Everton have made a perfect three-game start to a Premier League (PL) campaign for the first time since 1993, with both teams scoring before the break (for a 2-1 HT scoreline in Everton’s favour) in two of those matches. After their 5-2 home victory over West Brom, Everton have also trailed at HT in just two of their last 20 home league games.
Since joining Everton in December, Carlo Ancelotti has lost just one home PL game (W5, D5, L1). Those home fixtures threw entertainment aplenty, with eight of the previous nine seeing both teams score. Furthermore, the ‘Blues’ have also allowed 9+ shots on their goal in seven of the previous eight such matches.
Brighton have outshot and had a greater share of possession than their opponents in each of their three PL matches, but won just one game (L2). They have, however, suffered no PL away defeat since February (W3, D5), although they won just two away league matches vs sides who finished above them last season (W2, D6, L6).
In addition to being historically winless at Everton (D2, L6), Brighton have conceded the game’s opening goal in the 25th-45th minute segment in each of their previous two visits to Goodison. That said, Graham Potter’s side have scored six of their previous eight away league goals (vs all opponents) before the 31st minute.
Players to watch: Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the first player to score hat-tricks in consecutive home games under Ancelotti since Cristiano Ronaldo in 2014. James Rodriguez played in all four matches.
Brighton’s Neal Maupay has scored three times across his previous two PL matches, and two of those efforts arrived in the opening ten minutes.
Hot stat: Going back to 2014, Everton have won their first home league game of October in four of the last six seasons, consistently doing so with a clean sheet and a 2+ goal margin.