Preview: Brighton look to extend unbeaten run as they host Everton

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Brighton & Hove Albion are set to host Everton at The People’s Pension Stadium on Sunday afternoon. 

The Seagulls will be heading into this match very confidently given their recent performances and form. Hope Powell’s side have won every game since that impressive victory over Chelsea at the beginning of February. 

Brighton & Hove Albion are in a comfortable sixth place in the table, having earned 21 points out of 17 games currently four points below their opponents.   

Across Brighton’s first 49 games in the Women’s Super League, they have never managed to win consecutive matches, but have since won four in a row. (Stats via OptaJoe)

Opposition

Everton have had a mixed run of results since winning their first four league matches of this season. 

Out of their last 13 games, they have only managed to secure three victories. This run also includes four draws and six defeats. The Toffees latest defeat came against the champions Chelsea at home March 17th, in which they conceded three goals. 

Willie Kirk’s side last two wins in the WSL have come away from home. After beating Spurs in February and Birmingham City earlier this month at St George’s Park. 

Everton haven’t had a run of three successive away wins in the competition since August 2012. (Stats via OptaJoe

Previous Meetings

There has been a total of five previous encounters between the two sides in the WSL. Brighton have only had one victory over Everton. There has been a total of three draws and one defeat along the way.

However the Seagulls did beat Everton last time the fixture was played at home, back in February 2020. A goal scored by Aileen Whelan secured all three points that day.

Throughout the five occasions these two sides have played each other there have been more than 10 goals scored, with young forward Ellie Brazil holding the top scorer title with two.

Ones To Watch

Brighton & Hove Albion

(Photo courtesy of Brighton & Hove Albion Women’s official Twitter account)

Inessa Kaagman made the switch from Merseyside to the south coast back in the summer of July 2020 after signing a one-year contract. Since then she has gone on to start all 17 matches this season under new manager Powell. 

The Dutch midfielder is Brighton’s top scorer this season with six goals, three of those have come from the penalty spot. 

The 24-year-old has had the most shots on target compared to her teammates with 13, which could be crucial in helping her side close the gap on their opponents and secure their status in the league.  

Everton

(Photo by Nina Farooqi/@beanhive)

Hayley Raso has appeared in all 17 games including 12 starts this season as Everton sit in a comfortable fifth position.

Recently, Raso has been challenged on her adaptability skills. In the previous two matches she has been filling in for injured teammate Dan Turner at full-back. Her versatility has shown massively as she has put in some very impressive performances against the top sides. 

The Australia international has only featured on the score-sheet twice this campaign but has provided a strong attacking threat with her pace and combination play with Danish winger Nicoline Sorensen. 

She has also come up with two assists this season, including one in Everton’s recent 4-0 victory over Birmingham City. In which she assisted England international Jill Scott for her second toffees goal since her loan move.

Managers’ notes on recent TV deal

Powell has described the recent announcement of a new broadcast deal for women’s football – coming into place next year – as a “real water-shed moment”. She also adds “it’s a fantastic opportunity to grow the game and showcase the sport”.

Wille Kirk says the new TV contract “could be huge” for the game. He hopes that this new deal can help transform and have the same effect on the WSL as it did many years ago when Sky Sports first aired the Premier League. He would also like to see the TV package attract more players to the league. 

Where to watch

Brighton & Hove Albion subscribers can watch the game on My Albion TV from 12:30pm (UK subscribers only). Others can catch the game live on the FA Player.

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