Brighton v Everton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

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Everton would have suspected Brighton would be struggling by the time they played them but they wouldn’t have reckoned on being beneath the Seagulls. The sides are level on points and neither can afford to lose.

Past Meetings

Brighton have only beaten Everton twice in 11 meetings but the clubs haven’t met since 1983 when Everton won on the south coast. Brighton won in 1982 but you have to go all the way back to 1924 in the FA Cup for their other victory.

Team News

Brighton midfielder Davy Propper pulled out of Holland’s game with Sweden on Tuesday and is doubtful. Albion are also expected to be without Sam Baldock and Beram Kayal who have calf injuries and Steve Sidwell who is still troubled by a back injury. Chris Hughton’s outfit are definitely minus Tomer Hemed who is suspended.

Everton are strengthened by the return of the dependable defender Phil Jagielka after injury but the likes of Seamus Coleman and Yannick Bolasie remain long-term absences.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Everton Preview and Predictions

Brighton are 68/29 to win, Everton are 6/4 with 23/10 offered on a draw.

After four home games in a row, the last a tame defeat to Burnley, Everton return to the road. They lost their last three away trips, conceding nine without scoring, but Brighton don’t have the attacking threat of Chelsea or Manchester United who Everton have faced recently.

However Brighton have won their last three home games including a cup-tie and have only failed to win at home against Manchester City on the opening weekend of the season. Ronald Koeman has had backing from the Everton hierarchy that looked suspiciously like the always worrying vote of confidence and should the ex-Southampton manager taste defeat on the south coast he may be out of a job just as his national team look like needing a new one.

If Everton are to come good they need goals and they have plenty of talent capable of providing them. If chances can be made against a well organised Brighton rear-guard then

Dominic Calvert-Lewin to open the scoring at 13/2, Wayne Rooney to score first is at 6/1 and set-piece specialist Gylfi Sigurdsson at 15/2

Recommended bets

Brighton to win 1-0 at 8/1

Brighton have won three in a row at home in all competitions, two of them 1-0 and they are capable of doing so again against struggling Everton.

Leighton Baines to score at any time at 17/2

Odds that it could be hard to resist for a dependable penalty taker and Everton are due a spot-kick.