Everton will look to maintain their perfect start to the Premier League season as they welcome Brighton and Hove Albion to Goodison Park.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side have been in sparkling form since the season began, having not lost or even drawn a game in all competitions so far.
The controversial manner of last week’s win over Crystal Palace has done little to dampen the mood amongst Evertonians, who have enjoyed seeing their side perform with a new air of confidence.
The signings of established European performers Allan and James Rodriguez this summer have gifted Everton a certain swagger, something which striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has profited from.
The forward has plundered 2 hattricks in the space of a month, earning him a deserved call up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming international break.
How Ancelotti would love to go in to that international break off the back of yet another win – but opponents Brighton will be keen to demonstrate they aren’t in the Premier League to make up the numbers.
Graham Potter’s seagulls have improved consistently under his leadership, and despite 2 defeats in their opening three games, the Albion have shown enough quality to suggest they are no pushovers.
Defeat to Manchester United last week in controversial fashion will have been tough to digest for Potter, whose side crashed the frame of the United goal on multiple occasions.
Leandro Trossard hit the woodwork three times alone in the game – ironically becoming the first Premier League player to hit the post or crossbar 3 times in a single match since ex-United man Cristiano Ronaldo did so in 2006.
Any such Brighton dominance against Everton will need to be carried out without Davy Propper, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Jose Izquierdo and Florin Andone, however, who are all injured.
Midfielder Yves Bissouma could return to the fold for the Seagulls after serving his suspension for a red card.
Everton will be hoping they don’t pick up any injuries this weekend, with influential operators Richarlison and Allan limping off last week against Palace.
The Brazilian duo are rated touch-and-go to face Brighton, but Mason Holgate, Jarrad Branthwaite, Cenk Tosun and Jean-Philippe Gbamin are all definite absentees for Carlo Ancelotti.
Everton v Brighton and Hove Albion is a 3pm kick off on Saturday, 3rd October.