Brighton vs Everton: All You Need To Know About The Premier League Match

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Premier League 17/18: Brighton vs Everton

Brighton will be hoping to maintain their 100 percent win record at the Amex this season, as they take on a dysfunctional Everton side on Sunday lunchtime.

The Seagulls can be relatively content with their start to the new season as they find themselves sat five places above the bottom three on seven points.For Everton, this fixture has become of far bigger importance than what they would have expected when the fixture list was released.

Ronald Koeman finds himself under huge pressure with his side losing four of their last five league matches.The Toffees must pick up a big result here otherwise Koeman’s future on Merseyside will be looking incredibly bleak.

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After arriving from German side Ingolstadt in the summer, Pascal Gross has made a really impressive start to life as a Premier League player.

The midfielder, who cost £3m, was nominated for the Premier League Player of the Month award for September. He helped Brighton to two victories, by scoring two and providing two assists. Gross has proven to be a pivotal figure in Brighton’s midfield so far this season – providing a huge spark of energy.

On average, so far only James Milner has covered more ground per 90 minutes in the Premier League this season. Gross is the man the Toffees must contain should they hope to nullify Brighton’s chance creation.

The key focus of this fixture will undoubtedly be on Ronald Koeman’s future at Everton. After a huge summer of spending, Koeman’s side find themselves languishing down in 16th place.Having started poorly in both the league and in Europe, Koeman finds himself under serious pressure.

With Brighton now looming, you’d think that anything less than a win here would mean that the Premier League would have its second managerial casualty of the season.

Match Details

Date: 15th October, Sunday.
Time: 18:00 IST/ 13:30 BST
Venue: American Express Stadium (Brighton)
TV Broadcast: Will not be televised in UK, Star Sports Select 1/ HD 1 (India)
Live Streaming Link: www.Ronaldo7.net

Team News

Brighton: Brighton are set to be without midfielder Davy Propper, who limped out of Holland’s clash with Sweden with a thigh problem. The Seagulls are already without Steve Sidwell, Beram Kayal and potentially Sam Baldock. Tomer Hemed also misses the clash through suspension.

Everton: Everton are set to be boosted by the return of captain Phil Jagielka.The central-defender has recovered from a hamstring injury. Koeman’s continues to be without long-term absentees Ross Barkley, Yannick Bolasie, Funes Mori, Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy.

Predicted Line Up

Brighton : Ryan(GK), Suttner, Dunk , Duffy, Bruno, Gross, Stephens, Knockaert, March, Brown, Murray.

Everton : Pickford(GK), Keane, Williams, Jagielka, Baines, Holgate, Gueye, Davies, Calvert-Lewin, Rooney, Niasse.

Match stats

  1. This will be the first competitive meeting between Brighton and Everton since April 1983 in the top-flight. The Toffees won that game at Brighton 2-1, courtesy of a brace from Kevin Sheedy.
  2. Brighton have picked up just one win from their eight league meetings with Everton (W1 D3 L4). The Seagulls won 3-1 in February 1982, with goals from Tony Grealish, Gerry Ryan and Steve Foster securing the points that day.
  3. Everton have lost just one of their last 19 Premier League games against newly-promoted teams (W10 D8 L1), with that solitary defeat coming at the hands of Burnley in October 2016.
  4. The Toffees have scored just six goals in their last 12 matches in the Premier League, failing to score on seven occasions.
  5. Everton have had just 17 shots on target in their first seven Premier League games this season – only two more than Romelu Lukaku has had for Manchester United on his own this season (15).
  6. Ronald Koeman has won just 18.2% of his Premier League away games in charge of Everton (P22 W4 D7 L11), compared to winning 36.8% on the road while at Southampton (P38 W14 D8 L16).
  7. Chris Hughton has lost just one of his five previous games against Everton as a manager (W2 D2 L1), although that defeat came last time out while in charge at Norwich in January 2014.
  8. Pascal Groß has covered 82.1km so far this season, the third highest total in the Premier League behind Burnley’s Jack Cork (85.1km) and Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucouré (83.4km).
  9. Groß has also been involved in four of Brighton’s five Premier League goals this season (two goals, two assists) and has created 15 goalscoring chances so far; eight more than any other Brighton player.
  10. Since the start of last season, Everton’s Idrissa Gueye has made more tackles (161) than any other player in the Premier League.