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Everton predicted lineup vs Brighton - Premier League

Max Parsons
Everton got a huge point at Chelsea last time out
Everton got a huge point at Chelsea last time out / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages
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Everton host Brighton on Sunday as the Toffees play their first fixture of the new year.

2021 ended in promising fashion for Rafael Benitez's side, as a defeat to Crystal Palace was sandwiched by a win over Arsenal before earning a point at Chelsea last time out.

Having not played since that night on 16 December (they've had three fixtures postponed consecutively), Everton welcome a Brighton side fresh from securing their own point at Stamford Bridge and who sit tenth in the table - five places above the Toffees having played a game more.

Here's how the hosts could shape up for this one.

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Jarrad Branthwaite, Mason Mount
Heroic last time out / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages

Jordan Pickford (GK) - Has started 16 of Everton's 17 league games so far this campaign (only missing one through injury) and will inevitably feature once more.

Seamus Coleman (RB) - Benitez will likely restore his back four having matched Chelsea with a five last time out, meaning a return for Coleman.

Jarrad Branthwaite (CB) - Earned his first Premier League start of the season last time out and, after his late equaliser against Chelsea in what was a sensational performance, should continue to deputise for the injured Yerry Mina.

Michael Keane (CB) - Hasn't missed a minute of league action for the Toffees this term and will continue at the heart of the back line.

Ben Godfrey (LB) - Lucas Digne's Everton career looks dead and buried, so we could see Godfrey play on the left once again.

2. Midfielders

Abdoulaye Doucoure
Abdoulaye Doucoure should start once more / Craig Mercer/MB Media/GettyImages

Allan (DM) - Returned to make the bench as his side travelled to Chelsea last time out but should be ready to regain his usual starting spot here.

Abdoulaye Doucoure (CM) - A typically dynamic and tenacious performance last time out will of course see one of Everton's key cogs start once more.

Andre Gomes (CM) - Should be able to play more to his strengths (in other words, actually seeing the ball) in this one than he did at Stamford Bridge.

3. Forwards

Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Everton have missed Calvert-Lewin / Jan Kruger/GettyImages

Anthony Gordon (RW) - Finally got his first Premier League goal involvement of the season as he set up Branthwaite's goal last time out - let's hope he can build on that now.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (ST) - The headline news for the Goodison faithful is that they should be able to open their arms wide and welcome back Calvert-Lewin to the front line.

Demarai Gray (LW) - Wasn't involved in Everton's previous outing but will certainly come back into the fold. With five goals and two assists to match his influential performances, £1.7m for the winger is looking increasingly like a steal.

You can read 90min's preview of Everton vs Brighton here.

You can read Brighton's predicted lineup here.

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