Everton vs Brighton: Predictions, tips, match preview & betting odds
Everton vs Brighton: Predictions
Everton will be looking to continue their perfect start to the season when they host Brighton at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.
After seriously revamping his midfield with the arrivals of James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure, Carlo Ancelotti — who will celebrate his 100th Premier League match as a manager here — has led his side to three consecutive wins to open the new Premier League season, while the Toffees have also dispatched Salford City and Fleetwood Town to reach the EFL Cup round-of-16.
But Everton will have to bring their A-game once again if they’re to take all three points from Brighton who, despite taking just three points from three games so far (with a 3-0 win over Newcastle), have pushed both Chelsea and Man Utd all the way in 3-1 and 3-2 defeats respectively. With a little more luck, the Seagulls would certainly have more points on the board.
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Everton vs Brighton: Team News
Brazilian Allan could be missing for Everton in this game after he was withdrawn during the midweek EFL Cup tie with West Ham. Andre Gomes is also set to miss out, while Jonjoe Kenny is another who was substituted due to injury against the Hammers, although he was unlikely to start ahead of Seamus Coleman in this one.
Alireza Jahanbakhsh will miss out on the matchday squad for Brighton after picking up a knock in the EFL Cup loss to Manchester United in midweek, but the Seagulls can at least welcome back Yves Bissouma from suspension. Jose Izquierdo, Florin Andone and Davy Propper continue to miss out.
After a promising 2019/20 campaign, Dominic Calvert-Lewin has started the new season like a house on fire, netting five goals in three Premier League games so far. His run of three consecutive league games on the scoresheet is impressive, but making it four will be an incredible achievement given it’s something no Everton player has managed since Francis Jeffers did so in September 2000.
That said, Neal Maupay is enjoying his own fine start to the season with three goals and an assist from three games so far. Brighton and Everton have scored at least two goals in each of their last four games respectively and all of this suggests we’ll witness a goal glut on Merseyside.
Recent encounters between these two have been dominated by the home side, with no away win since Everton took three points on the south coast way back in April 1983. However, there have been plenty of high-scoring, entertaining encounters since then and given the attacking form of both sides, we expect that to be the case here.