Everton v Brighton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
March 06, 2018
Goodison Park - Premier League
Everton welcome Brighton to Merseyside this weekend, with both sides looking to make certain of their Premier League status.
These two sides played out a 1-1 draw on the south coast earlier this season, in their first ever Premier League meeting. Anthony Knockaert netted late on for the hosts, but Everton hit back through Wayne Rooney's late penalty.
Everton will be without Ashley Williams, who begins three match ban following his red card against Burnley last weekend, with Mason Holgate likely to step in.
However manager Sam Allardyce does have some positive news on his defenders, with Phil Jagielka and Ramiro Funes Mori both set to be fit - but Eliaquim Managala is out for the rest of the season.
Brighton have an injury doubt over Ezequiel Schelotto, who was withdrawn during their win over Arsenal last weekend with a concussion, with club captain Bruno set to come in if he misses out.
Steve Sidewell, Jon Skalak and Isiah Brown all remain out for Chris Hughton's side.
Everton v Brighton Preview and Predictions
Everton host the Seagulls on the back of a particularly poor run of recent form, with just two wins in their last 12 games in all competitions ahead of this weekend.
Brighton head north on the back of an excellent win at home to Arsenal, and they are unbeaten in their last seven games in league and cup action.
Home advantage will be important for Everton, as those two wins came at Goodison Park, however Brighton will not be intimidated with their confidence at an all-season high currently.
Allardyce desperately needs to get points on the board, to ease any lingering doubts of relegation, and to appease a frustrated fan base, however Brighton will be a tough nut to crack.
Hughton's has moulded his side into an effective unit this season, and they will not be fazed by the Toffees, and given Everton's lack of attacking intent in recent weeks, there is little to suggest that the home side will threaten in a major way.
A point would nudge both sides slightly closer to the magic 40-point mark, and neither side could really complain, as despite Brighton's upward curve, their away form has been a chink in their armour - a draw is priced at 23/10.
A 1-1 draw at 6/1
Everton are simply just waiting for the season to end, and with Brighton in really positive form in 2018 they will have their work cut out to stop them. The Toffees are generally very consistent at home at that should see them clear to avoid a defeat.
Glenn Murray to score first at 11/2
Murray is the Seagulls leading scorer this season, with 11 goals in their debut Premier League season. The experienced front man has scored key goals all season, netting away at West Ham, Swansea, Southampton, and he has three goals in his last appearances.