Classy Everton look to continue perfect start against Brighton
Everton to win 2-1
It’s far too early to start suggesting that Everton could ‘do a Leicester’ and win the Premier League, but they’ve certainly started in great fashion, winning all three of their league matches.
Carlo Ancelotti is building a great team on the blue half of Merseyside and he will be delighted at how quickly his new signings have bedded in, as well as the form of his existing players.
They will face tougher challenges than the teams they have faced so far, but without disrespect for Brighton, it may not be them.
Brighton themselves have been solid, and have the squad to finish comfortably mid-table this season, barring too many injuries.
They were desperately unlucky to end the game against Manchester United with defeat and they’ll be looking to avenge that here.
It’ll be a good game, but Everton are one of the league’s most in-form teams and will be favourites in this one.
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Reasons to be cheerful:
Everton will be delighted with their start to the season
Calvert-Lewin is the striker most in-form so far
Reasons to be fearful:
Midweek injuries to key duo could prove costly
Brighton looked good against Man United last weekend
Everton are aiming to continue their sparkling early season form against Brighton.
Alongside Leicester and Liverpool, Everton sit atop the Premier League with three wins from as many matches, with both new and existing players stepping up with fabulous performances.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, in particular, has been brilliant up front, scoring his second hattrick of the season in the midweek Carabao Cup game against West Ham.
Their opponents have been solid so far this season, and have shown improvement on last year, but have conceded six goals in three league games, and Everton will be expected to create plenty of chances this weekend.
Injuries have hit Everton this week, however. In the midweek win, Richarlison, Allan and Kenny all limped down the tunnel – Richarlison should be fit for the weekend, but the other two may be longer-lasting.
That being said, these are exciting times for Everton supporters, even if they can’t currently cheer their team on inside Goodison Park. The odds are with them to continue their winning streak this weekend.
Star Man – Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Eight goals in five appearances this season – the striker is in red-hot form currently.
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Reasons to be cheerful
Won two of previous three matches vs. Everton
Playmaker Trossard is in top form
Reasons to be fearful
Everton will be hard to stop in current form
Hard-fought defeats to Chelsea and Man United will be tough to take
Brighton will welcome back Yves Bissouma to the team following his red card in the win against Newcastle. His presence will bring added quality to their midfield and was missed in the league and cup defeats to Man United.
Other than that, Brighton have no squad concerns and can take a lot of credit from their performances so far.
They played well in their win over Newcastle and were unfortunate in their defeats against Chelsea and Man United, showing that they will be more than a match for most teams this season.
How they bounce back to those defeats will define their season. Often teams in the lower-half of the table can be dispirited after losing a couple of matches, though Graham Potter’s side should still be comfortably safe this season.
Everton will arguably pose a tougher challenge than Man United did last weekend, however. They are in better form and have players such as Rodriguez, Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin who are playing exceptional football currently.
Star Man – Leandro Trossard
Hit the woodwork three times against Man United and caused them all sorts of problems. His creativity will be key.
Everton are favourites but this will be a close game
Calvert-Lewin a good shout to be on the scoresheet
Brighton can get at Everton’s defence
When West Brom played Everton a couple of weeks ago, they had some joy by running directly at The Toffee’s defence. Grady Diangana scored by doing just this – picking up the ball inside his own half, charging towards Everton’s goal before scoring.
Brighton must be direct in their attacks at Everton, playing the ball quickly up to Maupay and getting Trossard chances around the box.
Everton will be favourites with the form that they are in – they are creating chances for fun right now and scoring plenty of them. But this could be a tighter game than people are predicting.
Everton to win 2-1