Fulltime Thoughts - The late equalizer against Crystal Palace looked like it had scuppered Everton’s European chances, and now that looks even more likely as the Blues draw again. Without their first choice midfield the side never had any balance and this is not a surprising result at all.
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90+2’ - Holgate tugs Lallana back and concedes a late freekick, and gets booked too. This should be the last action of the game. Gross’ effort is blocked by the wall and there’s the final whistle. One point somewhat stolen for Everton, who stay stuck in eight place.
90’ - ARGH!! Iwobi cuts into the box and with the goal gaping fires over! What a chance to steal three points there, with two minutes added on.
88’ - Big moment for youngster Nathan Broadhead, coming on for Tom Davies to make his Premier League debut.
Lallana with time and space at the edge of the box, shoots over.
82’ - Keane with a horrible pass out the back, Welbeck steals it and then the defender hacks Welbeck down. Well, Keane got the ball too, and is livid at the referee who has given him a yellow card.
Trossard to take from a great position outside the box.. goes just wide. Deflected out, corner. Melee in the box as it bounces around before Everton hoof clear.
81’ - James finds a streaking Digne on the left. Cross eventually finds Sig whose shot is charged down, then Davies hits the rebound over.
78’ - Corner into box cleared, cross back in and Dunk deflects it goalwards.. wonderful flying save from Olsen to keep it out. Was looking like it was going to sneak in under the bar.
The corner is cleared, but the pressure continues to mount.
76’ - Bissouma with a great break, Welbexk can shot and Godfrey blocks. Then Bissouma finds Maupay unmarked in the middle and finish is poor and wide. Whew.
Now Trossard cuts in but the massed ranks block it for a corner.
73’ - Toffees playing with some urgency. Execution is mostly poor, but they look alive.
71’ - Good Seamus is back as they break on the right, he finds James in the box and the Colombian tries to centre it, blocked for a corner.
James will take it himself, and it’s cleared.
70’ - Bad Seamus, then good Seamus, then bad Seamus and then good Seamus. Bad pass allows Brighton to break, he comes back to intercept the pass. Then loses it immediately just outside his box, then blocks a goalbound shot.
67’ - Holgate does well to cut out a cross for a corner. Lallana takes it low to the edge of the box and Moder meets it first-time, skims just over.
64’ - James fouled, ref either plays advantage or doesn’t give it. The Colombian is unhappy and pulls down Veltman, then gives the ref a thumbs-up.
62’ - Iwobi has gone up alongside Richarlison. Digne wins a corner on the left. Sig curls it in, Dunk clears.
56’ - Everton are not completely out of this game. Just need to find the right passes and some quality in the Brighton half.
Mina went in for a sliding tackle and looks to have pulled something in his inner thigh. Great. Alex Iwobi will be on and a possible formation change. Holgate into the three-man backline.
52’ - Dunk goes in the book for hacking down Richarlison as he was about to turn him.
50’ - Maupay turns and shoots, blocked for a corner. Gross takes, and Everton can clear.
46’ - Poor pass from Mina to Davies, Bissouma lets off a shot that balloons over.
Halftime Thoughts - Hard to say what to expect with this depleted Everton side. Brighton were always expected to control possession and they have, but the Blues started better and have faded away as the half went on, resorting to full on Route 1 football.
45’ - One minute added on. There’s the halftime whistle though, and it’s still 0-0. Both sides have had decent chances, but Brighton have been the better side in possession.
43’ - Everton build well on the break and Sig is just about to pull the trigger outside the box when Bissouma nips in and steals the ball.
Now Richy on the break on the right, just James to find in the box and his pass is poorly weighted.
38’ - The hosts have been the better side the last fifteen minutes or so, Everton struggling to get any incisive passes in the final third.
34’ - Brighton are pressing. Cross into the box is poorly cleared again by Keane and Welbeck tries a scissor-kick from a narrow angle.. Olsen scrambles and falls and watches gratefully as it goes just over the bar.
30’ - Richarlison finds Coleman running free down the touchline, his cross into the box is met by Davies, but the header is weak and wide.
Now Trossard’s deflected cross falls to Maupay, his shot is blocked by a diving Mina for a corner which is cleared.
28’ - David Moyes is in attendance here at the Amex. If he’s concerned that the Toffees can catch his West Ham United side, he can rest assured it won’t happen.
24’ - James with a delightful ball for Sigurdsson running into space, he passes it to Digne for a cross that’s blocked for the Blues’ first corner.
Sig will take.. overcooked and cleared.
20’ - Brighton have three players congregating every time James gets the ball. Can any other Everton players take advantage of the mismatch?
19’ - Goalie Sanchez is hobbling, collided with Richarlison going for a 50/50 ball.
17’ - Welbeck was left open out wide, but his attempt back into the box is punched away well.
Poor clearance from Coleman allows Maupay to take a crack, but it’s wide.
14’ - Coleman with a good run and wins a freekick about 25 yards out, a shade to the right. James to take.. over the wall and well over the bar too.
12’ - Despite the experimental nature of this lineup Everton are passing the ball around decently enough.
The Blues first shot is a wayward attempt from Godfrey as he ran onto a ball running loose.
6’ - Looking like Holgate has stepped up into midfield alongside Davies.
The backline is Godfrey, Mina and Keane, and then five in the middle - Coleman, Davies, Holgate, Sigurdsson and Digne. James playing just behind Richarlison upfront.
3’ - Lallana with the first shot from outside the box, blocked for a corner. Inswinger headed out by Keane for another corner. Gross takes again and cleared this time.
Olsen took a Mina shoulder to the head, and is looking groggy. He’s okay to continue after receiving some medical attention.
1’ - Underway at the Amex after two minutes of silence for Prince Phillip who passed away last week.
The lineups are announced, and not only is Allan out, so is Dominic Calvert-Lewin!
Olsen, Coleman, Holgate, Keane, Mina, Digne, Godfrey, Davies, Sigurdsson, Rodriguez, Richarlison
Subs: Virginia, Tyrer, Iwobi, Nkounkou, Broadhead, John, Price, Welch
Sanchez; Veltman, Dunk, White, Moder; Bissouma, Lallana, Groß; Trossard, Maupay, Welbeck
First, the positive. Everton sit in eighth place, but with two games in hand can climb into touching distance of even 3rd placed Leicester City. However, the negatives continue to mount. The injury list doesn’t seem to be shrinking and the Toffees continue to drop points against opponents a top six contender should be beating. Those games in hand mean nothing if Carlo Ancelotti’s side cannot turn them into points, especially with a lot of head-to-heads coming up against the teams the Blues are fighting with for Europe, so a top six finish is not out of question still, but the wiggle room continues to narrow.
If Carlo thought Jean-Philippe Gbamin would fill Abdoulaye Doucoure’s massive shoes, he will be massively disappointed with the news of Gbamin’s injury which likely sees his season ended. Allan is also doubtful for this game, and Everton will have a task on their hands unlocking a stingy Brighton & Hove Albion defence while trying to maintain their own defensive shape without the Brazilian. `
Competition: Premier League Matchday 30
Date and start time: Monday, April 12th at 12:15 p.m. PT / 3:15 p.m ET / 8:15 p.m. BST
Stadium: Amex Stadium, Brighton, United Kingdom
Capacity: 30,666 [Behind closed doors]
Weather: 47°F/8°C, mostly clear, 1% chance of precipitation, 4 mph winds
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Brighton had visited Goodison Park in early October when the Blues were still flying high, with Ancelotti’s side winning 4-2, James Rodriguez brace sealing the result. The Toffees last two trips to the Amex have both ended in defeats, 3-2 last season and 1-0 the campaign before that.