Everton vs Brighton preview: Phil Jagielka and Jonjoe Kenny set to miss out

Everton defenders Phil Jagielka and Jonjoe Kenny will both be absent when Brighton visit Goodison Park on Saturday.

The pair are carrying minor injuries but manager Marco Silva expects both to resume training next week.

“Everything is OK apart from a small problem, nothing special, with Jags and Jonjoe,” said Silva. “It is a matter of some days and they will be OK to train next week.”

Brighton go into this Saturday’s Premier League game at Everton 11th in the Premier League table after three wins in a row.

The most recent of those victories came at home to Wolves last weekend and Hughton praised the fight in his squad.

He said: “The most pleasing thing is that we’re getting the three points, we know how valuable that is in this division. To get three wins on the spin is unusual, it’s hard enough getting them back to back.

“The 1-0 scorelines show that we do have a resilience in the team and squad. We’ve been under pressure in the last couple of games and showed great spirit to make sure we don’t concede.”

Team news

Everton winger Ademola Lookman is pushing for his first Premier League start of the season.

Brighton remain without Davy Propper and Pascal Gross. Both are short of fitness following ankle injuries, with the influential Gross having been out since September 1.

The club are confident both will be available after the international break

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  • Everton are unbeaten in their last four league meetings with Brighton (W2 D2) since a 3-1 away defeat in February 1982.
  • Brighton have never won away at Everton in any competition, drawing two and losing four of their six visits.
  • Everton have won their last two Premier League home games without conceding. They last won three in a row without reply in the competition in March 2017.
  • Brighton have won their last three Premier League games, all by a 1-0 scoreline. The last team to win four in a row by this scoreline were Leicester in April 2016.
  • Brighton are looking to win four consecutive top-flight matches for the first time since May 1981.
  • Brighton have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three Premier League games – more than they had in their previous 24 in the competition (2).
  • Three of Everton’s last four Premier League goals at Goodison Park have been scored by substitutes – prior to this, only one of their previous 26 home league goals were netted by subs.
  • Seven of Everton’s last eight Premier League goals have been scored in the second half of games.
  • Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored five goals in his last six Premier League games – more than he had in his previous 31 for the Toffees in the competition (4).
  • Glenn Murray has scored six of Brighton’s 11 Premier League goals in 2018-19 (55%), the only player to score more than half of his clubs’ goals in the competition this term.

Merson’s prediction

I know Brighton won at Newcastle but they tend to struggle at home, so I’m going for an Everton victory. In patches at Old Trafford, Everton were good and could have got a result.

Brighton are quite solid, but only really at home, and I just think this Everton team have a bit about them with Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Bernard. That’s enough to open Brighton up.

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