Everton vs Brighton prediction

Carlo Ancelotti will be looking for his Everton side to bounce back from their humiliating defeat against Liverpool’s youngsters in the FA Cup last weekend when they host Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

The Toffees had won back-to-back games under the Italian manager following his arrival at Goodison Park, but have been brought back down to earth over the past week with a New Year’s Day defeat to Manchester City before their FA Cup elimination.

However, Ancelotti has strengthened his side’s defence and is getting goals out of Dominic Calvert-Lewin in attack. That should see them fair well at home to a Brighton & Hove Albion side who have won just one of their last seven in all competitions, and that was at home to a struggling Bournemouth.

Graham Potter saw his side beaten at home by Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup last weekend and are starting to look over the relegation zone. I think the home side will have too much quality in this game and ultimately come out on top. I can only assume it was last weekend’s defeat to Liverpool that Everton are basically evens in this match; I was expecting them to be around 1.80.

Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin are Everton’s best goal threats, though Moise Kean is due a goal at some point. They should get supply from Djibril Sidibe and Lucas Digne at full-back in a game they should dominate territory.

Best bet: Everton to win is 1.96 with Betfair

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