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OPPOSITION IN FOCUS: EVERTON

10 June 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun celebrate at Goodison Park.

Our rundown of Brighton & Hove Albion’s Premier League opposition for the 2018/19 campaign continues with Everton.

Everton

League Position 2017/18: 8th

Top league goalscorer: Wayne Rooney (10)

How did they do last season?

Despite starting the season with a victory over Stoke City and a draw against eventual Premier League champions Manchester City, the Toffees endured a difficult opening few months of the campaign.

Heavy defeats to Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United followed, and after nine matches of the season, the Merseyside club found themselves in 18th position.

Ronald Koeman was sacked after another heavy defeat, this time 5-2 to Arsenal at Goodison Park, and David Unsworth came in to temporarily take charge of the team.

Unsworth led the team to victories over Watford and West Ham United, but it wasn’t enough to keep the job, as Sam Allardyce arrived to permanently take charge as the club’s new manager.

Allardyce’s impact was instant, as the Toffees went six matches unbeaten, claiming three victories and three draws.

Everton remained in the top half of the league table for the rest of the season and finished in eighth position, despite losing 3-1 to West Ham on the final day of the campaign.



Who’s in charge?

After six months in charge, Allardyce departed in May and former Watford and Hull City manager Marco Silva arrived at the club before the month came to a close.

The Portuguese managed Estoril, Sporting Lisbon and Olympiakos before moving to England in 2017 - but the 40-year-old couldn’t save Hull City from Premier League relegation.

Just two days later, it was announced that Silva would join Watford as head coach, but his time at Vicarage Road didn’t last long, as he was dismissed in January 2018.

Silva has now signed a three-year contract at Goodison Park and will look to achieve success at his third Premier League club.



Who should I keep an eye out for?

Gylfi Sigurdsson

The Iceland international joined Everton at the start of the 2017/18 campaign from Swansea City for a reported £40 million plus £5 million in potential add-ons.

Sigurdsson hit six goals for the Toffees in all competitions from central midfield, as well as claiming five assists throughout the season.

The midfielder’s class is proven after spells with Swansea and Tottenham Hotspur, and it’s likely the 28-year-old will at some point return to the figures he achieved at those clubs.

Sigurdsson scored 37 goals and claimed 30 assists in 137 appearances for the Swans, which attracted interest from a number of clubs before the Toffees secured his services.



How did we fare against them last season?

Albion were close to securing all three points against the Toffees at the Amex Stadium in October, after Anthony Knockaert fired the Seagulls in front in the second half.

But Wayne Rooney equalised from the penalty spot in the 90th-minute to deny Chris Hughton’s side and secure a share of the spoils for his team-mates.

The Seagulls were then on the receiving end of a 2-0 defeat at Goodison Park in March -  Cenk Tosun’s strike and an own goal from Gaetan Bong made the difference.


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