Brighton & Hove Albion

Everton travel to Brighton this weekend. Let’s have a look at The Seagull’s set up:

  1. Brighton are a compact side
  2. Keeper, Mat Ryan will play out from the back when he can
  3. The centre halves prefer to shuffle it wide to full backs
  4. The full backs are not overly aggressive in getting forward. They will try and feed Pascal Groß and Solly March.
  5. The whole team circulate the ball well in their own half but don’t carry this forward into oppo territory
  6. Dale Stephens is the midfield hub. His main concentration is ferrying it wide to the full backs. He does this as efficiently as anyone in the league right now.
  7. Groß will come central to receive but his dangerous work is from wider areas. He is more patient than March who is more likely to sling it into the box
  8. Brighton don’t create much in open play but are dangerous at corners. Watch Dunk, Duffy and Stephens find space.
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Everton v Burnley – Micro Preview

On the face of it, Burnley’s deep set defence should cause chance creation crocks Everton problems this afternoon. But I’m starting with a positive:

Burnley’s keepers Tom Heaton and Nick Pope have been massively overperforming so far this season. Burnley generally get bombarded by shots each week but their two shot stoppers have stood pretty firm. Below you’ll see the graphic showing all the possible outcomes of this according to my xG model. At some point, they’ll regress back to human levels:

Moving on to some concerns, then…

Ronald Koeman: “It is about giving the players options but we are scared to play forward. Sometimes there are not enough options for the forwards but in that case play the ball into the channels instead of the goalkeeper. We know the fans like us to go forward, not back, back, back. Then it is difficult to create chances.

Ok, so I cut some tape from the first 4 minutes of the Bournemouth game last week. This is what it looked like:


Enjoy the game, people, whatever happens.

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