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Hello and welcome to coverage from the Amex Stadium as Brighton host Everton.
Brighton boss Graham Potter regards Carlo Ancelotti as one of football’s great coaches and expects Everton to become stronger and stronger under his leadership.
The experienced Italian has the Toffees in contention for European qualification but will be seeking a reaction to a three-game winless run.
Potter, who needs points to ease the Seagulls’ Premier League relegation concerns, is full of admiration for his rival manager and feels he has the Merseyside club moving in the right direction.
“He’s worked at the very, very highest level and done everything you can in the game,” said Potter.
“He’s followed some big coaches into some big clubs.
“He does it all in his own way, he has a quiet leadership but just a really, really impressive character who’s had a huge influence on modern football and will go down as one of the great coaches. Everton have invested well because they have big ambition.
“That doesn’t mean to say it’s a straightforward job for Carlo because he’s still got to organise things but I think he’s done it well since he’s been there and I think they’ll get stronger and stronger as long as he’s there.”
Everton will be without Jean-Philippe Gbamin for tonight’s clash after sustaining a knee injury in training.
The Ivorian has played only three games and made one start since joining Everton in 2019 from Bundesliga side Mainz 05 for 25 million euros.
After missing most of his first season with a hamstring injury sustained in his second game for the club, he ruptured his Achilles tendon last May and was out for a further 11 months.
He finally returned to the pitch as a late substitute in last week’s 1-1 draw at home to Crystal Palace.
But his comeback was shortlived, with coach Carlo Ancelotti revealing the 25-year-old had sustained a contact injury in training over the weekend and would undergo a scan on Tuesday.