Preview: Brighton & Hove Albion vs Everton – prediction, team news, lineups
Brighton & Hove Albion will look to achieve three wins from three matches at the start of the 2021-22 Premier League season when they host Everton at Amex on Saturday afternoon.
The Gaviotas are currently fourth in the table with six points, while Everton have also got off to an encouraging start, racking up four points in their two games under Rafael Benítez.
Brighton finished 16th in the Premier League last season, winning just nine of its 38 matches, but Graham Potter’s team has already put up two wins on the scoreboard in 2021-22, opening with a 2-1 success at Burnley in the first weekend before posting a 2-0 win over Watford last weekend.
The Seagulls also took the 2-0 winners over Cardiff City in the EFL Cup second round on Tuesday night, which means confidence should flow in the Amex.
Brighton has increased its transfer budget this summer by selling Ben White to Arsenal for £ 50 million, and the club is expected to make at least one more major transfer before the transfer window closes, with Enock Mwepu, Kjell Scherpen and Kaoru Mitoma as his only arrivals. far.
Potter’s team only recorded four wins at home in the Premier League last season, and they will have to improve their results at Amex if they have the ambition to advance to the top half of the table.
Brighton played a goalless draw with Everton in the corresponding match last season, but have lost two of their last three matches against the Toffees, who should also be in full confidence.
Meanwhile, Everton opened their 2021-22 Premier League campaign with a 3-1 win over Southampton on August 14 before claiming a point in a 2-2 draw with Leeds United last weekend.
The Toffees led twice at Elland Road through Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Demarai Gray, but were held both times; Again there were many positive signs from the Merseyside team, with Benitez overseeing a strong start, with two wins from three games.
In fact, Everton were also in EFL Cup action against Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night, recording a 2-1 win over the Championship team thanks to goals from Alex Iwobi and Andros Townsend.
Benítez’s team will know that another positive result on Saturday afternoon would lead them well to their next game after the international break, which comes at home to Burnley on September 13.
The Toffees have been relatively calm during this summer’s transfer window, but Gray’s arrival from Bayer Leverkusen appears to have been an inspired signing, with the 25-year-old impressing thus far.