Mark Lawrenson backs 'battered' Burnley to recover and makes intriguing Everton prediction

Burnley are back in Premier League action this weekend, when they take on Carlo Ancelotti's Everton at Turf Moor in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off.

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Writing in his weekly predictions column for BBC Sport, pundit Mark Lawrenson backed a 1-1 draw between the two top-tier sides.

Justifying his prediction, the ex-Liverpool defender claimed: "This is what used to be called an old Lancashire derby. The Clarets got battered last week by Manchester City, but that was to be expected.

"However, before that they seemed to rediscover some spirit with a draw at Brighton followed by a win against Crystal Palace - their first of the season. I've read they're still talking about a takeover - this will be manager Sean Dyche's 200th Premier League game in charge and I hope any new owners give him more money because he hasn't really made any bad signings."

He continued: "Everton have lost their way a little bit - they've only won one in five. The fixtures weren't that difficult for them during the first few games of the season until they faced Liverpool.

"It was a classic case of making a good start before teams worked out how to play against them. I still think they'll finish in the top 10, but they have a little work to do because I'm not convinced about them defensively."

Meanwhile, Lawro's sparring partner for the week, Faithless' Sister Bliss, tipped a 3-0 win for the visitors.

Last time the two sides met, back on Boxing Day last year, the Toffees were 1-0 winners at Goodison Park, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin ensuring Ancelotti was victorious in his first game as Everton manager.