Brighton vs Everton
Competition: England Premier League
Date: 29 December 2018
Kick-off: 16:00 CET
Brighton had lost three games in a row before hosting Arsenal midweek, they even went 0-1 down less than 10 minutes into the match, but somehow managed to equalize before the end of the first half (Jurgen Locadia’s first goal of the season), and to avoid conceding again in the second half. Actually, it was they who lost the best chances to score after halftime, with Davy Propper and Solly March. Brighton finished the game on just over 30% ball possession, 12 attempts, three of those on target, and finally a point, their first in four matches. They are 13th in the Premier League table, on 22 points. As hosts, they have lost twice this season, to Tottenham and Chelsea (1-2, in both games).
Everton hadn’t won in five matches before visiting Burnley midweek, but they took the lead less than two minutes into the game thanks to a Yerry Mina goal, and they simply… went on scoring. Lucas Digne made it 0-2 in the 13th minute, and Gylfi Sigurdsson added a third one from the penalty spot in the 22nd(!). Three goals in the first 22 minutes, two more goals in the last 20, again with Digne, and also Richarlison. Burnley had shortened the gap before the end of the first half, but Everton didn’t allow the hosts to… dream bigger. A look at numbers makes that 1-5 rather… hard to believe; ball possession was 49-51 for Everton, attempts were 11-13, and the on target ones 4-6. Everton had six shots on goal, and five of those went in, an amazing percentage. They are 8th in the table, on 27 points.
Previous five matches:
Brighton vs Arsenal 1-1
Bournemouth vs Brighton 2-0
Brighton vs Chelsea 1-2
Burnley vs Brighton 1-0
Brighton vs Crystal Palace 3-1
Burnley vs Everton 1-5
Everton vs Tottenham 2-6
Manchester City vs Everton 3-1
Everton vs Watford 2-2
Everton vs Newcastle 1-1
Brighton’s next game is at West Ham, on Wednesday. Everton are hosting Leicester City on Tuesday (both Premier League matches).
Brighton vs Everton: Head to head Stats
Something over a year ago, Brighton and Everton drew 1-1 with the former as hosts. Before that, they hadn’t hosted Everton since 1983.
Brighton vs Everton: Prediction
Brighton have lost only to top four teams at home this season (Tottenham and Chelsea), but Everton looked… scary midweek, and I expect them to build on that triumph.
Brighton vs Everton: Betting Tips
Everton’s win is at 2.22 (with their double chance very low, 1.36). Combined with “over 1.5”, that goes up to 2.75.