Pre-match reading, rendered largely irrelevant by the team news
Graham Potter has picked the same Brighton side that played well in defeat at Old Trafford last weekend. Everton are without a number of injured players, including Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Andre Gomes and Allan; their bench includes two 17-year-olds in Isaac Price and Reece Welch.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of Brighton v Everton from the Amex Stadium. Although Brighton are technically in a relegation battle, this feels like a bigger game for Everton, who urgently need to stop playing silly buggers if they are to secure a European place.
They have had some really disappointing results since the turn of the year, yet they are still in contention for the Champions League, never mind the Europa: if they win their two games in hand they will be only two points off fourth place. And almost all of this poor results have been at Goodison Park. Tonight they have the away advantage against a Brighton side that have almost picked up more points on the road.
Brighton have won only two league games at home all season, but one of those was a 3-0 hammering of Newcastle in their last match at the Amex. As a neutral it’s hard to see them going down – partly because they are six points ahead of Fulham with two games in hand, mainly because they are a very impressive football team. The table says it’s 16th v 8th but this feels, give or take, like a battle of equals.