Having progressed through the youth ranks of his hometown club Burnley, Jay Rodriguez was rewarded with a professional debut against Bristol City in December 2007 as an 18-year-old boy. It wasn’t until the 2008/09 season when he began to show glimpses of proper promise for the Clarets, however.
With 15 goals and six assists in 37 Championship outings in 2011/12 campaign, Jay Rodriguez caught the eye of several Premier League clubs and it was Southampton who pounced for his signature in a £7 million deal. Six goals and eight assist in his debut Premier League season were followed by a breakthrough record of 15 goals and three assists in 33 matches of the 2013/14 campaign.
An unfortunate cruciate ligament injury sustained in April 2014 halted his progress as he sat through the entire 2014/15 season. It did not prevent West Bromwich Albion from making a move for Rodriguez in 2017, making him the first signing of the summer transfer window, worth a reported £12 million. The WBA forward features only once for England U21 in 2011 and made a single senior appearance – in a 2-0 defeat to Chile in November 2013.
Everton are one of the two Merseyside giants that were formed back in 1878, with the club holding a long-standing rivalry with Liverpool. Everton have participated in the English top flight for a record 113 seasons, with the team competing in the English second tier in just four campaigns.
The Toffees play their home matches at Goodison Park, the stadium that was opened in 1892. Everton have won the national championship nine times, with the team winning their last domestic trophy back in 1987.
The Toffees have clinched five FA Cup trophies as well and it has to be noted that a victory over Manchester United in the 1994/1995 FA Cup final helped the team win their last title in the prestigious competition. Everton and Liverpool face each other in the Merseyside derby and the clash between the two local rivals has been called the Merseyside derby since 1955.
Turf Moor will host a postponed Premier League game between Burnley and Everton, the two relegation-threatened team. The Clarets aim to put an end to their four-game losing run, and they are likely to leave their hearts on the field. All Mee, Pieters, and Gudmundsson remain on the sidelines with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team. The Toffees, on the other hand, suffered a 2-1 loss to West Ham at the weekend, but their display was anything but poor.
Frank Lampard’s troops are eager to return to winning ways as well, and, taking everything into account, both teams to score betting option should be considered. Nigeria international Alex Iwobi should drop to the bench after failing to impress against the Hammers, while Andros Townsend, and Yerry Mina remain in the recovery room. Fabian Delph is a major doubt due to the lack of fitness.