After losing 4-2 at home to Arsenal, Brighton will be hoping to return to winning ways when they travel to Everton for their first outing of 2023.
Everton secured a valuable and much-needed point courtesy of a 1-1 draw at Manchester City on New Year’s Eve, however, following up that result back at Goodison Park might prove difficult.
The Toffees, who are just a point clear of the relegation zone in 16th, were happy to soak up pressure and play on the counter at the Etihad, but they’ll be expected to be a bit more adventurous at home to Brighton on January 3.
Brighton head north sitting in ninth place following a 4-2 defeat to league leaders Arsenal at the Amex on December 31st.
But the Seagulls can draw confidence from their strong away record this campaign as they look to return to winning ways at Goodison Park.
Everton vs Brighton Betting Tips
- Brighton to win @ 21/20
- Both teams to score, Over 2.5 goals and Brighton to score first @ 3/1 #PickYourPunt
Everton midfielder Amadou Onana is unavailable due to suspension after he received his fifth booking of the season in the draw with the Citizens and Frank Lampard will likely turn to either Abdoulaye Doucoure or Tom Davies to take the Belgian’s spot in the starting XI.
Anthony Gordon missed the trip to City with illness and Lampard may have to make do without the forward once again.
Danny Welbeck is nearing a return to fitness, but this fixture comes too soon for the Albion striker, while defender Adam Webster is also rated as a major doubt.
Alexis Mac Allister has returned following his World Cup-winning exploits with Argentina and he could be drafted back into the starting line-up.
Ecuador international Moises Caicedo also looks set to start after serving a one-game suspension in the loss to the Gunners.
Brighton to win @ 21/20
Brighton made a flying start to the season under Graham Potter, claiming 13 points from the first 18 on offer and, after Potter departed for Chelsea, Roberto De Zerbi was tasked with trying to build on solid foundations with the club sitting fourth.
Results have been slightly more inconsistent under the Italian, winning three, drawing two and losing five, but they still remain tough to beat.
They have recorded back-to-back away wins, beating Wolves and Southampton, and travel to struggling Everton full of confidence. The Toffees have only won twice at home this season and have lost three of their last four outings at Goodison Park.
Both teams to score, Over 2.5 goals and Brighton to score first @ 3/1 #PickYourPunt
Despite Everton’s problems in trying to get results at home, they are still finding the back of the net, scoring in five of their eight fixtures at Goodison Park.
Brighton, meanwhile, have registered in seven of their eight fixtures on the road and both teams have scored in six of those games.
The second leg of our #PickYouPunt requires over 2.5 goals in the game, something that has landed six times when Albion have turned out on the road this campaign, while at least three goals have been scored in three of the last four meetings between the pair on Merseyside.
The South Coast club have earned a reputation for best fast starters and our final selection requires Brighton to open the scoring.
The Seagulls have netted the first goal in four of their last five league games, while Everton have conceded first in three of their last four.
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