Everton vs Brighton & Hove Albion

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Amadou Onana is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card in the draw at Manchester City on New Year's Day

Everton’s first match of 2023 is a home clash with Brighton & Hove Albion under the lights at Goodison Park as Frank Lampard and his side look to build on their good result at the Etihad on New Year’s Eve.

The Blues closed out last year with a hard-fought draw against Manchester City which will hopefully have injected the self-belief into the team to start putting a run of victories together to propel them away from the bottom of the table.

Their previous home game was a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Wolves who were bottom of the Premier League at the time and Brighton, with new manager Roberto de Zerbi largely carrying forward the form the Seagulls were showing under Graham Potter before he left for Chelsea, will pose an even sterner test.

Everton should have Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the starting XI this time, though, after the striker returned against City and played 70 minutes. His presence in the side provides a different dimension to Neal Maupay and Lampard will be hoping he can rediscover the goalscoring form he showed against Crystal Palace in October, the high point of the season thus far.

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Lampard could revert to a back four after going with a three-man central-defensive unit at the Etihad, although any such change would likely see Conor Coady and James Tarkowski partner each other in the middle and would be harsh on Ben Godfrey, who was excellent on Saturday.

The manager’s thinking might be guided by Anthony Gordon’s readiness and the fact that Amadou Onana will miss out through suspension having amassed five bookings on the season. With James Garner out injured, that would put Abdoulaye Doucouré and Tom Davies in the frame to partner Idrissa Gueye in midfield while Gordon could come back in if Lampard doesn’t stick with five at the back.

Since losing to City on the same day Everton beat Palace so handsomely, Brighton have thumped Chelsea and won away at Wolves but they went into the break for the World Cup having lost at home to Aston Villa and though they comfortably beat struggling Southampton on Boxing Day, they couldn’t cope with Arsenal on Saturday and were beaten 4-2 by the League leaders.

They did exhibit their refusal to lie down in that defeat, however, as they tried to come back from 4-0 down and that should serve as a warning to Lampard and Everton that they remain a talented and dangerous team.

Alexis Mac Allister could be back in De Zerbi’s squad after he returned from his World Cup triumph with Argentina and will undergo a late fitness test but Danny Welbeck and Adam Webster are doubts while Jakub Moder is ruled out with a knee injury.

Kick-off: 7:45pm, Tuesday 3 January 2023
Referee: Andre Marriner
VAR: Michael Oliver
Last Time: Everton 2 - 3 Brighton & Hove Albion

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Patterson, Coady, Godfrey, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, Gueye, Doucouré, Iwobi, Gray, Calvert-Lewin


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Derek Knox
1 Posted 03/01/2023 at 00:26:18
That doesn't seem far off the predicted starting line up, to the team that played so well against Man City.

Brighton are a decent side these days, and shouldn't be taken lightly, they also have a few danger men. Leandro Trossard who we should have got, but dithered when he was available for about £7M, Mac Allister and Lamptey.

It won't be easy but the long journey for them mid-week under the floodlights and the buoyancy and confidence gained from the City game should make it a decent contest.

Hope we can start spreading the goals around too, and not just depend on the front two. Mina would have been a bonus at set-pieces but too much to ask for, two consecutive games from him.

Not going to this one but I'll be cheering from a distance and hopefully pick up beIN Sports. COYB 💙💙

David Currie
2 Posted 03/01/2023 at 00:28:10
Huge game and we need to win our first game of the New Year.

Come on, You Blues.

Ajay Gopal
3 Posted 03/01/2023 at 03:37:18
I would play Davies in place of Doucoure who, for me, gives away the ball too much to the opposition in the crucial midfield area.

He would be alright in an attacking role in the last 10 minutes to create a nuisance in the opposition penalty box. The rest of the team looks fine.

Steve Brown
4 Posted 03/01/2023 at 03:53:49
I agree Ajay, I would also bring in Davies for Onana.

Davies is a better passer and he has more positional discipline.

Kieran Kinsella
5 Posted 03/01/2023 at 05:32:38

I think it depends. If we let Doucouré attack as he did at Watford, he can be dangerous whereas, if we buy this myth he's a Viera type, then we are screwed.

Offensively, Tom Davies offers nothing like Gueye so, at home with five defenders and those two, we are asking a lot of Iwobi, Gray and Calvert-Lewin.

As Derek says, Brighton are dangerous so I don't feel too confident about going too defensive as, sooner or later, they'll break us down.

Frank Wolfe
6 Posted 03/01/2023 at 06:22:09
Brighton are a good team (side note - how good was Mac Allister in the World Cup!) so getting 3 points will be no easy feat.

Whatever formation we go with, I hope the team and crowd will show some patience. I'm sure Brighton will look to frustrate us and hit us on the counter.

Tony Everan
7 Posted 03/01/2023 at 07:27:06
An important match, we have got to build some momentum. We got a foot on the ladder against Man City – now we have to make that count.

Lyndon has got the team right; I think Doucoure will start as a more like-for-like replacement for Onana. He must be sharp tonight, no room for weakest links or getting up to speed. Brighton will punish any poor passing.

I want to see Gray continue that form, we'll need it tonight. Also more service from all attacking players and full-backs for Calvert-Lewin.

I want to see much more of that forward running from Iwobi who I thought played well against City. Because again, it's going to be all about goals and I think we are going to need two or three to win.

COYBlues! Toffees 2 Seagulls 1

Jim Bennings
8 Posted 03/01/2023 at 07:42:58
The point on Saturday only becomes a good one if we get the right result tonight.

We were dogged and gritty at City and defended well, but the problems start when we have to take the initiative and go at teams, and that's what concerns me with tonight's match.

Brighton are no mugs, they are a better football team than us, that's a fact.

But we need that win this, we can't get away from the fact we have won 3 games in 17.

Brighton, Southampton and West Ham are our next three Premier League games and I'd suggest we need 5 points at least from this trilogy.

Terry Farrell
9 Posted 03/01/2023 at 07:43:28
Tough match this, against a quick talented team. If we go 5 at the back, I see our passing game more backwards than forwards and the crowd will get frustrated.

Go 4 at the back and I agree: Davies for Onana. If Gordon plays, we need an 8 out of 10 performance from him! Coyb

Laurie Hartley
10 Posted 03/01/2023 at 07:56:46
Will Everton just this once follow up with 3 points after an encouraging result? A win would make our situation look so much better.

The only change I would make to Lyndon's starting line-up is, if Gordon is available, start him instead of Iwobi.

Up the Blues!!!

Christopher Timmins
11 Posted 03/01/2023 at 08:21:25
A difficult follow-up game after Saturday's efforts. A win would be a very good result and keep things moving in the right direction.
Kevin Prytherch
12 Posted 03/01/2023 at 08:40:19
Do we stick with the same formation and lineup as the last game (barring Onana) and follow the mantra of “Well, it worked in the last game so it must work in this game” – like we have done so successfully over the last 7 years?

Or does Frank have the tactical nous to look at the opposition and set the team up in the best way to nullify their strengths whilst playing to our own?

If the last 7 years are anything to go by, I'm guessing the former.

Joe McMahon
13 Posted 03/01/2023 at 08:44:47
Laurie @11,

Your first paragraph should be shown to the players before they go on to the pitch.

I do slightly disagree re Gordon and Iwobi, I feel Gordon has cost us several points this season with not taking relatively easy chances. Whatever Chelsea offered (certainly not the £60M) we should have snapped their hand off.

Mal van Schaick
14 Posted 03/01/2023 at 08:47:15
If we can win and build momentum and confidence, and perhaps bring in some new faces this month, it could be a different season for us with other teams around us struggling.

We have brought back Ellis Simms, will he have a part to play?

Robert Leigh
15 Posted 03/01/2023 at 09:10:21
It's a shame Garner is injured as he could have staked his claim. I'd go:

Coady Tarkowski Godfrey
Patterson Iwobi Gana Mykolenko
Gordon Calvert-Lewin Gray

Subs: Begovic, Holgate, Coleman, Vinagre, Doucoure, Davies, McNeil, Simms, Maupay.

Jonathan Tasker
16 Posted 03/01/2023 at 09:31:19
Frank Lampard's record as Everton Manager:

Played 35 league matches – win rate 25%

Shows just how low Everton have sunk that he's still in a job.

Tony Abrahams
17 Posted 03/01/2023 at 09:32:26
I like what you have done there, Robert, putting in two central midfielders to keep us compact whilst also protecting the gallivanting wingbacks.

Iwobi is the conundrum for me because he does seem to lack discipline and get sucked towards the ball, although this might not be too big of a problem if he then went and put a tackle in.

I'd go with Davies and Gueye, with Iwobi or Doucoure just ahead of them in that little triangle, and think this is a role that Anthony Gordon might also be able to play, who knows?

We have got to be tight and hard to play against but we have also got to be able to spring from the traps. This is why I'd prefer to play with 3 central defenders right now, because I genuinely believe it suits our current squad the best.

Jack Convery
18 Posted 03/01/2023 at 09:34:52
I think the set-up tonight will depend on whether Calvert-Lewin is okay to play. Will he be up to playing 2 games in 4 days?

If he's okay, go with the line-up from Saturday, with Davies in for Onana. These are no mugs and are still proving themselves to their new manager.

If Calvert-Lewin is not risked, then go 4-3-3:

Pickford, Patterson, Coady, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, Gueye, Davies, Iwobi, Gray, Gordon and Maupay.

If Maupay can't get up for this fixture, when will he ever?

Whatever happens tonight, we must not lose.

Dave Lynch
19 Posted 03/01/2023 at 09:57:42
This will be a tough game.

Brighton are no pushover – they will cause us problems.

Brian Harrison
20 Posted 03/01/2023 at 09:58:06
I just hope that Lampard sets us up to really impose ourselves on this game.

I watched Nottingham Forest take the game to Chelsea in the second half and got their just rewards, and Brentford (even without Toney) put pressure on Liverpool all over the park.

Far too often in Lampard's tenure, have we been way too negative and allowed teams to win both territory and possession against us. Seems he is more concerned with keeping possession at the back than asking questions of the opposition.

I think the crowd reaction to this playing it round at the back with minutes to go while losing to bottom club Wolves, should have been a warning that the fans want to see an Everton team going forward trying to score – not forever passing between the back 4.

Calvert-Lewin must start tonight, even if he only gets another 70-odd minutes, because playing Maupay as the lone striker has never worked. I guess Simms will be on the bench.

Danny Baily
21 Posted 03/01/2023 at 09:59:56
I wouldn't want to see Maupay in a front three, he's not the right player for that role.

If Calvert-Lewin is rested, I'd put Gray up top on his own, with Gordon and McNeil sitting deeper.

Eddie Dunn
22 Posted 03/01/2023 at 10:13:08
The perenial problem we have is that the team can only play well in patches and the ridgidity of Lampard's system usually results in the side running out of ideas.

We often look good for the first 10 minutes until the opposition clock what we are doing, close down midfield, then press us back.

We have managed some good rear-guard displays with backs-to-the-wall effort but we can only play on the counter.
Calvert-Lewin does give us an out-ball but I suspect Simms is being prepared to fill-in for him, as his injury record is worrying.

On previous form, I expect the brownie-points that Lampard and the lads gained at the Emptiad will be soon cashed-in as we fail to find a way through.

I think it is time to forget out-playing anyone, just hoof it over our pedestrian midfield and try to hit Gray or Calvert-Lewin. If Iwobi can get near to them, then we could get lucky. Gordon can stay home. I'd rather not see two wingers again this season.

I would play five across the back and stay in the game as long as possible — and if we only draw, I will be satisfied.

Rick Tarleton
23 Posted 03/01/2023 at 10:39:57
The five-at-the-back strategy is fine for games against top teams, particularly when we are away. However, in home games against mid-table and weaker teams we need to show that we can break them down.

It's against teams like Wolves and Bournemouth that we look most inept, because we can't score. Perhaps tonight with Onana out, rather than replacing him like-for-like, Gordon should be drafted in to support the attacking midfield.

Laurie Hartley
24 Posted 03/01/2023 at 10:42:15
Joe #14,

Gordon certainly hasn't performed to his best but the reasons I prefer Gordon over Iwobi are twofold:-

1. He is scared of no-one and will put a tackle in.
2. His ability to go past a player where it counts.

We have a long way to go to get to safety – everyone who pulls a blue shirt on for us from now on has to be prepared to participate in the physical side of the game.

Christy Ring
25 Posted 03/01/2023 at 10:51:18
Calvert-Lewin has to start after playing 70 minutes on Saturday. Why would you rest him? It's a massive game after the result against Man City.

I'd also start Davies – especially with Caicedo back and maybe Mac Allister. It's positivity we want, not comments looking for Lampard to be sacked, coming off a draw at the Etihad?

Christine Foster
26 Posted 03/01/2023 at 10:56:01
Iwobi has performed far better when used in centre midfield, running and attacking? A better option than two stoppers and Iwobi on the wing.

Gordon? For me, he hasn't done the business this season; hard to justify a start. Maybe interchange as sub for Gray at some point...

Jack Convery
27 Posted 03/01/2023 at 10:57:39
I've just read that Andre Mariner is the ref tonight with Michael Oliver as the VAR!!
Jim Hourigan
28 Posted 03/01/2023 at 11:10:38
Gordon. McNeil and Maupay showed how poor they are against Wolves. If Calvert-Lewin is unfit, then either Cannon or Simms should start with Gray alongside and 2 up front.

Brighton play with only 1 central attacker so 3 at the back and 2 wide attacking full-backs is preferable for me, but Mykolenko, as good a defender as he may be, offers very little going forward, so would Vinagre be an option given their set-up?

I think the game will be won and lost in midfield so no Davies for me – another example of a player who, the less he plays, the more people forget how poor he really is. Doucouré has to start alongside Gana and Iwobi.

The suggestion that Gordon replaces Iwobi is bonkers – he can't pass, shoot head or dribble, all he does is run around and tackle badly – and he's even stopped doing that!! I'd drive him to any club willing to spend £25M let alone some of the agent-generated rubbish numbers being quoted.

Having said all the above, Lampard will make as few changes as possible… so Doucouré for Onana and that's it.

Mark Murphy
29 Posted 03/01/2023 at 11:10:39
Got to reward the 10 available who started Saturday and bring in Doucoure for Onana. But I'd like to know what Doucoure was doing sitting on the ball when the rest were warming up for the Man City game? If it's attitude, then put Davies in instead.

Gordon needs a spell on the bench to remind him he's not an automatic choice. He can and should do better than of late. Maupay and McNeil should be nowhere near the starting 11.

Very much hoping the above will come back to bite me on the arse tonight but I'll go for a nervous 2-0 to us. UTFT

Derek Taylor
30 Posted 03/01/2023 at 11:16:40
Lose tonight and Lampard's win record slumps below 25%. He will have been tolerated by the Statistical Review bunch longer than any of Moshiri's picks. So much for the brave new world!
Tony Abrahams
31 Posted 03/01/2023 at 11:38:55
Mark @29,

Doucouré looked deep in thought, so my guess is that he wants to leave but has been told he's going nowhere?

Or he wants to stay and he has been told we are going to sell him!

Matt Henderson
32 Posted 03/01/2023 at 11:41:03
Gray has to start as the only half-decent finisher we have in the team.

No to Doucouré from me. I'm tired of watching him lose possession in advanced areas and then casually jogging up the other end whilst the opposition counter. I used to have a lot of time for him but something has gone badly wrong…

Pat Kelly
33 Posted 03/01/2023 at 11:52:17
I'm not confident we can beat Brighton. We are still short of goal threat.

A draw would be a good result with this team and manager. It could be a defining result for Lampard and Everton's Premier League survival.

Raymond Fox
34 Posted 03/01/2023 at 11:58:05
They're 11/10 favs, we are 11/4 which shows what the odds-makers think of us even after the Man City game. They have scored 28 goals to our 13, that's why they're favourite. Granted they have conceded 4 more goals than us but that's not a lot.

So how do you play the game, because it seems likely they will score? Do you play like we did against City or go all out for a win?

Whichever way Frank chooses to play, it's a difficult game.

I'm hoping for the best but at the same time not with too much confidence.

Sorry, Michael, I know you don't approve of negativity but you can't deny it looks tough.

John Keating
35 Posted 03/01/2023 at 12:00:39
Unfortunately these days, getting a point at Man City is an unexpected bonus. Getting points from teams about us and non-Sky Darlings is, however, a must, it's these points which will keep us in mid-table safety.

A loss can put us in the Bottom 3 with the psychological issues this bunch will have.

Three points against a good Brighton side who have shown a willingness to fight and compete with the best, is a must for us.

Getting the balance of the team has and will be the issue for Lampard to solve. Fingers crossed it starts tonight!

Barry Rathbone
36 Posted 03/01/2023 at 12:03:37
Watched various highlights and was surprised how good we looked against City no reason to fear anyone if we play like that. Can see us winning 8 nil tbh
Kim Vivian
37 Posted 03/01/2023 at 12:04:48
Is there some doubt about Calvert Lewin? I haven't heard of a new or aggravated injury and he looked fit enough against City to be starting today. 3 days should be adequate recovery time after playing 70 mins on Saturday.

If fit he should definitely be starting - no resting or non-risking bollocks. Not bothered if Gordon starts or not so long as McNeil or Maupay don't.

I'm predicting 2-0 tonight and another step in the right direction.

Danny O’Neill
38 Posted 03/01/2023 at 12:04:50
I try not to predict teams.

That said, personally I wouldn't change anything after a good performance.

But then Brighton home is a different prospect to City away.

We're at Goodison. Be brave Everton, play on the front foot and send the Seagulls to the Mersey.

Get yer coat and get moving.

John Hood
39 Posted 03/01/2023 at 12:06:31
Brentford fan here,been on a few times,usually prior to Bees playing Everton.
Hope you enjoyed last night and it has cheered you up.I was at the match and the atmosphere was fanastic,the joy being increased by the sour Teutonic whining afterwards. Brentford's starting line-up was less than half of what Liverpool paid for their latest hot-shot striker.
The point is that you don't need the very best players-organisation,belief and heart play a massive part.
Best of luck tonight against a very decent Brighton team.
One final thought:Maupay was a star for The Bees in the Championship but to get the best out of him,play to his feet in and around the penalty area...there he can be very effective...lots of high balls or hopeful punts to chase are no good for/to him.

Liverpool were unexpectedly shambolic..and couldn't cope with a

Danny O’Neill
40 Posted 03/01/2023 at 12:12:04
Welcome back John.

I watched that with a smirk on my face last night.

Very sensible comments about Maupay. Despite the criticism, I can see him being wleffective between the lines and playing off a striker.

We've been trying to use him as Duncan Ferguson or Bob Latchford. He's been isolated from the midfield and starved of supply.

Peter Carpenter
41 Posted 03/01/2023 at 12:19:58
John, don't stop there... You were about to reveal the secret of beating the RS. Come back...

Kim Vivian
42 Posted 03/01/2023 at 12:23:16
Hi John, thanks for the best wishes, interesting comments and for brightening up my evening last night. I try to avoid watching the RS so did not tune in last night but regret that now! A good reason to watch MOTD tomorrow, notwithstanding whatever happens at Goodison this afternoon.

Just been reading Maupay's stats and he did a good job for you guys - 41 goals in 95 games, so 1 in about 2.3 games. Then dropped off to 1 in 4 with Brighton, albeit in the Prem now, and a big step backwards with just 1 goal in 13 (PL, 0) for Everton. Do you think Lampard should be risking more starts for him? He is certainly NOT pulling up trees here.

Tony Abrahams
43 Posted 03/01/2023 at 12:25:21
Nice post John, it’s a lovely feeling when your team do you proud, mate. Reading something what Peter Reid said the other day, is something that I think you was alluding to? The game might have changed, but the fundamentals haven’t?

Well done Brentford, and not just for yesterday, but for the way you have gone about your whole season👏.

Looking back to the game at Goodison, last season John, I don’t think you would have got out of our ground without conceding at least 5 goals, but when Everton were steamrolling yers, and the crowd was in full voice, (real full voice) Oliver refused to give us a penalty and 15 seconds later he was sending off one of our players.

My point is the same as yours John, there’s not that much between a lot of teams, but it’s the ones that get the fundamentals right, who are the ones who do better than most of the other teams?

Mal van Schaick
44 Posted 03/01/2023 at 12:31:06
Jack#27. I noticed the officials to. We could be up against 13.
Derek Knox
45 Posted 03/01/2023 at 12:33:26
John @ 39, always good to hear the views of another team's supporters, especially one that has just beaten the RS. Totally agree by the way that paying absolutely immoral fees for players doesn't guarantee anything but potential disappointment and a sky high wage bill. As you rightly say playing with heart goes a long way, that is often why there are major upsets in Cup matches, when a team from a lower division knock out one of the media darlings.

Long may it continue, as long as it's not us, but then again, we at Everton have never been media darlings ! :-)

Colin Malone
46 Posted 03/01/2023 at 12:41:29
Same shape, same effort. Two wingers has never worked. Tell Iwobi, not to leave his marker to double up on the opposition. It leave dangerous gaps.
Danny O’Neill
47 Posted 03/01/2023 at 12:47:39
I'll go a step further Tony.

It not just this season. The way Brentford has progressed is quite amazing.

People talk about Brighton being well run. With Brentford being the closest Premier League club to my house, the transformation since I moved to West London in 2004 has been unbelievable.

Shows what you can do if you put a structure in place and run the club properly from the top down.

Great manager too.

Christopher Timmins
48 Posted 03/01/2023 at 12:49:20
When Maupay played for Brighton or Brentford did he play off a central striker?

I always thought that having come from a passing side like Brighton that he would find it more difficult to adjusted to our style of play given our lack of creativity.

If we play with a back 5 tonight then Patterson and Myko must push up.

Tom Bowers
49 Posted 03/01/2023 at 12:52:19
Usually after a good result we expect a good result next time out but Everton have a bad habit of letting us down when in that position.

With everyone getting fit again things could change but much depends on the offence again which looked a little better against City.

Brighton, like Brentford and Newcastle have really improved this season and all three of these teams are tough to beat but then Everton have trouble beating anyone these days.

Still, we all hope they can get the three points today after Brentford (without Toney) made us smile yesterday.

Tony Abrahams
50 Posted 03/01/2023 at 12:54:38
You can everyone going off the same page Danny, but if it’s full of nepotism, rather than driven talent, alls you get to do, is bloody moan about it!

I think Brentford have been very wise in the way they have revamped their structure and also done away with their junior academy.

These junior academies, are not something I really agree with for reasons I have already stressed a thousand times, and looking at Brentford, I don’t think not having such an academy, has had any negative impact on the way they currently recruit?

Danny O’Neill
51 Posted 03/01/2023 at 12:57:10
I think he's a drifter Christopher.

And a proper nark. He would bother defenders if we got him in the game more.

Is he a world beater? Of course not, but I can't criticise too much given the scraps he feeds off.

And I'm being realistic to him being what we have, so try to use it. Maybe Dominic back might help that and he can be a decent short term option

Robert Tressell
52 Posted 03/01/2023 at 13:05:44
Christopher # 48, just had a look at Transfermarkt. In the games Maupay scored last season he was either a lone striker ahead of Trossard and one other (Mwepu, Gross, MacAllister or Sarmiento) or as a duo with Welbeck (with usually Trossard tucked in behind). This was generally in a 5221 / 343 / 352 formation (which are all slight variations on a theme).

So he can play the lone forward role but...

He's really not that good a player - so it's not like we can tweak our formation etc and he'll suddenly score loads of goals. He shouldn't really be anywhere near our starting XI other than as occasional cover.

And Brighton have been a much better organised club than us and play better football - so I'm guessing created more chances for him to score from (I think he famously has a terrible chance conversion rate but do not follow those stats particularly so may be wrong).

Mark Murphy
53 Posted 03/01/2023 at 13:32:58
John the Bee at 39 - my son Tomas works in the Globe. He says it was rocking last night! Good on yers! I was in there after our game last season and got interviewed by your bloke (Billy the Bee?) and was a bit ungracious in defeat as I was peed off with Benitez. I apologise and think you’ve made great strides since then. Keep it up!
Jay Harris
54 Posted 03/01/2023 at 14:10:07
More important than the starting 11 is that all the players need to be up for it and put some energy and determination into getting a result.

Personally I think we are better suited as a 4-4-2 which beefs up the MF and creates 3 forwards to unsettle the defenders.. Ive seen enough of our limp wing play to last me a lifetime and feel Gray is the only one besides DCL who knows where the net is.

So for me it would be

Patterson Coady Tarks Myolenko

Iwobi Doucoure Gueye Davies (Lewis Warrington if he had been available)

DCL Gray

Andy Peers
55 Posted 03/01/2023 at 15:05:58
I fear the worst. It seems that every time we have a good result complacency kicks in and a lot of talk and then they let us down the next match.
Christopher Timmins
56 Posted 03/01/2023 at 15:06:22

Without watching them I got the impression that Brighton had problems in front of goal for a number of years, created lots of chances but failed to put them away. Maupay scored about 10 goals a season under that set up, therefore, it's hard to believe he will score more than 5 in a season given the manner that we currently play.

If DCL does not start this evening there has got to be merit in starting Ellis up top. He is match fit and has been finding the back of the net recently.

Jonathan Tasker
57 Posted 03/01/2023 at 15:08:52
Absolutely incredible that the mighty Everton are at home to little old Brighton and we are 5/2 and Brighton are 11/10.
My friend George is a massive home and away Brighton fan. He says they are much more attack minded under De Zerbi than they were under Graham Potter.
I can see Brighton scoring twice. That would be hard for Everton to match.
Still, we’ve had some good times, haven’t we?
Dave Lynch
58 Posted 03/01/2023 at 15:31:19
I watched them play Arsenal the other night.
Barring the early goal they conceded they caused them a lot of problems.
They are lightening quick on the break which will cause us no end of problems.
Brendan McLaughlin
59 Posted 03/01/2023 at 15:32:35
Jonathan #57

Those odds are proper depressing but I think if we face an attacking Brighton side it may suit us. Hate to say it but I'm not unoptimistic about tonights game.

Tony Abrahams
60 Posted 03/01/2023 at 15:52:32
You build nothing by going off how the opposition play imo, because I believe football is all about trying to get your own house in order, and if the players cannot put in the same fundamental effort, they did against Man City, in every game, then Everton, will continue to struggle.

If we can keep DCL fit, and find a system that can bring everyone 15 yards closer to Dominic, then I believe we could really improve, but for now, I think those bookies odds are correct, although they have definitely tempted me to put a few quid on The Toffees tonight.

Rob Halligan
61 Posted 03/01/2023 at 16:04:22
Tony, what were the odds on Man City beating Everton last Saturday, or odds on the draw, never mind the odds on an away win? It’s a reason why I never bet. A fool and his money are easily parted!
John Raftery
62 Posted 03/01/2023 at 16:05:06
A year ago yesterday we played Brighton at Goodison. That came after an encouraging 1-1 draw at Chelsea. DCL missed a penalty. Brighton took us apart in a 3-2 win including two goals from Mac Allister. The scoreline flattered us.

Brighton remain dangerous opponents. Our players and the manager should approach tonight’s match in the way they did at Man City; stay compact and play on the counterattack. If we can make ourselves difficult to beat we might possibly steal a win.

If Frank reverts to the open 4-3-3 he was using before Saturday I fear the outcome will be the same, another defeat.

Danny O’Neill
63 Posted 03/01/2023 at 16:09:22
I rarely bet on football, but won £15.80 on a draw at the Etihad on a modest outlay.

I might just go for an Everton win tonight.

Bill Gall
64 Posted 03/01/2023 at 16:11:19
The only player missing from the City game will be Onana who is under suspension.
The whole team showed a great deal more fight than previous games so I don't think there will be a lot changes. my team would be Pickford Patterson Coady Tarkosky Myolenco. Midfield Gordon, Godfrey Gueye Iwobi forwards Gray DCL.
Darren Hind
65 Posted 03/01/2023 at 16:14:05
Thats the spirit Danny and Tony

Dont complain about the size of our odds. Take advantage of them.

Paul Cherrington
66 Posted 03/01/2023 at 16:19:49
Looking forward to the game later on. Good luck to the lads after a great performance against City at the wkd. More of the desire/work rate they showed there and we should be fine. Brighton are a decent side no doubt but if we play with the same intensity as we did last game, we should be ok.

I would actually leave Gordon out again. He has not been at the races overall this season for me and hasn't always tracked back sometimes in previous games. Noticeable he was not there for the City game when we performed so well.

I get the impression he wanted a big money move over the summer and is in a bit of a sulk about it still, hence a drop in performances. Decent player though and sure he is a nice lad so hope he gets back to his best soon.

Jim Lloyd
67 Posted 03/01/2023 at 16:21:20
Jonathan (57) an apt reminder!
Frank Sheppard
68 Posted 03/01/2023 at 16:30:53
Don’t think we should go 5 at the back tonight. I would be really happy with a battling, narrow margin Moyes style win. ( those were much better days).
Peter Hodgson
69 Posted 03/01/2023 at 16:38:27
Just keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed for a fighting and successful performance as shown against City as the end result would mean 3 points.
Tony Abrahams
70 Posted 03/01/2023 at 16:38:40
There is no bigger emotional fool on this website when it comes to Everton, than Danny, Rob, and he’s £15.80 better off because of Everton, drawing at City, so hopefully he nearly trebles that total tonight!
Eddie Dunn
71 Posted 03/01/2023 at 16:55:32
As the KO time nears I am getting more nervous. I would accept a point right now as this team has nearly always let us down after raising our hopes.
How utterly fantastic it would be to get the win. I think we need the rub of the green early on and get our noses ahead.
But this Brighton side are pretty good and will give our slow midfield(not quite as slow without Onana!) a hard time.
I hope Dom starts and hasn't got any issues.
After that effort at City, I think our crowd will give them some leeway and we all know that Brighton are no mugs.
We must pick up something. Even a point is something. But we must not lose or the momentum will have stalled once again.
Christy Ring
72 Posted 03/01/2023 at 16:58:55
John @39 Good post, and even tastier listening to Klopp whinging again, and no respect for the officials again, and more or less saying Brentford are cheaters. He'll get away with it again.
We have to press like the bees last night, and build on Saturday. Reading about Doucoure sitting on the ball for 10/15 min's looking totally disinterested at City? I'd play Davies, and hope that Iwobi can be an attacking threat, linking up with Calvert-Lewin and Gray, not running up and down the pitch chasing shadows, not putting his foot in.
Peter McEvoy
73 Posted 03/01/2023 at 17:03:51
Cant believe some fans want Anthony Gordon included in team He is absolutely shocking offers absolutley nothing we must off load him A championship player at best I wonder if he wasnt a scouser how many would include him He huffs and puffs never delivers a final ball of quality never scores his stupid hairsyle sums him up I hate to be critical of Everton players but he is very poor looking 100k a week you must be joking We need to buy a quality striker as wehave noone to put ball in net COYB
Jim Wilson
74 Posted 03/01/2023 at 17:05:39
I agree with Jay Harris @ 54

His 442 formation and team of:

Patterson Coady Tarks Myolenko

Iwobi Doucoure Gueye Davies

DCL Gray

Dale Self
75 Posted 03/01/2023 at 17:07:44
Hey hey, just made it back to probably go into being a hermit again with these rains out here. Weird fucking team seems to be the theme. I say it is time for these guys to go on a mild streak where they just start putting in some spirit building performances. Getting a point when more was deserved may happen but overall you have to believe they are due for some return on all that shitty luck. Everton 2-1 here but like I said I'll take a point.

Frank finally trusting a few more of these and them rewarding the trust was big, really big. Just getting out of Etihad with the point when I think City had lost just before the break to Brentford is enough regardless of form; they fucking did that. There is enough in this team that could find some partnerships as long as some don't get played until their form is lost. Five subs could be a benefit if a few can just put in some decent 20-25m shifts.


Craig Walker
76 Posted 03/01/2023 at 17:32:23
I would love to see Goodison back to being a raucous bear-pit atmosphere. We won't have too many winnable matches at home so we can't let another one slip away.

Brighton are a good side but, if Everton want to remain in the Premeir League then they are going to have to win matches like this one and get the fans on side. A poor result tonight would send us on a downward spiral, I feel.

Let's get 3 points and get some momentum going.


Phil Smith
77 Posted 03/01/2023 at 17:43:42
I would like to see us start 4-4-2 with Calvert-Lewin and Maupay up top. The little fella clearly can't play as the lone striker for us but might work well off Calvert-Lewin and his knock-downs might actually go to someone.

I'd play Gordan and Gray on the wings and have Iwobi and Gana in the middle. He won't play that (probably opting for a back 5 again and Calvert-Lewin alone up top) but we'll see.

Doucoure should be nowhere near the starting 11. He's been shocking and we should sell asap while he still has some value. Same with Mina and Keane.

Frank Sheppard
78 Posted 03/01/2023 at 17:50:46
If Gordon is picked this evening, he needs to really impress imo. Since the transfer speculation and contract news, his form has been very ordinary, and rarely justifying a starting place.
Michael Kenrick
79 Posted 03/01/2023 at 17:50:48
Thing is, Raymond, every Premier League game is tough – without exception.

It's prats who don't qualify their predictions, as you have, and instead just come straight out with it, saying we're gonna get slaughtered – mainly because we lost the last home match – that really get my 'negativity' hackles up.

What I fail to comprehend entirely with this sizeable section of the fanbase is that they must watch many, many, many games of football in the Premier League. Yet not only do they firmly believe that past form is a reliable predictor of future performance, they actually believe they can forecast the score!

There's only one demographic who have really got to grips with this – and you give them a nod in your post. I would just hope that our fans are not daft enough to put their hard-earned on the line at those bookies who know – to their vast and lucrative profit – the very low probability that accompanies predicting the outcome of a top-flight football game.

Jonathan Tasker
80 Posted 03/01/2023 at 17:56:43
Rob Halligan 61

City were 1/7

Jonathan Tasker
81 Posted 03/01/2023 at 18:02:27
Michael Kenrick seems a bit cross. I'm an ex-bookie. My advice is don't bet.

Separately, having brought back Ellis Simms, surely he has to be used.

Dave Lynch
82 Posted 03/01/2023 at 18:05:43
Football has too many variables for the average punter to make money on.

I well remember getting 15 straight wins on the Long List Accumulator, I stood to win well over 5 grand, only for Middlesbrough to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford and United where in their pomp at the time.

Colin Glassar
83 Posted 03/01/2023 at 18:05:48
I’ve got a feeling this will be a draw and, let’s face it, this Brighton side is better than us. A win would be great but I can’t trust this Jekyll and Hyde team until they show me they can be more consistent.
Darren Hind
84 Posted 03/01/2023 at 18:20:46
Some people like a flutter. I'm one of them.

You can get a little carried away with sex, drink and rock n roll, but you always need to keep a lid on your gambling.

We're not all horseracing sharks like that Tran fella, so there is no harm in having a little flutter on the footy.

Only three possible outcomes and If the odds-makers want to stick their jaws out and offer 11/4, I don't see any harm in having a little swing.

Rob Jones
85 Posted 03/01/2023 at 18:34:27
Hoping to see the same effort again, and a positive result. I see some calling for Gordon's inclusion; I don't agree. He's been crap for months, producing little, and has clearly had his head turned.

I don't think we should accept an offer, but he absolutely needs to get his shit together, or he won't get the big move or the contract that he delusionally thinks he deserves.

Andrew Clare
86 Posted 03/01/2023 at 18:38:58
This will be a very different game from Saturday.

100% effort and concentration required tonight. We have the players, do we have the tactics?

I would like to see two upfront for this one. The best form of defence is attack — a well worn cliche that makes sense.

Pete Jeffries
87 Posted 03/01/2023 at 18:40:49
Against a speedy team like Brighton
my main worry is our young fullbacks if both selected
Thats where the danger will come from
For me thats where Godfrey needs to step in
Despite his bad injury he always looks good playing a tight full back role plus his ability to get forward
Hope thats not asking too much from the man !

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