Everton will play hosts to Brighton and Hove Albion at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon hoping to secure maximum points and maintain their 100% winning start in this Premier League campaign. The Toffees have won all three of their league games so far, so they will be quietly confident of earning a positive result versus the Seagulls this weekend.
Carlo Ancelotti will stick with his favoured 4-3-3 formation. However, he will be sweating on the fitness of Richarlison and Allan after both players picked up knocks in midweek.
4-3-3 Everton Predicted Lineup To Face Brighton And Hove Albion
Jordan Pickford will assume the duties of Everton’s first-choice keeper after failing to keep a clean sheet against West Ham United earlier this week. Michael Keane will once again play alongside Yerry Mina at the heart of the Toffees defence as they try to keep Brighton’s Neal Maupay and Leandro Trossard in check during the game.
Seamus Coleman will lineup as the right-back while Lucas Digne gets the nod to feature on the other side at left-back. Ancelotti would want both his full-backs to push high up the field so that they can provide some natural width for the front players.
Jonjoe Kenny is a slight doubt for this game while Mason Holgate is also expected to remain sidelined this weekend.
Everton’s midfield will be comprised of Andre Gomes, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure as they have formed a solid partnership under Ancelotti’s expert tutelage over the past few weeks. The midfield trio will focus on retaining possession at the centre of the park so that they can create some decent openings for their teammates up top.
Allan is a significant worry ahead of this match, so Gylfi Sigurdsson will be on standby just in case Ancelotti’s new summer signing fails to recover in time for this clash.
Richarlison will be in a race against time to be fit on Saturday. If the Brazilian winger can pass a late fitness test, then he will feature on the left-wing as he looks to cause all sorts of problems for the Brighton defenders. James Rodriguez will hope to use his technique and guile to do some damage on the right.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be a nailed-on starter at the centre-forward position after his midweek hattrick versus the Hammers in the EFL Cup last 16. The English striker will carry most of the goal-scoring burden up top.
Alex Iwobi and Bernard will once again have to settle for a spot on the bench but could come on as the impact substitutes in the second half if required.