Brighton v Everton: Seagulls hard to beat at home

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Will Graham Potter have the answers when Brighton face Everton?
  • Brighton and Hove Albion vs Everton
  • Sat 28 Aug, 16:00

Brighton have become a difficult team to defeat at The Amex Stadium and Dan Fitch thinks their unbeaten home run will continue against Everton.

"Everton’s policy of putting in plenty of crosses towards Calvert-Lewin, may not have too much success against Brighton’s central-defenders Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy."

Back over 10.5 corners between Brighton and Everton at 2.111/10

Winning start for Brighton

Only five teams have won both of their two Premier League games and Brighton are one of them.

A 2-1 victory at Burnley on the opening day of the season, was followed by a 2-0 home win against Watford. In midweek, Brighton beat Cardiff 2-0 in the second round of the EFL Cup.

Graham Potter picked an extremely young team, with the average age of the outfield players selected, being just 20. Despite the unfamiliar names on display, the side played in a style that we have come to expect from any picked by Potter. Keeping their manager, who was linked to Everton and also Spurs, is the best bit of business that Brighton have done this summer.

Potter has been without the injured Kjell Scherpen, Tariq Lamptey, Dan Burn and Danny Welbeck since the start of the season. Enock Mwepu and Neal Maupay have also picked up knocks and are doubts, while Joel Veltman has been in isolation and is not expected back until after the international break.

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Brighton and Hove Albion vs Everton Saturday 28 August, 16:00

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Benitez makes unbeaten start

Everton have also made an unbeaten start to the season, after controversially appointing Rafa Benitez as their manager over the summer.

A 3-1 comeback win against Southampton, was followed by a 2-2 draw at Leeds in which Everton were twice ahead. In midweek, Everton moved through to the third round of the EFL Cup, with a 2-1 win at Huddersfield.

The likes of Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend were more low-key signings than many made by the club in recent seasons, but both look like bargains, having made bright starts to their careers on Merseyside. Benitez has employed a tactical system that sees Everton putting in lots of crosses to their striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin and he's scored in both of his two Premier League appearances this season.

Moise Kean was sent off in the match against Huddersfield and is now suspended for three games. The only other player who is unavailable to Benitez is James Rodriguez, who looks set to leave the club before the transfer window ends.

Brighton home form is reliable

Brighton are the favourites at 2.546/4, with an Everton win at 3.211/5 and the draw at 3.39/4.

It's Brighton that are perhaps easier to analyse at the moment than Everton, who are starting afresh with a new manager. Potter has his team playing in a very settled style and system, that doesn't seem to change much, regardless of what personnel is available to him.

Going back into last season, Brighton are unbeaten in their last six home games in the Premier League (W4 D2), which included a 0-0 draw with Everton. Brighton are 1.748/11 in the Draw No Bet market, which seems a safe bet.

Corner bet could land

Backing both teams to score, used to be a very reliable bet when Brighton were involved, but gradually their defence improved over the course of last season. Four of their last six league home games have seen the hosts keep a clean sheet.

Everton's policy of putting in plenty of crosses towards Calvert-Lewin, may not have too much success against Brighton's central-defenders Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy. Under 2.5 goals could be successful, but looks a little short to recommend at 1.684/6.

Over 10.5 corners is 2.111/10. It's landed easily in both of Everton's two Premier League games this season.

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