The Toffees started the season brightly enough, but Everton have won just one of their last six league matches and the storm clouds are gathering for Koeman following a dismal home defeat at the hands of Burnley before the international break; Everton can be backed at 13/10 (2.30) bet365 to relieve the pressure on their beleaguered boss with a vital victory on the south coast.
Brighton have made a decent start to the season and Chris Hughton's charges would, most certainly welcome another confidence-boosting win against the Toffees, with bet365 going 21/10 (3.10) that the Seagulls secure all three points and 23/10 (3.30) that both teams settle for a share of the spoils.
Even at this early stage of the season, this has the feel of a crucial clash and it is the type of match that Brighton must prosper in if they are to stand a realistic hope of preserving their Premier League status come the end of the campaign, while Everton would welcome a win of any nature given that they have picked up just three points from their last five league games.
Goals, however, may prove hard to come by when these two teams meet, for Brighton have scored just five goals so far this season and the Seagulls look likely to line up without a recognised striker for this match, with Tomer Hemed serving the second match of a three-game ban.
Everton, too, have lacked a cutting edge, with Koeman's men managing just four league goals this term; bet365, therefore, offer just 4/7 (1.57) that there are fewer than three goals scored in this game, while the same firm goes that 3/4 (1.75) that either team fails to find the net - that particular play would have landed in 10 of Everton's 14 matches in all competitions this season.
Brighton can be backed at 9/4 (3.25) with bet365 to crank up the pressure on Koeman by keeping a clean sheet, while the Toffees are chalked up at 13/8 (2.63) with the same firm to shut out the Seagulls; A home win to nil is available at 15/4 (4.75) with bet365, while the same firm go 13/5 (3.60) that it is Everton who win without conceding.
A tight tussle seems likely and the nerves are sure to be jangling with both teams in need of a big victory on the south coast; bet365's 4/7 (1.57) quote for fewer than three goals to be scored looks like a solid selection, but better value may lie in backing fewer than two goals to be scored at 13/8 (2.63) with the same firm.
The Seagulls have scored more than once in just one of their nine matches this season, while the Toffees have managed more than a solitary strike in just one league match so far this season; it is, therefore, bet365's 13/8 (2.63) quote for fewer than two goals to be scored that could see punters profit from Sunday's showdown.