Preview - Everton vs Brighton March 10 2018

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Match Day 30
Everton vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Saturday, March 10th, 2018
23:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Goodison Park

Last five matches form: W L W L L
Average goals per match: 1.1
Average goals against per match: 1.7
Top Scorer: Wayne Rooney (10)

Brighton & Hove Albion:
Last five matches form: W D W W W
Average goals per match: 1.0
Average goals against per match: 1.3
Top Scorer: Glenn Murray (11)

10th plays 11th at Goodison this coming Saturday with both Everton and Brighton seemingly now safe in mid-table and away from the relegation zone. It would certainly take a spectacular blow up from either side to be drawn back into the mire now.

Whilst Everton continue to stumble along from good performance to bad, Brighton are in their best form of these season, firing in the goals to win four of their last five.

Phil Jagielka is expected to return to the heart of the Everton defence as Ashley Williams misses out through suspension. Ezequiel Schelotto may struggle to recover from his head injury for Brighton.

Brighton do arrive in the better form, but the bulk of their best efforts have come at the Amex. Away from home they have mustered a paltry 7 goals in 14 outings. Everton have won five of their last eight at home, with the only defeat in that period coming against Manchester United.

With Cenk Tosun beginning to find his feet in the Premier League and a midfield trio of Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott and Gylfi Sigurdsson offering plenty of creativity, we expect the Toffees to do just enough to win this one. Sam Allardyce's men do continue to be dodgy at the back though and if the Seagulls are to add to their away goals tally, it may well be here.

Prediction: Everton 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots: 13 - 10
Shots on target: 3 - 4
Corner Kicks: 10 - 3
Possession: 59% - 41%

Referee Roger East reached for his pocket twice here, booking Ezequiel Schelotto for Brighton and issuing a straight red to the visitors Anthony Knockaert.

The Toffee's recorded a deserved success to take them above the travelsick Seagulls. Another away day and another blank scoresheet for Chris Hughton's men and Everton made them pay.

A largely uneventful first period saw Everton create the better of the chances there were, without really carving Brighton open. A Glenn Murray header just before the interval was about the only chance for the visitors.

When the breakthrough eventually did come in the 60th minute, it was Brighton's Gaetan Bong who was left with his head in his hands. The ball into the box by Yannick Bolassie was a good one, but Bong would still like to have done better than put the ball past his keeper Mathew Ryan. 1-0.

Given Brighton's lack of proficiency in front of goal on their travels, this one was all over in the 76th minute. A neat one-two between Cenk Tosun and Leighton Baines left Everton's recent acquisition with a chance in the 18-yard box. Tosun certainly didn't pass up the opportunity, finishing well into the top corner.

It was all too much for Anthony Knockaert. The Frenchman putting in an awful challenge on Baines in the 80th minute and receiving his marching orders.

There was still time for Wayne Rooney to miss an 88th minute penalty, but it made no difference as Everton picked up a comfortable three points.

Everton move up to ninth ahead of Watford's clash with Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday. Brighton stay on 34 points but crucially remain seven points clear of the relegation zone.

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