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Everton manager Rafa Benitez says James Rodriguez is working on adapting to his team's alternate style of play as they prepare to host Burnley.

The Toffees have started well in the Premier League, with defeats of Southampton and Brighton and Hove Albion coming either side of a draw with Leeds United.

However, Everton face a side they have won just three of their last eight top-flight meetings against as Benitez offered an insight into the situation with the wantaway James.

"He's training with the team. Obviously, we have been talking about his future, we had some clubs interested," Benitez said. "He still is here, he is training with the rest of the team-mates.

"The team is doing well, the players understand what we want to do and he has to understand that.

"Then we have to bring the best from each player, in this case he has to adapt to the team and then we will try to get the best from everyone."

The hosts can, though, call upon Richarlison, the forward cleared to play by FIFA after Brazil had requested their absent stars to be suspended from action following their refusal to report for international duty.

Dyche unsurprisingly labeled Everton as a "strong outfit", while finding time to credit Dwight McNeil, who is in line to become the youngest Claret to 100 appearances in the Premier League.

Having signed Maxwel Cornet from Lyon for a club-record fee, Dyche also spoke glowingly of his relationship with the board at Turf Moor.

"We're trying to mould further than just the immediacy by bringing in younger players," Dyche said.

"We've got a different-minded board now, more open-minded. We want players to come in wherever they come from."

Everton - Demarai Gray

Demarai Gray has scored in each of his last two Premier League games, having scored in just two of his previous 32 in the competition. It's only the second time he's scored in consecutive appearances in the Premier League, also doing so in December 2017.

Burnley - Maxwel Cornet

Cornet signed from Lyon in August, starting 29 Ligue 1 games last term. The versatile wing-back contributed five assists - bettered only by Lyon's Memphis Depay (12) and Karl Toko Ekambi (six) - and two goals, while also creating 22 goalscoring opportunities from open play.

·Just one of the last 15 league meetings between Everton and Burnley has been drawn, with each side winning seven each. The one draw in that run came at Turf Moor last season (1-1).

·After losing four of their first five Premier League away games on a Monday (D1), and conceding 15 goals in the process, the Clarets have won two of their last three on the road (D1), keeping a clean sheet in all three games.

·Everton have scored seven goals in their three Premier League games this season, as many as they had in their last 10 games last term. The Toffees are looking to win three consecutive home league games for the first time since a run of six between March and September 2019.

·Burnley have lost nine of their last 12 Premier League matches (W2 D1). However, each of the Clarets' last four wins in the competition have all come away from home.

·Burnley have played the highest percentage of their passes long in the Premier League this season (24%), while the Clarets have also had the fewest sequences of 10+ passes (4).

Updated September 11, 2021

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