Everton

V

Goodison Park

10/03/2018 | 3:00 pm

Brighton

V

Goodison Park

10/03/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence:  Under-pressure Toffees boss Sam Allardyce welcomes a buoyant Chris Hughton to Goodison Park knowing that only victory will do to appease restless fans, as both sides still have a little work to do before guaranteeing top flight football for next season.

Last time: Incredibly you have to go all the way back to October 1982 for the last time the Seagulls travelled to Goodison. A 2-2 draw was played out that day in a season that saw Brighton finish bottom of the top flight pile.

This time: Everton are 11/10 to win with Brighton at 13/5 and the draw 9/4.

You might remember:  There’s not a huge amount of history between the two sides, but the Toffees claimed a thoroughly entertaining 4-3 win on a cold December day back in 1980. However, the season was disappointing for both with Everton finishing 15th and Brighton 19th.

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Everton host an in-form Brighton at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Saturday

Whatever Chris Hughton is feeding his Seagulls, Everton’s Sam Allardyce could certainly do with some. Brighton have gone from relegation candidates to the safety of mid-table after going on a seven-game unbeaten run in all competitions. Although Big Sam is almost certainly going to keep Everton up, his tenure beyond the end of the season is in doubt, but three points at the weekend will further help his cause. However, he will be up against it as the in-form Brighton come to Merseyside.

Everton are 11/10 to win the match and for a side like the Toffees to be above evens at home playing a team who were the pre-season favourites for relegation must hurt. However, it is good for us because that price offers value. That is because Everton have been strong at home this season, picking up eight wins from their 14 games so far.

Brighton are 13/5 to win and form suggests that is more than backable. However, despite picking up 11 points from their last five Premier League games, only two of those points came away from home with only two road victories recorded all season.

The draw is 9/4 and on paper that looks the way to go. Hughton would be happy leaving Goodison a point closer to Premier League football next season and Allardyce – although slightly displeased – would not be too upset avoiding a defeat. There have also been four draws in the last eight head to heads but that does date back to 1980 so perhaps not the best guide.

Both teams to score is 11/10 and thanks to Brighton’s recent record, that looks a good price. You have to go back to 20 January for the last time the Seagulls failed to find the back of the net. Equally, the Toffees have found the back of the net in five of their last six games in all competitions.

Brighton to be the first team to score is 6/4. Since their final game of January, Brighton have scored at least once in the first half in all six of their games, so a fast-starting Seagulls could stun Everton early on.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Glenn Murray. The veteran Brighton striker is arguably having his best season in front of goal after notching his 11th league goal of the season against Arsenal. He’s 2/1 to score anytime and based on his current exploits, that could be a banker.

2

We fancy:

Over 2.5 goals in the game at 7/5, and that is one of the best markets to bet in. Although neither side have set the goal alight this season, recent form suggests at least three goals are set for this game.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Everton to win 4-0 is 50/1. Although that may sound rather outlandish, the Toffees have already recorded this scoreline once this season against a fellow struggler. That was West Ham and Brighton could be bumped down to earth with a bang.

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Written by Ian Waterhouse

Ian Waterhouse is a sports, fitness and betting writer with extensive experience in all sectors of the gambling industry. When he’s not trawling through the odds, you’ll probably find Ian on the golf course – probably the bunker!