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Everton at Brighton Live: Utter shambles, Blues collapse 3-2

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Will the Blues pick up their first away win of the season today?

Brighton & Hove Albion v Everton FC - Premier League Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Live Blog

Fulltime - The Blues led this game believe it or not with less than fifteen minutes left to play, but instead of getting Silva his first comeback win, they somehow contrived to completely collapse and lose 3-2. Apt that Farhad Moshiri and Bill Kenwright were here to watch this tripe too.

90+4’ - Doesn’t get more Everton than that. Utter collapse as Digne scores an own goal and the Blues are now down 3-2. Blues push forward, and Andre Gomes is caught out of position, allowing Trossard to waltz into the box, his dangerous cross into the middle.. Digne tries to cut it out and slots it neatly past Pickford. Horrendous.

90+2’ - Richarlison gets past Burn down the right but the lanky defender gets a foot in, and the ball goes out for a goalkick.

90’ - All Brighton now. And we’re going to have six-plus minutes of time added on.

86’ - Keane having a mare now, embarrassed by Trossard in the nox, leaves him for dead and the cross is cut out.
Holgate wipes out Maupay and gets a deserved yellow card. Going to be a freekick to Everton’s left, about 25 yards out. Looks like Lewis Dunk will take this, right footed.
Straight at Pickford who bats it right back at Trossard but he can only tap it back to the goalie, whew.

83’ - Brighton look the more determined side and are attacking with gusto, but that is leaving spaces for the Blues to attack as well. The momentum has swung the hosts’ way though.

78’ - VAR bites Everton! Accidental contact as Keane steps on Connolly, who goes down hard in the box and the ref gives the penalty after the review. Ref had not seen it, but there it is.
Maupay to take.. and he scores, 2-2. Pickford dived to his right, and the forward lifted it down the middle. Aerial threat Glenn Murray meanwhile is on for Connolly.

74’ - DCL GOAL!! Holgate charges forward, and puts on a slide rule pass for DCL to peel away for, and he slots it neatly past Ryan, 2-1!

72’ - Second & third Everton subs are going to be Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Fabian Delph, coming on for Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi.

64’ - Whew, Gross scores, but the assistant referee has his flag up and the goal is rightly disallowed. It was a low cross and touched home past the advancing Pickford, but the Brighton player was well offside.
The hosts make a double sub and their dangerman Trossard is coming on now for Gross, and Schelotto on a like-for-like change at rightback.

60’ - At the hour mark, both sides are missing that final ball in the last third of the pitch.

58’ - Normal service has been resumed, technical difficulties. Not much has changed that I can see, still 1-1.

28’ - Bernard is down on the ground and in agony, off the ball. Oooh, looks like he’s pulled something, looked to have slipped on the wet pitch and did an inadvertent split.
It’s Gylfi Sigurdsson coming on, but will Iwobi now switch to the left and Siggy to the middle?

23’ - Oof, bumbling Theo Walcott is back. Matty Ryan is off his line in a flash and Walcott can only fire it straight at the goalie from the top of the six yard box.

20’ - Everton pick a FINE time to score their first from a set-piece! Bernard wins a cheap corner, Richarlison unmarked at the near post and is first to it, goes off his head and the shoulder of the Brighton defender.. 1-1! Game on!

16’ - We’ve all heard the stats, Everton have never come from behind to win under Marco Silva, will it happen today?

13’ - Yet to see the Blues advance the ball down the left - are Bernard and Lucas Digne even here today?
Davies does well dribbling out of trouble, then gives it to Gomes who gives it away, and then compounds the problem by conceding a freekick just outside the box.
Pascal Gross stands over it, and hammers it through Jordan Pickford. The goalie simply did not firm up his arms enough and cannot even parry that howitzer. Brighton lead 1-0.

10’ - Everton unable to get the ball vertical as much as last week so far, Brighton’s 4-4-2 massed ranks are preventing that.

6’ - Central trio of Alex Iwobi, Andre Gomes & Tom Davies all getting involved early.

4’ - Everton stroking the ball around, Brighton are putting pressure on them and look hungrier when in possession.

1’ - Richarlison gets us underway.
Mason Holgate makes two crucial interceptions as Brighton are looking to push the tempo early. He’s slid into Mina’s spot on the left side of defence.

Lineups

Marco Silva has kept basically the same side with Yerry Mina not passing a late fitness test. He is in Brighton with the rest of the squad though, and might still be fit for Tuesday’s Carabao Cup game against Watford FC.

Preview

Everton finally broke their four game losing streak with a good win over West Ham United last week, but will face a different kind of challenge this week away at Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Blues have struggled away from Goodison under Marco Silva’s tenure in general, and this season in particular have just the one point in four road games from the opening day tilt at Crystal Palace.

Marco Silva will be hoping that the mood boost in his squad following last week’s dominant performance carries over into today’s clash but will be well aware that the hosts dismantled Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 in their last home game.

Under the Portuguese manager the Blues have mostly gone on to win games they’ve scored first and early in, especially against lower half opposition, so it’s no surprise either that Everton are yet to record a comeback win during his tenure.

Defensive lynchpin Yerry Mina looked to have pulled a muscle late on last weekend and could need a late fitness test to see if he is good to go, while Fabian Delph and Morgan Schneiderlin are fit again.

Silva has previously shown that he is reluctant to change a winning lineup no matter the opposition, so the fans will be hoping he maintains his Andre Gomes - Tom Davies midfield pairing that choked off West Ham’s initiative while getting vertical quickly with Alex Iwobi in at #10 in place of club record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Under Graham Potter Brighton are trying to shed their defensive mindset instilled by Chris Hughton previously, but with Aaron Mooy suspended and José Izquierdo out injured, it’ll be interesting to see how much attacking initiative they show. The 4-4-2 relies on the quickness of youngsters Aaron Connolly and Neal Maupay up top, and can stretch the often lumbering Everton defence on counters.

Match Details

Competition: Premier League Matchday 10

Date and start time: Saturday, October 26th at 7:00 a.m. PT / 10:00 a.m ET / 3:00 p.m. BST

Stadium: AmEx Community (Falmer) Stadium, Brighton, England

Capacity: 22,546

Weather: 63°F/17°C, light rain, 36% chance of precipitation, 25 mph winds

How to Watch/Listen

TV: NBCSN - United States; N/A - United Kingdom; DAZN, beIN Sports HD 1 & HD 11, SuperSport 4 Africa

Radio: evertontv, TalkSport Radio World

Live stream: NBC Sports App, Optus Sport, ESPN Brasil, ESPN Play Sur, RUSH, beIN SPORTS CONNECT

Gamethread: Live blog above starting one hour before game time

Information from LiveSoccerTV.com

Lineups

Everton

Starting XI: Pickford; Digne, Holgate, Keane, Sidibe; Davies, Gomes; Bernard, Iwobi, Walcott; Richarlison

Subs: Lossl, Delph, Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin, Kean, Coleman

Brighton

Starting XI: Ryan; Montoya, Webster, Dunk(C), Burn; Groß, Pröpper, Stephens, Alzate; Connolly, Maupay.

Subs: Button, Schelotto, Balogun, Trossard, March, Bissouma. Murray

Last Meeting

Goalkeeper David Button, making his first start for the Seagulls, was the Man of the Match the last time the Blues visited the AMEX back in December 2018. The Blues looked mostly uninspired with Richarlison seeing Button save from point-blank range before parrying another shot onto the post while Bruno Locadia scored off an Andre Gomes error from a corner (of course!) for a 1-0 win for the hosts.

The defensive pairing of Lewis Dunk and former Blue Shane Duffy held strong to fend off the Blues on that day, and there remains concerns that if Silva sticks with Richarlison at centre forward like last weekend, he’ll get swallowed up again by the burly defenders.

The Blues had controlled possession and had the bigger share of shots as well on that day too, and will struggle to come away with a better result if they don’t find a way to open up the well-drilled defence using pace and passing.