The Everton fans are far from confident in the Transfer Tavern ahead of their clash with Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday afternoon.
Sam Allardyce welcomes Chris Hughton and his Brighton side to Goodison Park tomorrow afternoon for a fixture which could all but secure the Premier League status of either side. Both of the side’s go into the fixture on 34 points with the knowledge that a victory would leave them just 3 points shy of the magic 40-point mark they are both striving to reach this season.
Everton go into their home fixture on the back of their 5th straight away defeat, whilst Brighton arrive on Merseyside full of confidence after recording a 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the Amex last Sunday. The resident Toffees propping up our bar were absolutely incensed by their side’s shambolic defensive performance at Burnley last weekend where Ashley Williams and Michael Keane were given the runaround by a tireless Ashley Barnes.
Allardyce has built his reputation in English football based on his ability make his side’s difficult to beat, but based on the glaring defensive frailties that revealed themselves at Turf Moor last weekend, it seems he has failed to sprinkle his no-nonsense magic on the club just yet.
That notion should give the travelling Seagulls contingent plenty of confidence heading into their fixture tomorrow afternoon, as the form of Jose Izquierdo (valued at £12.6 million by Transfermarkt) combined with Everton’s defensive woes suggests they have a fantastic opportunity to come away from Goodison Park with all three points.
Izquierdo has consistently proven to be a menacing prospect for Premier League defenders this year with his direct mentality and dazzling dribbling ability. The Colombian international has also demonstrated his ability to strike a ball from distance to devastating effect on more than one occasion this season, so it’s vital that the Everton defenders refuse to allow him time and space to pick his spot from outside the penalty area.
The 25-year-old wide player boasts a modest return of 4 goals and 3 assists from his 24 appearances in the Premier League so far this season, but he could be set to add to that tally tomorrow afternoon if Everton’s defenders fail to improve on the abysmal performance they displayed against Burnley last weekend.