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Live Reporting

By Steve Sutcliffe

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Brighton 0-0 Everton

    Now here come Everton who have a corner. Lucas Digne swings the ball in from the left and it is only partially cleared.

    Bernard clips a lovely ball back into the penalty area and Michael Keane heads wide at the back post.

    He was about eight yards out. Should have at least hit the target. That's a let-off for Brighton.

    Michael Keane heads the ball
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    Brighton 0-0 Everton

    The hosts are having plenty of the ball in the early stages but are yet to make a real chance.

    Everton are sitting in and trying to break quickly through Seamus Coleman or Lucas Digne.

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    Brighton 0-0 Everton

    Brighton had conceded at this stage on Boxing Day against Arsenal. So far so good today though.

    Nothing really in this game at the moment.

    Gross and Digne
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    Brighton 0-0 Everton

    Everton's first sortie forward ends with Seamus Coleman slinging a cross into the near post but home keeper David Button collects comfortably.

    Nice pass from Andre Gomes there to put the Republic of Ireland full-back in on the right.

    Bong and Coleman
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    Brighton 0-0 Everton

    Early chance for Brighton to exert some pressure with a long punt into the Everton penalty area.

    But Pascal Gross miscues a free-kick forward and it's easily cleared before it reaches the danger zone.


    Brighton 0-0 Everton

    And away we go.

    Marco Silva and Chris Hughton
  7. Team news

    Brighton v Everton (15:00 GMT)

    Brighton XI

    Brighton manager Chris Hughton makes three changes to his starting XI from the 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Boxing Day.

    Mat Ryan has joined up with Australia for the Asian Cup so David Button deputises in goal. Lewis Dunk is restored to the defence, after suspension, in place of Leon Balogun and Glenn Murray drops to the bench with Florin Andone coming in.

    Brighton XI: Button, Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo, March, Stephens, Propper, Gross, Locadia, Andone

    Subs: Steele, Bong, Kayal, Bissouma, Balogun, Murray, Gyokeres

    Everton xi

    The Everton manager Marco SIlva makes two changes to the side that started their thumping 5-1 win at Burnley on Boxing Day.

    Idrissa Gueye comes in for Gylfi Sigurdsson in midfield while Richarlison also returns in place of Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

    Everton XI: Pickford, Keane, Zouma, Mina, Coleman, Gomes, Gueye, Bernard, Digne, Walcott, Richarlison

    Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Jagielka, Sigurdsson, Niasse, Davies, Calvert-Lewin

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    Brighton v Everton (15:00 GMT)

    Now time for some team news before we get going......

  9. Leaky Brighton

    Brighton v Everton (15:00 GMT)


    Brighton have failed to keep a clean sheet in nine Premier League matches, but that has not stopped them from collecting 22 points from 19 games, one more than at the same stage last year.

  10. View from the gantry

    Brighton v Everton (15:00 GMT)

    Jonathan Pearce

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    Mascot and fans

    Brighton should have beaten Arsenal after a timid opening. If they repeat their second-half form they can win this and make it a very creditable 33 home points from 2018.

    A front three of Anthony Knockaert, Glenn Murray and Florin Andone would really trouble Everton. They rarely fail to score at home. Clean sheets are just as rare. But the first choice centre-backs Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy will be together again.

    With keeper Mat Ryan now away with Australia they could do with a win here to put them probably within 10 points of safety already.

    Everton haven't won consecutive away league games in over two years. They'll find this a lot tougher than Burnley. It's also five years since they triumphed in the last game of a calendar year. A draw wouldn't be surprising.

  11. Good afternoon

    Brighton v Everton (15:00 GMT)

    Brighton ended a run of three consecutive defeats to draw against Arsenal on Boxing Day.

    Everton arrive at the Amex Stadium on the back of a 6-2 pre-Christmas humbling by Spurs which was followed by a thumping 5-1 win at Burnley on Boxing Day.

    So what can we expect this afternoon...?

    Well that's anyone's guess. BBC Football expert Mark Lawrenson has gone for a 2-1 Everton win. You can read his full predictions here.

    I'm sitting on the fence. Brighton have won four, drawn three and lost two of their nine home fixtures this season, while Everton's away record is played nine, won two, drawn three and lost four.