James Rodríguez was figures after half and a half off the court. That was already more than happy news. But now the challenge is that, to that recognition, the three points are added, because against Crystal Palace the final balance was a draw (1-1) that knew little.
The Colombian is called upon to make a difference in a match that must be won in order not to fall down on the table and not to miss Tottenham’s puncture (he fell 1-3 against M. United). If he wins, he would add 50 units, he would surpass Mourinho’s (49), he would get four points from the Europa League (Chelsea, 54) and 5 from the coveted Champions League box (West Ham, 54).
It is clear to Brighton (position 16, 32 points), which understands that the favoritism at home will be that of the rival and knows what to take care of.
“They can score from wide combinations in the middle of the field, James Rodriguez has an incredible set ball, as does Sigurdsson. They have big, physical players who can attack and defend the area well,” said Graham Potter, Brighton coach.
That’s the concern, and the 19’s connection to Digne for his effective crosses or long passes to Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin. And they are just the weapons that Ancelotti hopes to harness.
Everton will be without the injured Pickford, Doucouré, Bernard, Delph and André Gomes, while Allan and Iwobi return.
Brighton: Sánchez; Veltman, White, Dunk; Bissouma, Lallana; Grob, Trossard, Moder; Maupay, Welbeck
Everton: Olsen; Mina, Kane, Holgate; Sigurdsson, Davies; Coleman, James, Digne; Calvert-lewin, Richarlison
Colombian time: 2:45 p.m.