Chris Hughton to make one change – Strongest 4-4-1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion lineup to face Everton
Brighton & Hove Albion will look to climb further up the Premier League table, when they take on an out of sorts Everton team on Saturday, at the Goodison Park.
The Seagulls come into the game high on spirits, after toppling giants Arsenal last week, beating the North Londoners 2-1 at home. The result saw them move to the tenth place in the standings with 34 points, seven points clear of the drop zone.
And manager Chris Hughton will be hoping to build on that victory with another solid performance against the Toffees this coming weekend and extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to eight games.
Right-back Ezequiel Schelotto is a slight doubt to be involved in the game on Saturday after he was taken off injured in the win against Arsenal. Winger Jiri Skalak is another player whose availability is unsure, while Steve Sidwell and Izzy Brown are definitely ruled out.
Here’s how we expect the Seagulls to line up against Sam Allardyce’s expensively assembled unit;
Manager: Chris Hughton
Matthew Ryan (GK)
The Australian shot-stopper is the preferred choice for Brighton ahead of Tim Krul and that is unlikely to change for Saturday’s encounter.
With doubts over the availability of Ezequiel Schelotto, club captain and veteran defender Bruno Saltor could start the game as the right-back.
Shane Duffy (CB)
The former Everton man has grown into a reliable centre-half for the Seagulls and will be hoping to put up a strong display against his former club.
Lewis Dunk (CB)
The Englishman scored his first goal of the season last week against Arsenal, having scored three own goals in the league already. Will be keen to build on that performance.
Gaetan Bong (LB)
The left-back slot is likely to be occupied by the 29-year old Gaetan Bong. The Cameroonian can be a useful outlet with his forward forays down the left side.
Anthony Knockaert (RW)
Despite having not been able to match up to the level of performances last season, Frenchman Anthony Knockaert continues to be a vital cog in this Brighton team and will start on the right flank.
Dale Stephens (CM)
The 28-year old midfielder has been a constant fixture in the starting line-up for Hughton’s side this season. Very much likely to stay the same on Saturday.
Davy Propper (CM)
The Dutchman has forged a solid partnership in the middle of the park alongside Stephens since his summer move. Will once again team up with the Englishman.
Jose Izquierdo (LW)
The Colombian winger has plenty of promise but hasn’t been able to match that up with consistent displays for the Seagulls. Was a bright performer last week against Arsenal and will want to carry on from there.
Pascal Gross (SS)
The German has been one of Brighton’s best players this season, operating as an auxiliary forward just off the main striker. Has produced returns of 5 goals and 8 assists and will be keen on adding to his tally on Saturday.
Glenn Murray (ST)
The veteran forward has been brilliant once again for the Seagulls and has already netted 11 Premier League goals this term. Amid talks of him being considered for the England national team for the summer’s World Cup, Murray will be hoping to continue in his rich vein of form till the end of the season.