After two consecutive losses on the road, the Blues are back in home territory to face a red hot Brighton & Hove Albion.

Last weekend’s Premier League exploits saw Everton drop two places down the table to 11th with Saturday afternoon’s opponents’ superior goal difference seeing them rise to 10th.

Chris Hughton’s side have won their last three games, in fine fashion too.

They downed Coventry 3-1 in the FA Cup before widening the gap between themselves and the drop zone with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Swansea.

It was their latest win 2-1 over Arsenal at the Amex Stadium which caught the eye with the score line flattering the Gunners.

Sky were waxing lyrical about how poor Arsenal were but all credit to those in blue and white.

Brighton were excellent on the day and made Arsenal look like they were the team experiencing their first term in the Premier League, not the other way around.

In many ways Brighton’s fearless win last weekend should be a lesson to Everton, who were terrified in both games against Arsenal this season, shipping 10 goals to them in the process.

The fixture will be Brighton’s first visit to Goodison since October 1982, a 2-2 draw. It will also see the return of a familiar face in Shane Duffy, who was at the club from 2008 until 2014.

One to watch 

Glenn Murray will pose the Toffees backline a massive threat.

The 34-year-old has netted 13 league goals for the south coast outfit, including the second in last weekend’s win.

Murray is a menace in the air, is as clinical with his feet and will most certainly hope he can add to his already impressive tally against a defence that has conceded 49 league goals this season.

Team news 

The hosts can finally welcome back defensive trio Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka and Ramiro Funes Mori after lengthy absences in what could prove to be a massive boost.

Besides the two long-term injuries of James McCarthy and Eliaquim Mangala it is the best shape Everton have been squad wise for the majority of the season.

With the exception of Steve Sidwell, Brighton are expected to go into this one with a full squad at their disposal.

Man in the middle 

Roger East will be the man in charge of the whistle, in his 22 games this campaign East has shown 76 yellow cards and two reds.

Up the Toffees.

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Gana wasn't even on the bench, this thread is hilarious if you read throughout the match.

Yep, I did not take a look at the bench when I wrote that and apologized to the people who corrected me later.


Tosun off Niasse on
Bolasie off DCL on
Rooney off Gana on

This is probably Sam's plan after 60th minute.

Gana wasn't even on the bench, this thread is hilarious if you read throughout the match.


I missed it, how were we? Why didn't Baines take the penno?


Nowt wrong with Rooney's penalty. Perfectly placed and with some pace. Sometimes you just have to say well done keeper. Even after guessing the right way he got miles across the goal for it.


Just saw Knockaert's 'tackle'. Hope the dirty little baguette eating rat breaks his leg in the next game.