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DUNK SET TO RETURN FOR EVERTON CLASH

28 December 2018

Bennett Dean
Lewis Dunk is back from suspension for the visit of Everton to the Amex Stadium on Saturday.
Brighton & Hove Albion continue their busy festive schedule with the visit of Everton to the Amex on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.
 
Chris Hughton’s men head into the match after an impressive 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Boxing Day - the result means Albion have taken seven points from their six games in December, as the Seagulls prepare to play their final match of 2018.
 
Everton ended a run of five games without a victory on Boxing Day with an emphatic 5-1 win away at Burnley, which leaves the Toffees eighth in the Premier League table – five places and five points clear of the Seagulls in 13th.
 
TEAM NEWS
 
Albion have no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday, while Lewis Dunk will be available for selection once again after serving a one-match suspension following his sending off in last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at AFC Bournemouth.
 
Hughton will be without Maty Ryan, with the shot-stopper now away on international duty after linking up with Australia for next month’s Asian Cup.
 
Marco Silva hopes to welcome back Ademola Lookman into training before the week is out, after the young winger was ruled out with an ankle problem.
 
 
FORM
 
The Seagulls opened December with back-to-back victories over Huddersfield Town and Crystal Palace, but three defeats have followed for Hughton’s men, who occupy 13th position in the league table.
 
A James Tarkowski goal gave Burnley a 1-0 win at Turf Moor, before Chelsea claimed a 2-1 victory at the Amex.
 
Hughton’s side then travelled to the Vitality Stadium, and a David Brooks double proved to be the difference in a 2-0 win for AFC Bournemouth.
 
A run of three straight defeats came to an end on Boxing Day, as Jurgen Locadia’s strike cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener to give Albion a creditable 1-1 draw with Arsenal.
 
The Toffees will head into Saturday’s game buoyed by a 5-1 win away at Burnley on Boxing Day, as a goal from Yerry Mina, Lucas Digne’s brace, Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty and Richarlison’s strike secured an emphatic win.
 
That result comes after a largely frustrating festive period, which saw Marco Silva’s side beaten 6-2 by Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park, a result which was proceeded by a 3-1 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
 
Everton had back-to-back draws with Newcastle United and Watford, after sharing the spoils with 1-1 and 2-2 scorelines, following a 1-0 derby defeat against Liverpool at Anfield.
 
LAST TIME WE MET
 
 
Everton took all three points in this season’s reverse fixture at Goodison Park after claiming a 3-1 victory on 3rd November.
 
Richarlison gave the hosts the lead in the 26th minute, as the Brazilian ended a swift counter-attack to break the deadlock.
 
Dunk levelled the scores seven minutes later with a powerful downward header, as he met a Solly March cross into the box.
 
Seamus Coleman regained the hosts’ lead five minutes after the re-start, before Richarlison got his second and Everton’s third, after rounding both Shane Duffy and Ryan to secure all three points.
 
LAST TIME OUT: ALBION
 
 
ALBION 1
Locadia 35
 
ARSENAL 1
Aubameyang 7
 
Albion line-up: Ryan; Montoya, Balogun, Duffy, Bernardo; March, Stephens, Propper, Gross, Locadia (Knockaert 86); Murray (Andone 79).
 
Subs not used: Button (GK) Bruno, Bong, Kayal, Bissouma.
 
LAST TIME OUT: EVERTON
 
 
BURNLEY 1
Gibson 36
 
EVERTON 5
Mina 2, Digne 13, 71, Sigurdsson 22 (pen), Richarlison 90 +3
 
Everton: Pickford; Mina, Keane, Zouma; Coleman, Sigurdsson, Gomes (Gueye 75), Digne; Walcott, Bernard (Davies 80); Calvert-Lewin (Richarlison 67).
 
Subs not used: Stekelenburg (GK), Jagielka, Baines, Niasse.
 
PLAYER TO WATCH: Richarlison
 
 
The Brazilian has hit the ground running for the Toffees this season, after scoring nine goals in 17 Premier League appearances, which included a brace against Albion earlier in the season.
 
The striker has scored in his last two games, after netting in stoppage time in the 5-1 win at Burnley and the 6-2 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur.
 
The 21-year-old has also been deployed on both the right and left flanks by Silva, and managed to score a brace against Wolverhampton Wanderers on the opening day of the season after being used on the left.
 
Richarlison’s pace and clinical finishing will certainly give the Albion defence plenty to think about on Saturday. 

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