GOING SOUTH: Everton European hopes at risk as they travel to Brighton
Carlo Ancelotti will hope his Everton side can keep their European football hopes alive as they travel to Brighton on Monday night.
Everton slipped up against Crystal Palace last weekend and conceded a late equaliser, dropping two points.
It leaves them eighth in the table, five points off the coveted fourth spot for Champions League qualification.
This trip to the south coast might be representative of Everton's season should they fail to win here.
Brighton are unbeaten in games against the Blues at the AMEX in the Premier League, winning two and drawing one.
Interestingly, the home team has won six of the seven league meetings between these two since they drew 1-1 in October 2017.
The highlight of Everton's season so far had been their away form until they lost 2-0 to Chelsea recently.
That ended a run nine games without a defeat away from home, of which they won seven.
Moody Monday's for Brighton could work provide an advantage for Everton
Brighton have won none of their Premier League games played on Mondays - drawing six and losing three.
It's the second consecutive Monday night game for the Blues but they'll want a better result in this one.
The game against Brighton could be the last opportunity for Everton to stay in the race for European football.
Everton will be delighted with continental fixtures next season as they brace for fans to return to stadiums.
By the time they play on Monday night, they'll know how results around them have panned out.
If the teams around them have all won, a win will be even more essential than it is already.
Kick-off is 8.15pm Monday night for Everton's trip down south - let's hope their season doesn't go south after it.
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