Brighton v Everton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 27, 2018
Amex Stadium - Premier League
Brighton host Everton on the final Satuday of the year with both teams coming into the game following positive results on Boxing Day. The Toffees knocked five past Burnley in a dominant display, whilst Seagulls fans will be equally pleased with their draw against Arsenal.
Everton beat Brighton in the reverse fixture, with Richarlison notching a double. However, the Seagulls managed to hold the visitors to a 1-1 draw in last season's edition of this fixture, with the Toffees requiring a 90th minute Wayne Rooney penalty to cancel out Anthony Knockaert's opener.
Chris Hughton is unlikely to make significant changes to the side that draw on Boxing Day, with a similar brief for his players. With fresh legs an issue, Marco Montoya may make way for Bruno at right-back, whilst one of Solly March or Anthony Knockaert may miss out to allow goal-scorer Jurgen Locadia to continue his form.
Richarlison will return to the starting line-up having been rested against Burnley, with Idrissa Gueye also likely to start, although his fitness may be a factor. Marco Silva may also be tempted to persevere with a three-man defence, meaning yet another start for Kurt Zouma, with Tom Davies and Morgan Schneiderlin likely victims of the formation change.
Brighton v Everton Preview and Predictions
Boxing Day football will have made for enjoyable watching for fans of both Brighton and Everton, with both sides looking for similar results this weekend. Indeed, Everton are 5/4 for the victory, with Brighton at 13/5 and the draw 27/11.
The Seagulls' equalizer following an early Arsenal goal saw the south-coast side shut the Gunners out for the remainder of the game, whilst out-shooting the away side despite having a minority of possession. Hughton is likely to face a similar challenge on Saturday, with visitors, Everton, keen to get on the ball and dictate play. However, as the home-side have shown this season, they are more than capable of sitting back, soaking up pressure, before hitting opponents with pacey industrious wingers.
The Toffees will travel to Brighton full of confidence following their ruthless display against Burnely. Silva appears to have discovered the heir to Leighton Baines in Lucas Digne, who excelled in his advanced position at left-wing pack, scoring a brace against the Clarets. Having experimented with a formation change, the manager appears to have found a way for his attacking players to express themelves whilst maintaining a level of defensive stability.
A three-man defence could well be the answer for Everton going forward, with a trio of classy young-centre backs, and two industrious, technical full-backs. The only problem may be squad depth, with Phil Jagielka set to be the only other central defender as Mason Holgate is nearing a loan move.
Saturday's clash will be an interesting one, from a tactical point of view, with both managers keen on packing out midfield. However, whereas Silva is likely to field Richarlison as a false-nine, Hughton will undoubtedly start with Glenn Murray up front, allowing the Englishman to test Everton's new defensive system. If he can unsettle them sufficiently, the Toffees may be in for a closer contest than mid-week.
Richarlison to score anytime at 13/8
The Brazilian is enjoying the break-out season that many predicted from his time at Watford and will be the top scorer on the pitch.
Draw and both teams to score at 3/1
Everton have been inconsistent this season and Brighton will be keen to repeat their performance against Arsenal.