Brighton visit Everton in a clash between two of the Premier League’s most improved clubs. The Toffees have claimed maximum points from their first three outings and have been transformed by the summer arrivals of James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure. In the opposing camp, Graham Potter has earned plaudits for his team’s attractive brand of football.
Where and when: Goodison Park, Liverpool – 3 October, kick-off 15:00
Where you can see Everton vs. Brighton: BT Sport 1
Last time: Richarlison’s fine curling effort was the difference.
Everton v Brighton Predictions and Preview
Carlo Ancelotti will be thrilled with what he has seen this campaign. Much will be made of the new recruits but the legendary tactician has developed Dominic Calvert-Lewin in to an accomplished number 9. The English forward struggled for consistency before the former Milan boss arrived on Merseyside but has flourished under Ancelotti’s guidance.
Calvert-Lewin was unlucky not to be called up to Gareth Southgate’s party for the Nations League double header but is almost certain to be included for the games with Wales and Belgium. The Sheffield native, who has five strikes to his name, has formed a dazzling partnership with Richarlison and is 9/2 to break the deadlock.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Aaron Connolly to score first||10/1||Offer|
|Over 4.5 goals||11/2||Offer|
|Draw and both teams to score||4/1||Offer|
Visitors Brighton were desperately unlucky against Manchester United. The Seagulls hit the woodwork on five occasions and left the field empty ended after Bruno Fernandes’ dramatic 100th minute penalty. Albion have a number of exciting talents in Tariq Lamptey, Ben White, Connolly, Leandro Trossard and Neal Maupay while Lewis Dunk and Adam Lallana provide years of top flight experience.
Maupay struck on 10 occasions last term and is on course to eclipse this haul with the help of Lallana and Trossard. The French attacker is 7/1 to open proceedings and after initially struggling to perform, is justifying the £20m fee Brighton paid Brentford some 13 months ago.
Trossard hammered the frame of the goal three times in the duel with the Red Devils and will hope for better fortune this weekend. The winger is 4/1 to bag anytime and Albion are 9/2 to come away with the spoils. A draw is available at 11/4.
One to watch for Everton: Any doubts over Rodriguez’ suitability to the English game were quickly dispelled and the Colombian has sparkled in tandem with Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin. The ex-Real Madrid playmaker is 11/2 to score first.
One to watch for Brighton: Lamptey has shone since moving from Chelsea and is Albion’s chief threat down the right side. The diminutive wing-back is an astonishing 50/1 to notch last.
Long shot: Everton are ambitious and finally look the part. The Toffees have long-lived in the shadows of their bitter neighbours Liverpool and a European berth is a realistic objective. Expect Brighton to contribute to the contest but Ancelotti’s red-hot forwards to wreak more havoc. A 4-2 success for the hosts is 60/1.