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Brighton vs Everton: Predictions
It was late heartache for both Brighton and Everton last time out, with the former once again losing to Manchester United at the death, while Everton were the architects of their own downfall, failing to capitalise on the numerous gilt-edged chances they had before Crystal Palace struck in the dying embers.
The Seagulls were not made to rue their late defeat as 18th-placed Fulham were unable to negotiate a win over Aston Villa, meaning the gap between Graham Potter’s men and the drop zone remains at six points, but the Toffees lost ground in the top-four race, with West Ham collecting three points and stealing a march.
Carlo Ancelotti would have taken note of both Tottenham and Chelsea dropping points, but Liverpool looked back to their best against Arsenal, while the Hammers, against all odds, continue to churn out results, beating Wolves, meaning there are now just five points in it from Everton in eighth and David Moyes’ men in fourth.
The Merseysiders also have a game in hand, but that will count for little if Ancelotti cannot stop the rot and find form once again, with his side currently winless in three, including a 2-1 loss to Burnley, and with north London duo Arsenal and Tottenham following this contest. Three points, therefore, is simply non-negotiable for Ancelotti here if the Toffees are to push for Europe.
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Brighton vs Everton: Match Stats
An Achilles’ heel for Brighton this season has of course been their inability to find the back of the net on a consistent basis, despite being one of the division’s most fluid attacking unit, but defensively their pitfalls have come in the form of set-pieces, with only Leeds (15) and Sheffield United (11) conceding more than them (10).
Ancelotti may have identified this weakness, and if so, Dominic Calvert-Lewin could have an aerial field day. The England international has scored more headed goals than any player in the Premier League this season (six) and he will be relishing this matchup against a Brighton defence susceptible from deadball scenarios.
If Brighton are to get anything from this game, though, they will need to hold their own in the midfield battle, and that will be where Yves Bissouma’s role is elevated to the nth degree. The Mali international currently ranks third in the Premier League for most tackles (77) and Potter will need his tenacious enforcer to be snapping at heels from the off to frustrate and disturb the fluid presence of Everton’s graceful ball-players.
03 Oct 2020 – Everton 4-2 Brighton – Premier League
11 Jan 2020 – Everton 1-0 Brighton – Premier League
26 Oct 2019 – Brighton 3-2 Everton – Premier League
29 Dec 2018 – Brighton 1-0 Everton – Premier League
29 Dec 2018 – Everton 3-1 Brighton – Premier League
A six-goal thriller unfolded at Goodison Park back in autumn, in which Everton got the better of their South Coast counterparts and James Rodriguez continued his blistering start to life in England with a well-wrought brace, but away from Merseyside, Brighton have enjoyed the greater success. Across their three home matches in the Premier League, the Seagulls remains unbeaten against Everton, last losing at home to the Toffees in the top-flight in 1982/83.