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It’s all over in Brighton and the game ends goalless. That’s probably a better result for the hosts, but neither will be enormously satisfied.
Holgate halts a Brighton attack with a tug-back and there’s one final chance for the home side to have a crack. Could it be a shot? It’s within shooting range just about. But no, it is hit straight into the wall.
It opens up for the otherwise anonymous Iwobi to snatch the winner from the edge of the box, but he fails to hit the target when given time and space to line up his effort. That should have been the goal.
- OffTom DaviesEverton
- OnNathan BroadheadEverton
As does Broadhead for Everton.
- OffJakub ModerBrighton & Hove Albion
- OnDan BurnBrighton & Hove Albion
Burns also comes on.
- OffNeal MaupayBrighton & Hove Albion
- OnAlireza JahanbakhshBrighton & Hove Albion
Both teams make changes for the final few minutes.
Can one of these sides grab a late winner? Brighton seem the likelier of the two to get it, but you never know…
Everton somehow survive a goalmouth scramble, with no Brighton player able to get a definitive touch.
Trossard’s effort takes a deflection wide.
Keane halts a Brighton attack and it’s a free-kick within shooting territory…
Davies has a pop from range after Sigurdsson’s shot is blocked into his path, but he fails to keep it down.
Lallana’s looping header is palmed over the bar for another corner to Brighton. It’s almost a siege on the Everton goal, and they’ve really struggled to get a foothold in the game since Holgate was forced to drop back into the defence due to Mina’s injury.
Trossard sees a shot deflected behind for a corner as the pressure continues to build on the Everton goal. This has been impressive from Brighton since the break.
Maupay has time to get a shot away inside the box, but he can’t turn his attempt on target. That was probably Brighton’s best opportunity of the game so far and he should have done better.
It’s still not a rip-roarer of a game, but both teams are finding space in the final third now and you sense that a big chance might be on its way.
Coleman finds James in the box and the Colombian does well to force a save out of the keeper from a tight angle. For a second there it looked like he was going to be brought down, but the contact never came.
Moder shoots high and wide as Everton struggle to clear a corner. There’s yet to be a golden chance, but Brighton are starting to rack up the half-chances.
Lallana looks for Welbeck as Brighton storm forward, but his attempted through-ball is slightly under hit and the opportunity evaporates. The hosts are well on top now, they’ve been outstanding in the last few minutes, finding all sorts of space in midfield.
Brighton try a training-ground move from a corner, fizzing a cut-back straight to Moder. His connection is good, but the effort flies narrowly over the bar with the keeper scrambling.
The referee lets the game flow as James lies on the floor after a late challenge, but Everton aren’t able to conjure anything from it. The Colombian looks miffed, but I quite like that from the official, there was space for Everton to do something dangerous there so the advantage was the right option.
Welbeck and Maupay both try and nod a corner towards goal, but neither can get a strong-enough connection and Everton clear. The game is beginning to open up finally.
It is indeed Iwobi for Mina, which means Holgate will drop back into defence.
Mina has picked up a knock here and is going to have to go off it looks like. Iwobi is warming up, which means there will be a change of shape too.
Brighton look for Maupay with a long ball forward, but he can’t hold onto it long enough to bring his team-mates into play. It’s better from the home side though.
Dunk fouls Richarlison to halt a counter-attack and picks up a booking for his troubles.
Everton clear the corner, but Brighton come straight back with a sustained spell of possession inside the Everton half. It’s been a very strong start to this half from the home side.
Maupay goes for goal from the edge of the box, but it takes a deflection and dribbles wide for a corner.
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Brighton get the game back underway. Neither side have made a change at the break.
- End of 1st Half
The whistle goes to bring a largely chance-less half to an end. Let’s hope for a bit more to shout about after the break. Catch you in 15.
Richarlison senses a chance as he latches on to a ball over the top, but his pass towards James in the box is poor and Brighton come away with it.
Lallana looks for Maupay on the edge of the box, but the forward can’t quite collect the pass as he looks to spin in behind.
This game could really do with a goal. Both teams are pretty organised and compact, and the lack of attacking options in the Everton line-up means Brighton aren’t being stretched out of shape or anything particularly.
Woah, that would have been quite the goal. A skewed clearance is picked up by Bissouma, who attempts an audacious overhead lob from a narrow angle that lands on the roof of the net. Fair play to him for trying it, superb skill.
Now that’s a chance! Maupay has time to get a shot away inside the area, and only a touch off the diving Mina prevents it from nestling in the bottom corner. Brighton have to settle for a corner.
Richarlison sets Coleman away down the right and the Irishman picks out Davies with a fine cross. Unfortunately for Everton the midfielder’s header isn’t quite up to the same sort of standard and the chance goes begging.
James is caught by a late challenge in midfield and gives the ref a thumbs up as he gingerly gets back to his feet.
Everton have really grown into this game after their sluggish start and are controlling possession well now, with James and Sigurdsson dropping into midfield to outnumber the hosts. There’s not much in the way of end product yet.
James finds Sigurdsson with a superb through-ball, but Brighton get back quickly to shut the move down. The resulting corner comes to nothing.
I’m going to be straight with you, this isn’t exactly a thriller so far. But there’s still plenty of time for it to liven up.
A very firm pass puts Sanchez in a spot of bother at the back for Brighton and Richarlison swoops as the keeper’s first touch is heavy. The two come together and the ball flies away to safety. Richarlison appeals optimistically for a penalty, but it looks like the goalkeeper just about got to the ball in time.
It’s James who takes it, but he can’t keep the shot down and it sails harmlessly over.
Coleman is bodychecked and the visitors have a free-kick in a dangerous position. James and Gylfi are stood over it (not a bad couple of options!).
A loose clearance is picked up by Godfrey, who takes advantage of his more advanced role to unleash a shot that flies over the bar. That’s more like it from Everton!
Richarlison drops deeper to try and get Everton ticking and picks up a foul in the centre circle. The Toffees take it quickly and work the ball to Digne out on the left, but his deep cross is well defended and cleared to safety.
Brighton continue to look the better of the two sides, putting Everton under plenty of pressure on the ball in their own half. There’s been little to show for it as of yet though.
Space is at a premium in the opening stages, with Everton not taking any risks as they settle into this slightly unusual shape. It’s a back-three essentially, with an extra defender pushed into midfield too.
Brighton have started brightly and a corner has Olsen in a bit of trouble as he stretches to palm it away. He collided slightly with Mina in doing so and receives some treatment.
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Everton, wearing their toothpaste-green away strip, get the game underway. Brighton are in blue and white.
Two minutes of silence are held in memory of HRH Prince Philip: 1921-2021.
That’s pretty impressive attitude from the two of them, and Everton fans will be hoping that Richarlison has sharpened up is act as the Toffees look to end a three-game winless streak in the league tonight. DCL is, of course, ruled out through a late injury.
" After the game I said Dominic and Richarlison could do better in these situations and they know this, absolutely. I don’t think they were happy after the game, they were really disappointed after the opportunities they had. You have to accept the critics sometimes, no problem. They understood the problem and have worked on this in the week."
There were some interesting comments from Ancelotti ahead of this game about the finishing of his forwards, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The strikers missed some big chances against Crystal Palace last time out, and the manager has revealed that the pair acknowledged that they deserved criticism for the performance and have responded by working even harder on their finishing in training.
But the stat-omens aren’t all good for the Seagulls. They also have a winless MNF record, drawing six and losing three of their nine total Premier League fixtures on a Monday evening. Read into that what you will.
Brighton haven’t lost a home game against Everton since their return to the top tier of English football, winning two and drawing one of their meetings.
Tonight’s hosts Brighton are still not completely safe yet, but Graham Potter’s side have two games in hand over 18th-placed Fulham, and have a real opportunity this evening to pull up towards midtable. Wins over Southampton and Newcastle in their last three matches have given Brighton the buffer they were looking for in the relegation scrap, and another victory tonight would make them all-but safe.
Everton have barely been mentioned in the top four conversation for a couple of months now, but Carlo Ancelotti’s side have two games in hand over all the clubs above them, giving them a great opportunity to pull back into European qualification contention. A win tonight would send the Toffees above Spurs into seventh in the league, five points behind West Ham in fourth place and still with a game in hand. If I were a meme guy this would be where I’d drop in “so you’re telling me there’s a chance”.
Brighton are unchanged, which means the attack-minded side that started against United remains. Burns and Webster are fit again and return to the bench.
Everton’s injury issues continue to grow, with Calvert-Lewin, King and Allan the latest to be ruled out through injury. It’s a bit of a bare-bones selection as a result from Ancelotti, with two 17-year-olds (Welch and Price) drafted onto the bench to make up the numbers.
Good evening and welcome to live coverage of Brighton & Hove Albion against Everton. I’ll bring you reaction to the team news and more build-up over the next hour, followed by full live text coverage of the game at the Falmer Stadium.