Everton hosts Brighton & Hove Albion in round 22 of the English Premier League. The match will be played on Saturday, January 11th at Goodison Park (Liverpool)
Fans of Ancelotti and those who watched the games of Napoli will probably remember how the Italian acted against the dominant teams. The focus was made on defense, which even allowed to conceded only one goal from Liverpool in 180 minutes. Carlo also acted closed against Man City and Klopp's team, despite the opponents’ reserve lineup. It is not surprising that the Toffees created little in the attack, and they managed to score only one goal in the last two matches.
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Brighton can rightly be considered the opening of this season, given how the Seagulls have changed their style. Under Potter, they often take the ball under their control and do not give up the initiative even in matches with the Premier League grandees. Still, Brighton’s coach lacks high-quality performers to realize his ideas fully. Having one of the poorest squads in the Premier League, the Seagulls are trying to play like Liverpool. However, without high-level masters, Brighton is unable to score as much as the Premier League leader.
As I have already mentioned above, Ancelotti will play pragmatically, betting on defense, so the visitors will have serious problems. But it is also worth noting that Brighton's defenders are gradually adapting to the new style. Besides, high pressure allows the Seagulls to nip the opponent’s attacks in the bud. For example, look at the last game with Chelsea, in which Potter's men successfully restrained the onslaught of Londoners. In general, Brighton has conceded only six goals in its last six matches. For comparison, Everton scored only four goals in five last meetings. And given that the Toffees could not do anything against Liverpool's reservists, it is unlikely that they will arrange goal extravaganza in the game with Brighton. Therefore, I will bet on Under 3.0 goals scored in this meeting.
Prediction for the match: Under 3.0 goals scored