Brighton and Hove Albion v Everton

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Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton says he believes Everton boss Ronald Koeman can handle the pressure, ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash at Amex Stadium.

Both sides have struggled at the start of the campaign and are on seven points-a-piece in the bottom half of the table. A plus point for Brighton is they have won three games in a row at home, while Everton are winless in five league games away from Goodison Park.

Nonetheless, with pressure mounting on Koeman after some major spending ahead of the 2017/18 season, Hughton takes the view that the Dutchman can handle the scrutiny and get his team ready.

He told reporters, "Any team, particularly a top team that have spent well, there is always pressure on managers. But he (Ronald Koeman) is an outstanding manager and is big enough to cope with any pressure coming his way."

Meanwhile, the Toffees mentor says he is focused on his role and is not considering the vacant Holland job. He said, "We have other business to do at Everton. We need to win and we need to change our situation and our position in the table and that starts on Sunday. That's the priority for me for the long term."  

In team news, Davy Propper is fit despite a hip concerns that caused him to miss the Netherlands' win against Sweden earlier this week. In addition, Tomer Hemed is banned, while Sam Baldock and Beram Kayal are out.

For the visitors, Phil Jagielka could return after recovering from a hamstring injury. Yannick Bolasie, Ross Barkley, Seamus Coleman, Aaron Lennon and Ramiro Funes Mori are longer term absentees.

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