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Will Brighton & Hove Albion continue their push for European qualification, thereby plunging Everton into even more danger?
On Thursday night, Brighton beat Manchester United in the most dramatic fashion possible.
Just as the full time whistle was about to be blown, VAR spotted a handball by Luke Shaw, thereby awarded the Seagulls a 99th minute spot-kick.
Alexis Mac Allister stepped up and cooly sent the keeper the wrong way, thereby sparking wild, late-night scenes in West Sussex.
This was sweet revenge for Brighton, coming just 11 days after their FA Cup exit at the hands of Man United, ironically via a penalty shootout.
The win lifted Roberto De Zerbi’s team into sixth place, above both Aston Villa and Tottenham.
With six games to go, the Seagulls are in a strong position, aiming to qualify for UEFA competition for the very first time.
In stark contrast, this is Everton’s 69th consecutive season as a top-flight club, but a first relegation since 1951, when George VI was still on the throne, is becoming increasingly likely.
Last time out, a week ago, the Toffees held fellow strugglers Leicester City to a 2-2 draw at the King Power.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin opened the scoring from 12 yards, but the Blues were then quickly 2-1 down and thankful that Jordan Pickford managed to save a penalty in first half stoppage time, preventing a third.
After the interval, Alex Iwobi slotted home an equaliser, and this was enough to ensure they left the East Midlands with a share of the spoils.
Nevertheless, Sean Dyche’s team remain 19th, one point below Nottingham Forest, Leeds and Leicester with just four games remaining.
After this, Everton face Man City (H), Wolves (A) and Bournemouth (H), probably needing seven more points to ensure survival; their chances look bleak.
Brighton have won their last two meetings with the Toffees, 3-2 and 4-1, despite only claiming victory in four of their 20 encounters beforehand, dating back 110 years.
Anything other than an emphatic home win at the Amex seems frankly farfetched.
Brighton & Hove Albion team news
Given their hectic schedule, that’ll continue until the end of the season, Roberto De Zerbi has been rotating in recent weeks.
Billy Gilmour has started back-to-back Premier League games, despite only enjoying two starts all season beforehand, and is set to keep his place at the base of midfield.
The Scotland international wanted to play alongside Alexis Mac Allister and Moisés Caicedo and did just that on Thursday, although the latter was filling in at right-back for the injured Joël Veltman.
If Pascal Groß is available again, he’ll continue in that role.
Caicedo meanwhile would miss Brighton’s next two matches, Arsenal (A) and Newcastle (A), if booked, so will be desperate to avoid that.
Solly March is set to return out-wide, displacing Facundo Buonanotte, while Danny Welbeck will continue to lead the line in Evan Ferguson’s absence.
Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Steele; Groß, Dunk, Webster, Estupiñán; Gilmour, Caicedo, Mac Allister, March, Mitoma; Welbeck.
Everton team news
Club captain Séamus Coleman suffered a rather serious looking knee injury a week ago and, while it’s not as bad as first feared, he’ll surely not be back in time for this one.
So, as was the case mid-game at Leicester, Nathan Patterson will deputise, which’ll come as a great relief to Ben Godfrey, who’d been enduring a torrid time filling in at right-back recently.
Amadou Onana is nursing an injury, so was an unused substitute last Monday, but is set to return in place of James Garner.
When Everton last visited the Amex in August 2021, they left 2-0 winners, with Demarai Gray and Dominic Calvert-Lewin on target.
Players who featured for Rafa Benítez’s Toffees that day include Lucas Digne, Allan, Andros Townsend, Richarlison and André Gomes; how times have changed at both football clubs.
Predicted XI (4-5-1): Pickford; Patterson, Tarkowski, Keane, Mykolenko; Gana Gueye, Doucouré, Onana, McNeil, Iwobi; Calvert-Lewin.
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