Everton have played twice and lost twice in fixtures immediately following their Europa League exploits this season, but that miserable streak is sure to end at Burnley, with an infusion of fatigue-free talent expected to bag three points against Burnley.
Roberto Martinez’s side are 91/100 for three points, with the hosts 13/4 to register their first Premier League victory at the ninth attempt, while the draw is 5/2.
Tiredness as a result of travel and extra matches would be the most obvious excuse, yet despite this supposed downside the Toffees haven’t been carried off their feet when fulfilling their post-continental league obligations.
Indeed the losses sustained against Crystal Palace and Manchester United were immensely frustrating, particularly the draw at Old Trafford in which the usually unerring boot of Leighton Baines missed a penalty.
While Martinez shuffled his deck after the games against Wolfsburg and Krasnodar, on neither occasion did he have quite such a strong group of players to reintroduce as he does against Burnley.
James McCarthy, Seamus Coleman, Steven Naismith and Leon Osman all played little of no part in proceedings in Flanders with Romelu Lukaku only put to work for 26 minutes.
The return of the first-named will boost Everton’s chances of controlling a midfield in which Dean Marney remains doubtful for Sean Dyche’s side.
If they can dominate no-mans land then all the Toffees will need to do is find a way to get the ball over the goal line, with Burnley the division’s joint-lowest scorers and looking none the sharper in front of goal for Danny Ing’s return against West Ham last time out.
That shouldn’t be a problem for a side that have hit the bullseye at least once in all eight of their Premier League matches so far and the return of a rested Naismith, their top-goalscorer this term, will only increase their potency – the former Rangers man is 17/10to net at any time.