The midweek EFL Cup fourth round distractions are now out of the way – well almost, tonight sees the final scheduled tie between Manchester City and Fulham take place, and the fixture list will have to accommodate the postponed Leicester City v Southampton tie following Leicester’s tragic loss – but Everton manager Marco Silva has had a full week to prepare for our Premier League clash with Brighton and Hove Albion.
With Everton suffering defeat to Manchester United in our last top-flight game, the aim will be to get back to winning ways following the 2-1 loss and sitting in ninth place, if results go our way we can gain a place in the table once again with a positive result.
Brighton will be tough though, Chris Hughton’s side have pulled off some good results this season and the elder Glenn Murray is in fine form at the top of the pitch and will be in good confidence having just bagged his 100th club goal, and defensively Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk are regularly receiving the plaudits.
With Everton being on a run of form that brought three wins on the spin prior to the United, and in the knowledge that with some luck we may have nicked a point, there’s every reason for confidence ahead of this one and we are more than capable of breaking them down and picking up all three points this coming weekend.
According to PhysioRoom’s injury table, the only player out of contention for the tie remains James McCarthy, and given his long-standing issues, albeit he’s now rebuilding his fitness back up properly as he looks for a first-team return, Silva’s plans for the match won’t be interrupted.
With a full squad to pick from, that can only be a bonus for the tie but you wouldn’t expect Silva to be making many changes, if any, as the side at the moment largely picks itself even if some fans would like to see him twist in certain areas of the pitch.