Uh oh, the Seagulls have got the blues after only managing a draw against Fulham!
Now boss Roberto De Zerbi needs his Brighton side to get back to winning ways against Everton's band of battlers. But that won't be a walk in the park!
Everton have been re-energized under new gaffer Sean Dyche. He lit a fire under the Toffees and got them organized at the back. They'll be like a brick wall for Brighton's tricksters to break down.
In midfield, Everton have the powerful Amadou Onana. He's like a wrecking ball who can bulldoze his way through. But can he keep a lid on Brighton's master magician Adam Lallana?
Up front, Everton has Dominic Calvert-Lewin chomping at the bit after injury. He'll be hungry to munch on Brighton's shaky defense and add to his goal tally.
Brighton will be looking to their flying wingers to soar past Everton's lumbering defenders. Solly March and Leandro Trossard will need to be at their twinkle-toed best!
And young striker Evan Ferguson will want to build on his first-ever Premier League goal last week. Although he might find Everton's giant center-backs James Tarkowski and Conor Coady hard nuts to crack.
De Zerbi will demand an all-out attacking display from his seagulls to overwhelm Everton's stubborn resistance. But Dyche will have the Toffees well-drilled and hard to beat.
Can free-flowing Brighton unlock the Everton defense? Or will the Toffees shut up shop and shackle the Seagulls? Let the feathers fly at Goodison Park!
The match will take place on Saturday, 4th November 2023, at Goodison Park
Seagulls and Toffees Set for Cagey Clash at Goodison
After a frustrating draw against Fulham where they dominated but failed to land the killer blow, Brighton will be eager to get back to winning ways against Everton. Manager Roberto De Zerbi will be drilling his squad in front of goal to sharpen up their shooting boots. Brighton will look to use their silky passing game to unlock the Toffees' gritty defense. However, they can't afford to miss a hatful of chances again or they'll be in a pickle.
Bouncing Seagulls Aim to Ruffle Toffees' Feathers
Young gun Evan Ferguson announced himself by netting his first Premier League goal. But Brighton's other big guns like Welbeck and Fati blew hot and cold in front of the goal. Can Brighton's attacking birds of prey show their talons and pick apart Everton's backline? Or will their finishing go south again?
Lallana Must Pull the Strings Against Toffees
Veteran magician Adam Lallana will need to conjure up some moments of magic to slice open Everton's rear guard. If given time and space, Lallana can sprinkle stardust and pick locks with his wizardry on the ball. But Everton will look to grab the crafty playmaker by the scruff of the neck and stop him weaving his spells. Lallana's vision and guile could light the fuse for Brighton's misfiring marksmen.
Toffees Raring to Ruffle Feathers
Everton are buoyed after a gutsy victory away to West Ham last time out. New manager Sean Dyche has added steel and resolve to the Toffees' spine. He's forged a tight unit who will relish the challenge of grounding Brighton's high-fliers.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is back fit and firing, as demonstrated by his clinical match-winner at the London Stadium. The striker will be licking his lips at the prospect of tangling with Brighton's shaky backline. His aerial threat will have the Seagulls flapping at set pieces.
Elsewhere, marauding midfielder Amadou Onana has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water. He'll be a menace for Brighton if allowed time and space to rampage forward. Everton are no mugs, they have the tools to upset Brighton's odds. This has all the makings of a close cagey clash between two well-drilled outfits.
Hammers Look Devoid of Ideas
In contrast, West Ham lacked inspiration and urgency throughout. Despite boss David Moyes opting for a more adventurous system with creative talents like Lucas Paqueta and Mohammed Kudus selected, the Hammers failed to capitalize. Paqueta flickered briefly but was often isolated. Other big names like Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma were virtual spectators.
Everton: J. Pickford, V. Mykolenko, J. Branthwaite, J. Tarkowski, Ashley Young, D. McNeil, James Garner, Amadou Onana, J. Harrison, A. Doucoure, D. Calvert-Lewin
Brighton & Hove Albion: Jason Steele, Joel Veltman, Lewis Dunk, Adam Webster, James Milner, Pascal Gross, Carlos Baleba, Kaoru Mitoma, Joao Pedro, S. Adingra, E. Ferguson
Calvert-Lewin vs Dunk
Everton's on-fire striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin will look to outmuscle Brighton's ice-cool skipper Lewis Dunk. Calvert-Lewin announced his return to form with a clinical winner at West Ham. He'll be licking his lips at the prospect of bullying Brighton's backline. But the experienced Dunk won't be bullied easily. His superb positional sense and reading of the game will frustrate Calvert-Lewin. Who will prevail in this clash of styles?
Mitoma vs Mykolenko
Brighton's samba star Kaoru Mitoma loves to terrorize fullbacks with his trickery and direct dribbling. But he'll meet his match in Everton's Ukrainian hardman Vitalii Mykolenko, who never shirks a tackle. Mykolenko will show Mitoma no respect as he sticks tight to the fleet-footed Japanese international. Mitoma possesses the skill to unlock any defense. Mykolenko has the strength to flatten any winger. We may need medics on standby for this battle!
Onana vs Lallana
In midfield, Everton enforcer Amadou Onana will aim to boss the center against Brighton playmaker Adam Lallana. Onana's physicality and athleticism could overpower the aging Lallana. But the veteran's guile, quick feet, and vision could help Brighton dictate play. Onana must restrain his aggression and avoid being lured out of position by the crafty Lallana. Expect a chess match here between youth and experience.
This promises to be a tight, tense affair between two organized outfits. Everton's defensive solidarity and set-piece threat gives them the edge, especially on home turf. If Calvert-Lewin can occupy Dunk and isolate Brighton's vulnerable fullbacks, the Toffees can claim the spoils. Look for Dyche to set up his side to soak up pressure then hit Brighton on the counter. It may be ugly, but Everton has the tools to tame the stylish Seagulls.