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Everton continue to impress but their League Cup dismantling of West Ham on Wednesday came at a cost, with Richarlison, Allan and Jonjoe Kenny all suffering knocks. The first two of those have been key players so far this season, though Richarlison looks like he’ll be fit in time for this clash.
There should be no lack of firepower in any case with Dominic Calvert-Lewin netting his second hat-trick of the campaign already, bringing up his tally to eight goals as six of them have come at Goodison Park.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin To Score Anytime
All of those goals came against Premier League opposition and even excluding comfortable three-goal margin victories over lower division outfits Salford and Fleetwood, the Toffees have beaten all four top-flight teams they’ve faced so far.
Counting those games, Everton have won by at least three goals in four of six matches this season, including all three on home turf.
Everton To Beat Brighton
Brighton haven’t enjoyed quite so much success this term, though they’ve hardly been a disaster. They’ve suffered defeats to Chelsea and twice against Man Utd on home turf, though the Red Devils were fortunate in one of those clashes as Bruno Fernandes netted a penalty awarded after the final whistle had gone.
A 3-0 defeat of Newcastle at St James’ Park remains the highlight, with the Seagulls also claiming comfortable League Cup wins over lower league Portsmouth and Preston.
Both Teams To Score
Given the standards Everton have been setting to date, Brighton’s record versus the top side must give some cause for concern.
Those recent results mean they’ve now conceded at least three times in each of their past six against teams that finished in the top eight of the table last term, even if they were all against sides that landed a top-four place.
That defensive record certainly encourages us to swing behind the hosts, who have won all three head to heads at Goodison Park since Brighton were promoted by an aggregate 6-1 scoreline.
Carlos Ancelotti’s signings have hit the ground running this term and even if Allen misses out, Abdoulaye Doucoure and James Rodriguez will still be on display.
However, for all of Everton’s new found attacking swagger, they’ve failed to register a clean sheet in four appearances now, even conceding twice each against West Brom and Fleetwood, so both teams to score also looks profitable here.
Brighton’s failure to score against Man Utd midweek can in part be attributed to sweeping changes made by Graham Potter, with his side netting twice against the same opponents in the league as well as Chelsea on the opening day.