• Albion Aim For Amex Hat-trick

    Out of sorts Everton arrive at the Amex to face the Seagulls who are looking to make it three straight Premier League wins on home turf.

    After West Brom were despatched in convincing style, fellow top flight newcomers Newcastle were edged out by a Tomer Hemed goal in a tight contest to make it two home victories on the bounce for the Seagulls.

    Despite a run of opening fixtures that has included facing four of the expected Premier League title contenders, Everton fans would not have expected to be arriving in Sussex with their side below Chris Hughton’s, if only by goal difference.

    Toffees boss Ronald Koeman spent big in the Summer although, like his counterpart in the Albion dugout, the search for a new striker ultimately proved fruitless.

    Olivier Giroud was one name connected with a move to Merseyside, and had the Frenchman made the move North it may have triggered the release of outcast Omar Niasse.

    Albion had been linked with the Senegalese hitman although as the madness of deadline day progressed a move to rivals Crystal PaLLLLLLLace looked more likely.

    With Everton unable to land any of their targets, Niasse has become an unlikely focal point for koeman’s side, netting three times from two substitute appearances. These goals earned Him a first ever start for Everton in the last round of Premier League fixtures.

    However a 1-0 defeat to Burnley at Goodison Park added to the pressure building on Koeman who, this week, has been linked with the position of next Holland manager.

    Current boss Dick Advocat is expected to step down following a disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign that saw the Dutch fail to make it to Russia. Koeman distanced hinsrlelf from the post, insisting Everton are his long-.term priority.

    Koeman is the current bookies’ favourite to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job, and a defeat on Sunday at the Amex will intensify speculation surrounding his position.

    Brighton are 9/4 for a victory on 888sport and those odds may tempt a few Albion fans to back their side to get the win that would move the Seagulls’ points tally in to double figures.

    With fixtures against fellow bottom-half sides West Ham, Southampton, Swansea, Stoke and Crystal PaLLLLLLLace to follow, the Autumn is shaping up to be a key period for Albion.