The blues are back in Premier League action following last weeks 2-0 victory over West Ham United at Goodison Park and are seeking a first league away victory since March as they visit The Amex stadium to meet Brighton.
The visit to the South Coast indicates a huge test for Marco Silva and his team as they look to record back to back Premier League wins for the first time this season.
This is yet another game Marco Silva has labelled as ‘must win’ as he questions his sides away from, stating it must improve.
Team news has left manager Marco Silva with a ‘selection headache’ as Fabian Delph, Seamus Coleman and Morgan Schneiderlin all return to the squad following injuries and suspensions. Gbamin, remains Everton’s only guaranteed absentee, as Yerry Mina is a major doubt following an injury sustained last weekend, with Holgate likely to feature if the Colombian is ruled out.
Jordan Pickford will start in goal with Michael Keane and Lucas Digne the only other guarantees to start in the back five. Mina will start if he’s fit, If not, it’ll be Mason Holgate. The big decision for Silva is Sidibe or Coleman, does Marco show faith in his captain or keep Sidibe in after a fine display last week. Gomes should start, and the next dilemma is seemingly between Tom Davies and Fabian Delph. Does he stick with the scouse midfielder or revert to experience with Delph. Moise Kean, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Gylfi Sigurdsson sat on the bench last week and after superb displays from Bernard, Richarlison, Iwobi and *gulps* Theo Walcott. Now for the first two they’re likely to be in the same place, on the bench and a final decision for Silva is to keep Iwobi in the ten or return Gylfi Sigurdsson to the XI after his superb goal last week. A good problem to have, but still a dilemma for Silva.
Predicted XI; Pickford; Coleman, Mina [Holgate], Keane, Digne; Davies, Gomes; Walcott, Iwobi, Bernard; Richarlison.
Brighton are without Brazilian full back Bernardo and long term absentee Jose Izquiedro whilst Aaron Mooy is suspended. Striker Neal Maupay is fit after being a doubt earlier in the week.
Last seasons two meeting ended as a win a piece for the two sides. Firstly 3-1 to The Blues at Goodison with goals coming from Richalison x2 and Coleman with Lewis Dunk scoring for the visitors. At Brighton, the hosts came as 1-0 winners with Locadia scoring. The blues have drew and lost at Brighton since there promotion and will be looking to turn this around with the game on Saturday.
Brighton have improved under Potter, but hopefully, Everton can begin a run now, so I’m going for a 1-2 win for the Toffees.