Brighton vs Everton Preview:
Probable starting lineups:
Ryan, Bruno, Dunk, Duffy, Suttner, March, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo, Gross, Brown
Pickford, Martina, Keane, Williams, Baines, Schneiderlin, Gueye, Calvert-Lewin, Rooney, Sigurdsson, Niasse
Both sides had similar start in the new season and have collected seven points after seven rounds. They won two home matches and earned one point on road. Brighton have better goal difference and sit on the 14th position which is not so bad for the newly-promoted side. Everton have ambitious for one of top seven positions and this is a disappointing start to the season. Brighton scored five goals in three matches and in the remaining four games they failed to score. That includes the last match against Arsenal at the Emirats. Their best match was against West Bromwich when they scored three goals, while in the last home match narrowly won against Newcastle. Pascal Gross is the key player in the team as was been involved in all but one of the Seagulls' league goal. Gross has scored two goals and also provided two assists. Here are the results of the last two matches, both finished with Under 2.5 goals:
01.10.2017. Arsenal v Brighton 2:0
24.09.2017. Brighton v Newcastle 1:0
Manager Chris Hughton has lot of issues ahead of this match. Steve Sidwell is recovering from back surgery, Sam Baldock is sidelined with a calf injury, while Beram Kayal continues to recover from a broken leg. Tomer Hemed will serve the second of a three-match suspension, so Hughton can not count on him too. Davy Propper and Glenn Murray should be fit and available for the hosts.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman is under pressure after their home defeat to Burnley before the international break. That was the fourth match when they failed to score a goal. The Toffees had tough schedule with four derby matches against Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester United and Manchester City. Everton have scored only one goal on these matches and lost three of them. Their last victory was against Bournemouth at Goodison Park two rounds ago. That was the only match in which Everton scored two goals in this season of the Premier League. Koeman spent a lot of money during summer transfer period, but obviously new players need time to adapt in the team. The Dutch coach has some injury worries ahead of this match. Ramiro Funes Mori, Ross Barkley, Seamus Coleman, Yannick Bolasie and James McCarthy will miss the match, while Phil Jagielka is doubtful due to a hamstring injury. The captain has missed the last four league and cup games for his team, but the doctors are optimistic about his return. If so, he could replace Ashley Williams.
Brighton and Everton didn't play in the Premier League in the last 34 years.
Brighton vs Everton Prediction:
I expect a low scoring match at Amex Stadium. Brighton are hosts and they will try to win, however the Seagulls are too much depending on Gross. Koeman is well aware about that fact and I am sure he will pay special attention to Gross. Everton, meanwhile, have problem when play on road. The Toffees are winless in 11 league away games since beating Crystal Palace in January. Even worse, Everton have scored just six goals in their last twelve Premier League matches, failing to score on 7 of these 12 games. According to the results and efficiency on both sides, I think there will be less than three goals.
Brighton vs Everton Pick: Under 2.5 goals