Everton have got a game and, thankfully, it’s not at home!
Our European dreams are slipping through our fingers, so Brighton away is a game we simply have to take three points from if we want any kind of European nights next season.
So how will Carlo line up his Blues?
Jordan Pickford is nearing a return after he started training again last week, but won’t be rushed back into action against Brighton.
Andre Gomes picked up a hamstring injury against Palace and will be out for a few weeks, while young Tyler Onyango will sadly not be making the squad for the foreseeable future after picking up a nasty ankle ligament injury in the FA Youth Cup win over Man City.
They’ll be joining Abdoulaye Doucoure and Fabian Delph on the sidelines, therefore.
Allan and Alex Iwobi are both doubts having also missed the Palace game, but they’ll be subject to late fitness tests.
Tactics and Formation
Carlo opted for a back three/five to combat Crystal Palace’s aerial threat, and, for the most part, it worked well. The Blues just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.
With that system having worked pretty well, let’s assume he’ll keep a similar setup against Brighton.
Gylfi Sigurdsson will probably come in for the injured Andre Gomes, although Tom Davies may also get the nod.
At the back, Ben Godfrey could come in, but it’s hard to say who he’d replace, with Coleman putting in a great shift last week, while Mason Holgate looked much more comfortable in his native centre-half role.
Starters (likelihood of starting rated out of 10)
Robin Olsen – 9/10
Mason Holgate – 8/10
Michael Keane – 8/10
Yerry Mina – 8/10
Seamus Coleman – 7/10
Allan – 6/10
Gylfi Sigurdsson – 8/10
James Rodriguez – 10/10
Richarlison – 10/10
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 10/10