Everton suffer blow ahead of Burnley clash in costly West Ham United defeat offer Clarets hope

Everton are set to be without the services of former Burnley defender Michael Keane ahead of the huge clash against the Clarets in midweek.

Both teams are involved in the relegation fight to stay in the Premier League.

The Clarets tasted defeat for the fourth successive game in the top flight yesterday against title-seeking Manchester City.

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Pep Guardiola’s side took the lead in five minutes at Turf Moor through Kevin De Bruyne.

And they doubled it on a 25-minute hit when Ilkay Gundogan coolly flew past Nick Pope to secure the three points at Turf Moor.

The result left the Clarets sitting 19th in the top flight and four points from safety.

The Toffees could have widened the gap between them and Sean Dyche’s side with a result this afternoon on the road against West Ham United.

But Frank Lampard’s men succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at the London Stadium.

Aaron Creswell put the Hammers ahead before the Toffees leveled through Mason Holgate.

But Jarrod Bowen put the hosts back in front soon after before Keane was shown a second yellow card for a challenge on Michail Antonio.

It means the former Clarets defender will not face his former side on Wednesday when Burnley take on Everton in what has turned into a massive bottom-of-the-table clash at Turf Moor.

The Clarets’ win over the Merseyside side would reduce the gap between the two sides to just one point and could bring Dyche’s side within touching distance of safety.

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