101 Great Goals prediction: Brighton 1-1 Everton
The Seagulls can be relatively content with their start to the new season as they find themseleves sat five places above the bottom three on seven points.
For Everton, this fixture has become of far bigger importance than what they would have expected when the fixture list was released.
Ronald Koeman finds himself under huge pressure with his side losing four of their last five league matches.
The Toffees must pick up a big result here otherwise Koeman’s future on Meyerside will be looking incredibly bleak.
Brighton v Everton betting tips
Despite their poor recent form, Everton are favourites to win this game at 13/10.
Draw at half-time and Brighton to win is rated at 6/1 which look like attractive odds.
Wayne Rooney, after having an international break, is 21/10 to score anytime.
Gross player of the month nominee
After arriving from German side Ingolstadt in the summer, Pascal Gross has made a really impressive start to life as a Premier League player.
The midfielder, who cost £3m, was nominated for the Premier League Player of the Month award for September.
He helped Brighton to two victories, by scoring two and providing two assists.
Gross has proven to be a pivotal figure in Brighton’s midfield so far this season – providing a huge spark of energy.
On average, so far only James Milner has covered more ground per 90 minutes in the Premier League this season.
Gross is the man the Toffees must contain should they hope to nullify Brighton’s chance creation.
Ronald Koeman’s Everton future
The key focus of this fixture will undoubtedly be on Ronald Koeman’s future at Everton.
After a huge summer of spending, Koeman’s side find themselves languishing down in 16th place.
Having started poorly in both the league and in Europe, Koeman finds himself under serious pressure.
With Brighton now looming, you’d think that anything less than a win here would mean that the Premier League would have its second managerial casualty of the season.
Brighton team news v Everton
Brighton are set to be without midfielder Davy Propper, who limped out of Holland’s clash with Sweden with a thigh problem.
The Seagulls are already without Steve Sidwell, Beram Kayal and potentially Sam Baldock.
Tomer Hemed also misses the clash through suspension.
Everton team news v Brighton
Everton are set to be boosted by the return of captain Phil Jagielka.
The central-defender has recovered from a hamstring injury.
Koeman’s continues to be without long-term absentees Ross Barkley, Yannick Bolasie, Funes Mori, Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy.
Brighton predicted line-up v Everton
Everton predicted line-up v Brighton