dyche’s Clarets at Goodison Park looking to maintain the four-game unbeaten streak orchestrated by caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson, as the club, hopefully, begins the new Carlo Ancelotti era on strong foundations.
A first-half hit from Seamus Coleman doubled our lead at home to Burnley the last time the Turf Moor natives visited the blue side of Stanley Park, having seen Ben Mee divert the ball into his own net on 17 minutes to open the scoring.
Repeating that result on Boxing Day would be enough to half the deficit between our two clubs, with Burnley presently tenth in the Premier League standings on 24 points after 18 games to our haul of 19 points.
But beating Burnley has never been a guarantee since their initial promotion into the top-flight back in 2009, with all three points clinched by the Toffees on six of the 11 times we have faced each other.
One thing is all but ensured on Thursday afternoon, though, as Taylor’s appointment as the referee will guarantee there to be at least two goals, going by our recent results with the Cheshire-resident presiding over proceedings at least.
In each of the last five Everton games that Taylor has held the whistle in, one side has always found the back of the net at least twice, with that being the Toffees four times.
The one time that it was not the Blues who struck twice came when we lost to promoted-side Norwich City at Goodison Park in November – also the last time that Marco Silva stood in the home dugout prior to his sacking.
Taylor has also officiated one other of our home games this season, coming when we beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 on September 1, while our Boxing Day encounter with Burnley will be the 41-year-old’s first Clarets game of the term.
What will the result be when we host Burnley on Boxing Day?
Taylor has ruled over ten Premier League games involving Burnley before, with Dyche’s men victorious just twice to two draws and six defeats – their last win coming at home to Bournemouth on matchday six of the 2018/19 season.
Assistants Gary Beswick, Scott Ledger and fourth official Jeremy Simpson will join Taylor at Goodison Park on Boxing Day, while Paul Tierney will be joined by Dan Robathan at Stockley Park for VAR duty.
In other Everton news, the club have made inquiries into signing a €30m striker in January.