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PREVIEW: ALBION V EVERTON

13 October 2017

Albion host Everton at the Amex on Sunday.

Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Everton to the American Express Community Stadium for their next Premier League game on Sunday, kick-off at 1.30pm.
 
The two teams are level on points, however the Seagulls have a superior goal difference and sit in 14th place, two places above Everton in 16th.
 
Everton will mark their first appearance at the Amex Stadium on Sunday, and the two sides haven't met since the 1982/83 season, when the Toffees ran out 2-1 victors at the Goldstone Ground.


TEAM NEWS
 
Striker Tomer Hemed remains ruled out, as he serves the second game of a three-match suspension.  

Sam Baldock could make a return to the side after nursing a calf problem in recent weeks, whilst Davy Propper and Glenn Murray are in contention to return after recovering from knocks.
 
For Everton, James McCarthy and Phil Jagielka could both return to the squad after they suffered knee and thigh injuries respectively.
 
Yannick Bolasie (knee), Funes Mori (knee), Seamus Coleman (leg) and Ross Barkley (hamstring) all continue their long lay-offs from action.

FORM:
 
ALBION: Brighton head into the game looking to get back on track with a win following their 2-0 defeat to Arsenal, but they can take heart from a battling performance at the Emirates.
 
Previously, the Seagulls beat fellow promotion rivals Newcastle United after losing back-to-back matches in the cup and league to Bournemouth.
 
The Seagulls won their first game of the season with a 3-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion at the Amex, after picking up their first point in a goalless stalemate with Watford at Vicarage Road.
 
Albion's first two games of the season ended in defeat at the hands of 2015/16 Premier League champions Leicester City and Manchester City.
 
EVERTON: The Toffees have not won a game away from home yet this season and head to the Amex following a surprise 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley.
 
Before that, Everton narrowly beat Bournemouth at home after four games without a win, as they faced Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City in a gruelling sequence of fixtures. The Merseyside club won their first game of the season 1-0 at home to Stoke, courtesy of Wayne Rooney's header.
 
Everton have also had problems in the Europa League, having lost to Atalanta 3-0 before picking up a point at home to Apollon Limassol. In between these games, the Toffees advanced to the  Carabao Cup fourth round with a convincing 3-0 win over Sunderland.

 

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

ARSENAL 2
Monreal 16
Iwobi 56
 
ALBION 0
 
ALBION: Ryan; Duffy, Bruno, Dunk, Bong; Izquierdo (Knockert 76), March (Schelotto 72), Propper, Stephens, Brown (Murray 76); Gross
 
SUBS NOT USED: Krul (GK), Goldson, Suttner, Molumby.

 

LAST TIME OUT: EVERTON

Jeff Hendrick
 

EVERTON 0
 
 
BURNLEY 1
Hendrick 21
 
Everton line-up: Pickford; Martina, Keane, Williams, Baines; Schneiderlin (Rooney 63), Gueye, Vlasic (Davies 69), Sigurdsson; Calvert-Lewin, Niasse (Ramirez 82).
 
Subs not used: Stekelenburg (GK), Holgate, Lookman, Klaassen.

 

PLAYER TO WATCH: Oumar Niasse 

Oumar Niasse

The Senegalese international has notched two goals this season so far in the Premier League, and they both came in a vital win against Bournemouth in September.
 
The striker joined from Lokomotiv Moscow in January but was loaned to Hull City almost immediately, where he scored four league goals in 17 appearances before the Tigers’ relegation.
 
Albion will need to be on full alert if they’re to keep the striker at bay, considering his ability to turn the game on its head, like he did against Bournemouth.
 
Niasse scored 12 goals in 28 league appearances whilst playing in Moscow.


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