Saturday, August 22, 2009

live streaming Burnley Vs Everton




Sunday 23rd August 2009
Venue: Turf Moor
Kick-off: 15:00

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Caldwell out again

Burnley captain Steven Caldwell will miss the visit of Everton to Turf Moor as he continues his recovery from a groin problem.

The defender was injured on international duty with Scotland and has missed the opening two Barclays Premier League matches.

Andre Bikey is expected to retain his place in the team after impressing in the midweek victory over Manchester United just 24 hours after signing from Reading.

But defender Michael Duff is still struggling with an ankle injury which has kept him out of the first two matches.

Meanwhile, Caldwell has hailed fellow Scot David Moyes as one of the best managers in the world.

His absence at Turf Moor will do nothing to dim the admiration he has for Moyes, a former boss at nearby Preston.

"Obviously everybody speaks about Sir Alex Ferguson on a daily basis and talk of him as the greatest manager of all time," said Caldwell.

"But David Moyes is one of the best in the world right now.

"He has to operate at the highest level on a budget which is far below that of the clubs they are trying to compete with.

"Yet he consistently gets his teams to phenomenal positions in the league."

Caldwell has his own Scot to please - and his own highly-rated manager - in Owen Coyle.

Viewed by many as a surprise choice to take over at Burnley less than two years ago, the former St Johnstone boss has gone on to prove what an outstanding prospect he is.

Though committed to Coyle's methods, Caldwell does not believe comparisons to Ferguson and Moyes are deserved just yet - but is convinced one day they will be.

"Owen would be the first to say he doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same way as Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes," he said.

"But he definitely has the capability to follow them.

"He is a great man who brings out the best in players. He gives you a freedom to express yourself and enjoy your work.

"It is not an 'anything goes' attitude, if you drop below the standard he thinks you are capable of, he comes down on you like a ton of bricks.

"But we are free to go out and express ourselves. No-one plays with fear. We know what is required and he knows what we are capable of."

Everton have doubts over midfielders Jack Rodwell and Steven Pienaar.

The pair were hurt in the Europa League play-off first-leg win over Sigma Olomouc at Goodison Park, with Rodwell scoring twice in the 4-0 success.

Rodwell has a twisted knee while Pienaar picked up a foot injury.

Everton are also unlikely to have Joleon Lescott back in the squad after he was dropped against the Czech Republic outfit for his poor attitude.

Phil Neville could be set for an extended run at centre-half as the Lescott saga continues to swirl around Everton.

The club captain made a winning start in midweek when he stepped into the role with his side chalking up a 4-0 victory against Sigma Olomouc in the Europa League play-off first leg.

Neville looks certain to retain that slot at Turf Moor as speculation grows that Lescott is edging ever closer to a move to Manchester City.

Lescott was banished from the squad by David Moyes for a bad attitude after two bids were rejected, leaving the manager short of options in that area.

Moyes said: "Phil did a great job as centre half is not his position. He is a terrific pro. He may well have to do it again until the situation changes.

"There were one or two rocky moments but there are going to be until we get at least one centre half, maybe two, depending on what we need."

Moyes is still hurting by the 6-1 defeat by Arsenal but knows it will be tough against a Burnley side, managed by fellow Scot Owen Coyle, that defeat Manchester United in midweek.

Moyes added: "I feel a bit better after our result against the Czechs but it's one game and we've a bit more to go before we recover from the opening day defeat.

"Owen's got Burnley doing really well. They deserved to beat United because of their energy and that will give them great confidence."