Everton v Brighton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
October 30, 2018
Goodison Park - Premier League
Two teams close together in the Premier League table meet on Saturday as Everton welcome Brighton to Goodison Park. The Seagulls are flying right now, but will the Toffees clip their wings this weekend?
There haven’t been too many meetings between these sides over the years, but Brighton have only ever beaten Everton twice in their history. The first time was a 1924 FA Cup tie, while the most recent was a Division One game in 1982. Everton were 2-0 winners in last season’s corresponding fixture, after the Toffees took a point from the Amex courtesy of a 1-1 draw.
James McCarthy is Marco Silva’s only injury concern coming into this game. The Toffees boss could decide to bring Yerry Mina into the team for his debut, although Michael Keane and Kurt Zouma are forming a strong partnership in central defence.
Davy Propper is the only player who’s certain to miss this game for the visitors. Glenn Murray was able to play last weekend after a concussion, while Pascal Gross is closing in on a return from injury.
Everton v Brighton Preview and Predictions
There’s only one point separating these two teams at the moment, which is something of an indictment of Everton’s inconsistent form. Their new manager’s ideas seem to be getting across, despite their winning run coming to an end against Manchester United last time out. Brighton are on a great run themselves though, and should prove a test for the Toffees.
The Seagulls recorded their third victory in a row against Wolves on Saturday, with all of those coming via a 1-0 scoreline. Chris Hughton’s side have shown they have the ability to grind out results, and that could be crucial as they look to consolidate their top-flight status in their second season back in the big time.
The visitors are 24/5 to make it four wins on the bounce here, but Everton start as the 17/25 favourites. The Toffees won three in a row themselves before their defeat at Old Trafford, where Manchester United were fortunate to benefit from two decisions that went their way.
Everton were strong in the press against United, who were awarded a debatable penalty and should’ve had Chris Smalling sent off for a second bookable offence in scything down Richarlison for the Blues’ own spot kick. The hosts are expected to win if they can deliver the same intensity here, but the draw is priced at 56/19 if you think the game will end with honours even.
Everton to win to nil at 7/4
Brighton don’t score too many goals, while Everton are looking for their third successive clean sheet at home.
Brighton to win 1-0 at 14/1
Or back the Seagulls to soar with their fourth victory in a row by the same 1-0 scoreline.