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Brighton & Hove Albion v Everton

28th December 2018, 17:28 by Warren Ashurst

Brighton are expected to revert to their first-choice central defensive pairing for Saturday's home clash against Everton.

Following his red card against Bournemouth last Saturday, Lewis Dunk has served his one-game ban and looks set to come straight back into the starting XI against the Toffees.

The England international is likely to form his regular partnership with Shane Duffy, with Leon Balogun expected to drop out, as the Seagulls look to end a four-game winless run.

Chris Hughton though is without goalkeeper Mat Ryan, who is absent on international duty, with former Brentford man David Button set to replace him between the posts, while winger Jose Izquierdo remains sidelined by a knee injury.

Meanwhile, Everton report no fresh injury concerns ahead of their trip to the South Coast. Marco Silva could be tempted to stick with the same side that started the 5-1 win at Burnley, although Richarlison could return after coming off the bench to score the last goal at Turf Moor.

Silva says Ademola Lookman is back in training but not with the rest of squad, so it looks likely that the forward will play no part at the Amex Stadium.

Everton are unbeaten in their last five meetings with Brighton, including a 3-1 win at Goodison Park last month. This fixture last term ended in a 1-1 draw, with both goals coming in the last eight minutes.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Warren Ashurst is senior member of the team and has been working as a journalist for over 20 years. A massive football fan, he also has a depth of knowledge on golf, tennis, cricket and rugby.

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