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Everton v Brighton

Match preview

9 Mar 2018
Glenn Murray

Everton's Ashley Williams is suspended. Ramiro Funes Mori and Leighton Baines could make their first appearances since March 2017 and November respectively, while Phil Jagielka is also fit.

Eliaquim Mangala (knee) and James McCarthy (leg) remain long-term absentees.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has reported no fresh injury doubts but is still without Steve Sidwell (ankle and back).

Did you know?

Everton have won their last six PL home matches against promoted sides. This is their fifth such run of six wins, but they have never managed seven in a row.

Brighton will be the 41st different PL opponent Sam Allardyce has faced; the fourth most in the competition after Arsene Wenger (46), Sir Alex Ferguson (44) and Harry Redknapp (43). The only PL side he has not beaten are Derby County (P4 D1 L3)

Brighton are unbeaten in five PL outings (W3 D2) and have just won back-to-back matches for the first time, although both were at home.

Glenn Murray has five goals in his last five PL matches. Only Sergio Aguero, with nine, and Mohamed Salah, with seven, have more goals in 2018 than Murray’s six. 

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Referee: Roger East
Assistants: Simon Long, Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth official: Paul Tierney

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