Brighton Versus Everton -Match Preview for Saturday the 24rth Feb

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Brighton return to the AMEX on Saturday afternoon as they take on Everton at 3pm. Match opreview written by Joe Zelinger

The Seagulls put in a dominant display last time out, beating Sheffield United 5-0, and will be hoping to make it two wins on the bounce for the first time since September, and keep up their impressive home form which has seen them lose just once in the league this season. 

Despite having only won twice in the league in 2024, both of these wins have come in their last three games, as the hosts aim to start a good run of form and consolidate their current position in the European places. 

Simon Adingra scored twice on his return from AFCON in last Sunday’s win at Sheffield United, and Brighton will be able to pick an unchanged side this weekend, with no more absentees expected. 

With the squad finally seeming more settled than it has been recently, Brighton have the chance to put some good results together.They will be hoping Evan Ferguson can contribute to this by getting back on the scoresheet, as the teenager is without a goal in his last 15 games in all competitions. 

The players still missing for Roberto de Zerbi are James Milner, Joao Pedro, Jack Hinshelwood, Julio Enciso and Solly March. 

Everton will arrive down on the south coast with Sean Dyche never having lost a league game at the AMEX. However, his side are currently on an eight-game winless run, as they continue to battle relegation. 

The Toffees have no new injury concerns, but Andre Gomes and Arnaut Danjuma remain sidelined. Vitaliy Mykolenko picked up a knock in Monday night’s draw with Crystal Palace, but is expected to feature, and Seamus Coleman has returned to training after an illness. 

Although Everton are on a bad run, games between these two sides has generally favoured the away team, with Brighton unbeaten in three at Goodison Park, and the same for the Blues at the AMEX. 

In this run, Everton won this fixture last season 5-1, which in the end proved vital in ensuring their Premier League survival. 

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However, Brighton are currently on a 10 game unbeaten run at home, and have only lost once in the league this season against sides in the bottom half of the table. 

In addition to this, Everton have scored the fewest goals from open play this season with 13, and haven’t won against teams currently in the top seven of the table. 

With a win, Brighton can’t move up any places, but can widen the gap between them and those in 8th and 9th

Victory for Everton would see them stay in 17th but potentially go three points clear of Luton who currently occupy the last relegation place.  

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