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Brighton edge towards safety with Everton draw


Neal Maupay's shot is deflected wide
Neal Maupay had two of the game’s best chances

Brighton edged a point closer to Premier League safety with a goalless draw against Everton at Amex Stadium.

The Seagulls climbed a place to 15th after the low-key encounter – seven points clear of 18th-placed Fulham who have played a game more.

Brighton pushed for a winner late on but Neal Maupay lashed an effort over from 10 yards and Lewis Dunk had a header tipped over the bar.

The point did little for Everton’s hopes of Champions League qualification with Carlo Ancelotti’s side seven points adrift of fourth-placed West Ham with a game in hand.

They were without striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin because of injury and did not force Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez into a save until the 71st minute.

Brighton closing in on survival

A win would have all-but secured another Premier League season for Brighton but a point was a decent enough result.

They offered almost all of the game’s attacking intent but, once again, were left rueing their lack of a clinical presence up front.

Of their 23 shots, Maupay had their two best chances. Had he shown more composure with a first-half effort that was deflected wide or later in the second half the three points would have gone to Graham Potter’s side.

Still, they have taken seven points from their past four games and have moved clear of trouble. One more win and they will surely be safe.

Injury-hit Everton’s season is stalling

Everton started bright enough but regressed, severely lacking the focal point of their top scorer Calvert-Lewin, who was ruled out with an abductor issue.

They lacked creativity and were sloppy, with manager Ancelotti looking increasingly frustrated as the ball was repeatedly given away.

Alex Iwobi flashed a shot over in stoppage time but it would have been an unjust victory had the ball crept below the crossbar.

A lengthening injury list, worsened when Yerry Mina limped off in the second half, saw defender Mason Holgate start in central midfield and seven members of an eight-man substitutes bench having just two Premier League appearances between them.

The loss of important players is a clear factor in a season that is stalling badly.

A Champions League place looked a real possibility a five weeks ago – the Toffees were fifth, a point behind fourth-placed Chelsea with a game in hand – but Everton have now gone five games without a win in all competitions for the first time since December 2018 under Marco Silva.

50 up for Ancelotti at Goodison – the best stats

  • Against no side have Brighton played more home Premier League games without ever losing than against Everton (P4 W2 D2).
  • Only Manchester United (6) have drawn more Premier League matches 0-0 than Brighton (5) this season, while this was Everton’s first goalless draw of the campaign, leaving Sheffield United as the only side still yet to play out a 0-0 draw.
  • Brighton have kept a clean sheet in five of their eight home Premier League matches in 2021 – no side has kept more home shutouts in the competition since the turn of the year.
  • Carlo Ancelotti became the seventh manager to take charge of 50 Premier League games for Everton, with none of those seven bosses losing their 50th league match in charge of the Toffees (W4 D3). Indeed, only Roberto Martinez (89 pts) has won more points from his first 50 Premier League games in charge of Everton than Carlo Ancelotti (78 pts).
  • Ancelotti has picked up 78 points from his 50 Premier League games in charge of Everton, his lowest return after 50 league matches in charge of a side during his managerial career (previously 89 with AC Milan).
  • Everton have won just 25% of their games without Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the Premier League this season (P4 W1 D1 L2), compared to a 50% win rate when he has been involved (P26 W13 D5 L8).

What’s next?

Brighton’s next game is on Tuesday, 20 April against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (20:00 BST), while Everton host Tottenham on Friday (20:00 BST).

More to follow.

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Brighton & Hove Albion

  1. Squad number26Player nameSánchez

  2. Squad number3Player nameWhite

  3. Squad number5Player nameDunk

  4. Squad number34Player nameVeltman

  5. Squad number13Player nameGroß

  6. Squad number14Player nameLallana

  7. Squad number8Player nameBissouma

  8. Squad number15Player nameModer

  9. Squad number11Player nameTrossard

  10. Squad number18Player nameWelbeck

  11. Squad number9Player nameMaupay

  1. Squad number16Player nameJahanbakhsh

  2. Squad number33Player nameBurn

Everton

  1. Squad number33Player nameOlsen

  2. Squad number23Player nameColeman

  3. Squad number22Player nameGodfrey

  4. Squad number13Player nameMina

  5. Squad number5Player nameKeane

  6. Squad number12Player nameDigne

  7. Squad number26Player nameDavies

  8. Squad number4Player nameHolgate

  9. Squad number10Player nameG Sigurdsson

  10. Squad number19Player nameRodríguez

  11. Squad number7Player nameRicharlison

  1. Squad number17Player nameIwobi

  2. Squad number34Player nameBroadhead

Line-ups

Brighton

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 26Sánchez
  • 3White
  • 5DunkBooked at 52mins
  • 34Veltman
  • 13Groß
  • 14Lallana
  • 8Bissouma
  • 15ModerSubstituted forBurnat 87′minutes
  • 11Trossard
  • 18Welbeck
  • 9MaupaySubstituted forJahanbakhshat 87′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Webster
  • 10Mac Allister
  • 16Jahanbakhsh
  • 17Alzate
  • 19Izquierdo
  • 23Steele
  • 24Pröpper
  • 29Zeqiri
  • 33Burn

Everton

Formation 5-3-2

  • 33Olsen
  • 23Coleman
  • 22Godfrey
  • 13MinaSubstituted forIwobiat 58′minutes
  • 5KeaneBooked at 82mins
  • 12Digne
  • 26DaviesSubstituted forBroadheadat 88′minutes
  • 4HolgateBooked at 90mins
  • 10G Sigurdsson
  • 19Rodríguez
  • 7Richarlison

Substitutes

  • 17Iwobi
  • 18Nkounkou
  • 31Neves Virgínia
  • 34Broadhead
  • 48John
  • 53Tyrer
  • 60Price
  • 64Welch

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