All eyes will be on Ronald Koeman as his Everton side travel to the Amex Stadium on Sunday 15th October.
The Toffees have lost four of their last five Premier League games, including a 1-0 home loss against Burnley last time out, leaving the dutchman to sweat over his job security.
Everton’s poor domestic form has thus far been mirrored by their inability to win in Europe, where a 3-0 thrashing away at Atlanta was exacerbated by a late equaliser in their home tie against Apollon Limassol.
For Koeman, it has been a classic case of all-round poor performance. Everton have scored just four times in the league this season, while their defence has shipped twelve goals domestically – only West Ham and Crystal Palace can boast worse records at the back.
Newly-promoted Brighton, on the other hand, have enjoyed a relatively healthy start to the season, with both of their Premier League wins coming in their last four games. With his side currently residing in 14th with seven points, Chris Hughton can certainly be pleased with Brighton’s dogged start to their maiden Premier League campaign.
Pascal Groß has been particularly effective for The Seagulls, having converted two of his total three shots on target in the league.
Hughton will be looking to pile the misery on Koeman at the Amex on Sunday, in a game that will be make or break for the former Southampton manager.
Injuries and Suspensions:
Phil Jagielka (Hamstring), Ross Barkley (Hamstring), Ramiro Funes Mori (Knee), Yannick Bolasie (Knee), James McCarthy (Knee), and Seamus Coleman (Broken Leg) are all unavailable for Everton.
Brighton are without Biram Kayal (Calf), Steve Sidwell (Back), Sam Baldock (Calf) and Tomer Hemed (Suspended).
Everton (4-3-3) – Pickford, Martina, Keane, Williams, Baines, Vlasic, Schneiderlin, Gueye, Sigurdsson, Rooney, Calvert-Lewin.
Brighton (4-4-2) – Ryan, Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner, Knockaert, Stephens, Pröpper, March, Groß, Brown.
Jack Henry Norris