Carlo Ancelotti believes Burnley will provide his Everton side with a stern test when the two go head to head in the Premier League this weekend.

The Italian's first game in charge of the Toffees was a 1-0 victory over the Clarets on Boxing Day 2019 and Ancelotti is expecting a similar challenge this time around.

The Clarets are second bottom of the Premier League table but recorded their first win of the season in their last home match when they beat Crystal Palace.

Everton arrive having lost four of their last five and Ancelotti knows his side has had defensive weaknesses in recent weeks, something he hopes to rectify against a Burnley side who he expects to be organised and hard to break down.

"I think it will be the same game (as my first in charge)," he said of facing Sean Dyche's side.

"Burnley didn’t change its identity, it’s a strong one and a strong organisation. They are better now compared to the start of the season, we know what kind of game to expect.”

He added: “We are good offensively, we had problems defensively. Every game is a test to see how we are & tomorrow I hope we can be better on this aspect.”

Everton will include former Claret Michael Keane in their ranks with the 27-year-old enjoying a strong season on Merseyside.

He excelled for Burnley before moving on three years ago and will want to cement his place in the England squad for next summer's delayed European Championships.

And Ancelotti has been impressed by his centre back this term.

“We were talking about consistency," said the Goodison Park boss. "He had it this year. He’s reached a good level and has been able to keep that level with good performances.”