The English Premier League continues this weekend after the international break, so take a look at our tips and predictions for the Brighton vs. Everton and Southampton vs. Newcastle United matches. With plenty of picks and markets to choose from, don’t waste your time and join the action at Get More Sports.
Brighton vs. Everton
Three-Way: 1: Brighton +238; X: +229 Draw; 2: Everton +154
Spread 0: Brighton +135; Everton -141
Total +2: Over -109; Under +110
The Seagulls are in the 14th position with seven points and are welcoming the struggling Everton in their search for the third home victory in a row. In the latest Premier League fixture, Brighton suffered a 0-2 defeat at Emirates against Arsenal, and even though they had chances to score, they left London without points. However, their form of late at AMEX Stadium is fine as they beat West Brom and Newcastle United, so the Toffees will have a lot to do to get a positive result on Sunday.
Brighton played nine games so far in the 2017/18 campaign, recording three victories, a draw, and five losses, with a goal difference of 6:10, which is just 1.8 goals per contest on average. They are much better at home as they recorded three wins and defeat, scoring five and allowing three goals in four matches. The Seagulls haven’t played Everton in recent history, but considering the Toffees away record this season, it’s going to be an interesting clash.
The German midfielder Pascal Gross and Israeli forward TomerHemed are currently the team’s leading scorers with a pair of goals to their respective names, while Gross is also a top assist-maker with two dishes. Hemed is not available to help his teammates on this one due to suspension, while Steve Sidwell is suffering from a back injury and will be out for another month. Davy Propper sustained a leg injury while on international duty with Sweden, and is doubtful for this encounter, as well as Biram Kayal (calf bone) and Sam Baldock (calf).
The Toffees are in a lot of trouble following a solid start to the season, and it seems that Ronald Koeman is very close to getting sacked, but for now, the Everton hierarchy is giving him time to regroup and deliver results. After the opening six games without a loss, Everton suffered five defeats in the previous eight matches, and giving that they have an excellent team and spent plenty of money this summer, it is unacceptable. With only seven points in the Premier League and just one in the Europa League, Koeman’s team must improve, or he’ll be looking for a new job pretty soon.
Everton already played 14 games so far in the season, recording six victories, three draws, and five losses, with a goal difference of 14:18, which is close to 2.3 goals per contest on average. The recent home loss Burnley still hurts, and they are hoping to get back on track with a win at AMEX Stadium on Sunday. However, Everton away form in the league is quite poor as they collected only one point from the first three games, but they faced title contenders such as Man City, Chelsea, and Man United, so it should be easier for them here.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Oumar Niasse, and Wayne Rooney are the Toffees’ leading scorers with three goals each, while Calvert-Lewin and Tom Davies recorded a couple of assists to their respective names. Still, the form of Sigurdsson and Klaasen is quite concerning as the midfield duo combined for miserable one goal and two assists so far, and they need to step up and justify almost €70 million Everton paid for their services. The captain Phil Jagielka (thigh) and midfielder James McCarthy (knee) are one step from being back into contention, and they are listed as doubtful for this duel. Seamus Coleman (broken leg), Ramiro Funes Mori (knee), Yannick Bolasie (cruciate ligament rupture), and Ross Barkley (hamstring) are still sidelined and unavailable to feature.
Brighton vs. Everton – Match Prediction
Everton is searching the first away win in the Premier League, and although Brighton proved to be tough at home, the Toffees have a decent chance to come away victorious.
MY PICK: Everton to win (+154)
Southampton vs. Newcastle United
Three-Way: 1: Southampton -104; X: +260 Draw; 2: Newcastle +380
Spread -0.5: Southampton -111; Newcastle +106
Total +2.5: Over +119; Under -118
Talking about struggling teams, Southampton is surely in that group as they collected only eight points thus far and are sitting in the 12th place, with two points behind Newcastle. Mauricio Pellegrino is another under pressure manager, and he must win this one, or the Saints may be looking for a new coach on Monday. Southampton scored only two goals in the last six matches and suffered a couple of consecutive losses, so the Argentinean manager is in a lot of trouble at the moment.
Southampton has played eight games so far in the 2017/18 Premier League campaign, recording two victories, two draws, and four defeats, with a goal difference of 5:9, which is 1.75 goals per contest on average. Efficiency is the biggest problem for the Saints, and although they have talented players in the midfield and attack, they just cannot score goals. Soutispton are without a loss to Newcastle in the previous six meetings, while they won the last four at St. Mary’s Stadium, so they should be considered as favorites. However, they lost three in a row at home and is not going to be easy for them when the Magpies come to the south.
Manolo Gabbiadini, Charlie Austin, and Shane Long combined for mere two goals so far, and that is the main reason why the Saints are in a mess, while Dusan Tadic, Steven Davis, and Nathan Redmond are not helping as well. The left-back Matt Targett is still out with an ankle injury and is not expected to participate on Sunday, while the rest of the squad is healthy and ready to go.
Rafa Benitez went through Pellegrino’s situation early in the season as his team couldn’t find a way to record a win, so the Spanish tactician was under a lot of heat. However, the experienced coach managed to record three English Premier League victories in a row and held Liverpool at St. James’ Park, so his job is not insecure anymore. The Magpies were very lucky to avoid defeat against the Reds, but they also had an opportunity to take all three points late in a tilt. Newcastle is currently in a respectable 9th place in the Premier League standings and will try to exploit Southampton’s weaknesses on Sunday, as well as a fact that Pellegrino must get a positive result.
Newcastle played eight games so far in the campaign, recording three wins, a draw, and four losses, with a goal difference of 9:9, which is 2.25 goals per contest on average. Taking Southampton’s goal-scoring record into consideration, we shouldn’t expect a bunch of goals here, but the Magpies will undoubtedly have their chances to score in case the Saints field an attacking formation in front of their own crowd. Newcastle scored only one goal away from St. James’ Park this season, but they allowed just two, so another tight affair could be on the cards.
The captain Jamaal Lascelles, the Spanish forward Joselu, and Aleksandar Mitrovic are the team’s leading scorers with a pair of goals each, while Matt Ritchie is dominating the assist chart with four dishes to his name. The defenders Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara are suffering from a thigh and knee injuries, respectively, and are out, while Christian Atsu is doubtful and might not be able to recover in time for Sunday’s tilt.
Southampton vs. Newcastle United – Match Prediction
Southampton failed to score in the previous three home games, and while Newcastle’s defense is not allowing plenty of goals, I think the hosts could finally score a couple, and eventually win all three points.
MY PICK: Southampton to win (-104)
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