Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s play their very-first game in the Premier League International Cup this evening when they host Everton at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre, kick-off 7pm.
The Seagulls are taking part in the competition after reaching the Premier League 2 Division 1, as they swap the Premier League Cup for games against some of Europe’s elite sides.
Simon Rusk’s men welcome the Toffees to the south coast in the first round of Group D games, before coming up against European giants Benfica and Bayern Munich.
Albion have made an impressive start to the campaign and occupy second spot in the top flight after five matches - while tonight’s opponents sit just one point behind in fourth position.
A hat-trick of draws came at the beginning of the season for the Seagulls, against Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, before back-to-back victories over Manchester City and West Ham United.
Aaron Connolly has been firing on all cylinders for the side this season, with five goals in six matches, while Viktor Gyokeres has also found the back of the net on three occasions in the Premier League 2.
Everton claimed draws against Chelsea and Swansea City before victories over Leicester City and Blackburn Rovers in their opening four matches, but the Toffees were beaten by Derby County in their last outing.
The Merseyside club have competed in the Premier League International Cup since its introduction in 2014 and have only progressed from the group stage on one occasion - the Toffees drew twice and lost once last season.
Albion supporters can follow a live text blog from tonight’s game on the Match Centre, with a match report and gallery being uploaded after the full-time whistle.