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Everton 4-2 Brighton: James Rodriguez nets twice with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Yerry Mina on target

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Is it too early to call Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton title contenders? It’s not just the record that impresses, seven out of seven in all competitions scoring 24 goals, but the balance and conviction in their play.

Skipper Seamus Coleman is rolling back the years, Yerry Mina and Michael Keane were strong at the back with Ben Godfrey about to arrive from Norwich, and further forward Dominic Calvert-Lewis and James Rodriguez look like creating and scoring every time they touch the ball.

Calvert-Lewin’s early header, reminiscent of his mentor Duncan Ferguson, was his ninth goal in six games this term. As for Ham-ez, he has added a wow factor since arriving from Real Madrid.

James Rodriguez scored his second and third Everton goals as the hosts downed Brighton

James Rodriguez scored his second and third Everton goals as the hosts downed Brighton

The Colombian playmaker arrived inside the box to slot Alex Iwobi's delivery past Mat Ryan

The Colombian playmaker arrived inside the box to slot Alex Iwobi’s delivery past Mat Ryan

James' first helped restore the home side's two-goal cushion and extended their flying form

James’ first helped restore the home side’s two-goal cushion and extended their flying form

On Saturday he scored twice and set one up for Colombian World Cup team-mate Mina. Evertonians denied a chance of seeing their new hero live will be relishing the prospect of watching him from Gwladys Street End. He’ll receive some reception.

It’s the first time Everton have won their first four league games since 1969/70, when they finished champions.

Not until the fifth fixture, a Merseyside derby against Liverpool, can we properly determine Everton’s true chances but unfortunately England No 1 Jordan Pickford looks their weakest link at the moment.

He dropped a clanger to gift Neal Maupay an undeserved Brighton equaliser after 41 minutes and he’ll be relieved his team-mates firepower at the other end ensured it wasn’t costly. 

Rodriguez celebrated his second goal of the clash on 70 minutes with another simple tap-in

Rodriguez celebrated his second goal of the clash on 70 minutes with another simple tap-in

Abdoulaye Doucoure lofted the ball across for his team-mate to gratefully rifle home again

Abdoulaye Doucoure lofted the ball across for his team-mate to gratefully rifle home again

Dominic Calvert-Lewin netted his sixth league goal of the season after heading in a cross

Dominic Calvert-Lewin netted his sixth league goal of the season after heading in a cross

MATCH FACTS 

Everton (4-1-4-1): Pickford 4.5: Coleman 8 (Delph 58 6), Keane 6.5, Mina 7, Digne 6; Davies 6.5; Rodriguez 8.5 (Walcott 78 6), Sigurdsson 7, Doucoure 7, Richarlison 6 (Iwobi 25 7); Calvert-Lewin 7.5

Subs unused: Lossl (Gk), Bernard, Gordon, Nkounkou

Goals: Calvert-Lewin 16, Mina 45, Rodriguez 52 & 70

Brighton (3-4-3): Ryan 7; White 5.5, Dunk 7, Webster 6; Lamptey 7 (Veltman 45 6), Bissouma 6.5, Alzate 6 (Alzate 82), March 5.5; Trossard 6, Connolly 5.5 (Lallana 66 6), Maupay 6.5

Subs unused: Steele (Gk), Burn, Mac Allister, Bernardo

Goals: Maupay 41, Bissouma 90

Booked: Alzate

Referee: Simon Hooper 6 

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Gareth Southgate is loyal to his man on the international stage but neither he nor Ancelotti can ignore repeated mistakes forever.

Not surprisingly, the Everton boss is thrilled overall to be top of the table.

‘We are really pleased for the start, winning games, showing quality. We have to come back from the international break with the same spirit, he said.

‘Our attacking was good. We defended well with the low block. We played a complete game.’

On Pickford, he added: ‘He did a mistake but nothing happened. We have three points more. This is the most important part.’

The young Everton frontman rose highest at the far post to emphatically power home his effort

The young Everton frontman rose highest at the far post to emphatically power home his effort

Another horror mistake from Jordan Pickford handed Brighton a route back into the fixture

Another horror mistake from Jordan Pickford handed Brighton a route back into the fixture

Brighton had hit the woodwork five times in their previous game against Manchester United last weekend but there was no way way this beating could be deemed unlucky.

Mat Ryan was called into action to deny Seamus Coleman and Dominic Calvert-Lewin even before Everton’s No9 deservedly headed his side in front after 16 minutes with his ninth goal of the season.

Gylfi Sigurdsson was the provider with a brilliant cross from the byline and Calvert-Lewin capitalised on a slip from marker Ben White to hang in the air brilliantly and nod home.

The finish underlined his current confidence following a first England call up from Gareth Southgate.

The Everton goalkeeper dropped a simple cross at the feet of Neal Maupay - who tucked home

The Everton goalkeeper dropped a simple cross at the feet of Neal Maupay – who tucked home

Maupay could not believe his luck after controlling the ball and firing in an equaliser

Maupay could not believe his luck after controlling the ball and firing in an equaliser

Carlo Ancelotti was left irritated on the touchline after watching his side pegged back

Carlo Ancelotti was left irritated on the touchline after watching his side pegged back

Everton received a setback when Richarlison hobbled off following a meaty challenge by Tariq Lamptey.

But Brighton’s unexpected equaliser after 41 minutes was entirely the fault of Pickford, who has come under scrutiny for a few mistakes this season.

Lamptey’s deep cross was volleyed into the ground by Leandro Trossard and the England goalkeeper should have caught the ball as it bounced up.

Whether due to a lack of concentration, persistent rain or a lack of extra height, Pickford allowed the tame effort to slip out of his hands and Maupay was in the right place to swivel and score from six yards, his sharp finish finally crossing the line between Michael Keane’s legs. 

Yerry Mina diverted in a header of his own in first-half stoppage time to restore Everton's lead

Yerry Mina diverted in a header of his own in first-half stoppage time to restore Everton’s lead

Mina celebrated with compatriot Rodriguez after the playmaker whipped in a pinpoint cross

Mina celebrated with compatriot Rodriguez after the playmaker whipped in a pinpoint cross

It was the visitor’s first shot on target and marked Maupay’s fourth goal in four games.

Everton could have moped having dominated the game but instead they showed character to retake the lead in first-half injury-time.

Skipper Seamus Coleman won a free-kick and from there the goal was made in Colombia. Rodriguez curled an excellent free-kick into the danger zone and Mina powered in a header.

Everton started the second half fast as well. Calvert-Lewin had a shot charged down before he turned provider for Everton’s third goal with the move of the match after 52 minutes.

He played in Alex Iwobi whose cutback to Rodrguez was dispatched by the Colombian, who arced his body brilliantly to connect with a half-volley. 

Yves Bissouma lashed in a late consolation for Brighton after taking the ball down superbly

Yves Bissouma lashed in a late consolation for Brighton after taking the ball down superbly

Ancelotti is in danger of spoiling the reputation that Italians have for being defensive managers.

Everton looked as if they could score every time they broke forward and added a fourth when Rodriguez kept his eye on the ball and sidefooted Abdoulaye Doucoure’s pull-back.

‘We were disappointed with the goals we conceded. We contributed to our own problems today and that’ s not a good thing against a team of Everton’s quality,’ said Brighton boss Graham Potter, whose team have had beastly fixture list so far having already faced Chelsea and Manchester United.

Rodriguez wasn’t given the chance of a hat-trick, making way for Theo Walcott 12 minutes from the end, and Brighton surprisingly completed the scoring with a thunderbolt from Yves Bissouma. This time Pickford was blameless. 

Sportsmail‘s KISHAN VAGHELA provided live coverage of the clash from Goodison Park…

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Wolves host Crystal Palace in Friday night Premier League action at Molineux Stadium, with the winner going joint-top of England’s top-flight tonight.  

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were pegged back in dramatic fashion in their last match against Newcastle thanks to Jacob Murphy’s last-gasp free-kick. Wolves will be hoping to put the record straight following the dismal 1-1 draw on Friday night. 

Roy Hodgson’s Eagles, meanwhile, are in good spirits after ending their three-match winless run with a 2-1  win away at Fulham last weekend. Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has scored in each of his last two games and will be hoping for a third this evening. 

Sportsmail’s SAM BLITZ will provide live EPL coverage of Wolves vs Crystal Palace including score, lineups and updates. 

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Racing Point suffer SEVEN positive coronavirus tests since F1 season started including Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll

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RACING POINT say they have had SEVEN positive cases of Covid-19 since the F1 season started.

The Formula One team’s high number of cases were revealed by their principal Otmar Szafnauer.

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Speaking at a new’s conference today he said: “Two drivers and a team owner and a handful of other people that were tested at the factory and that’s it – in total seven.”

Szafnauer also says that they had four other cases within the team.

He continued: “So there’s four further ones. They range from people in our marketing department, riggers, laminators, only seven in total. 

“But we’re not going to say who it is, we’ve got to respect their confidentiality.”

But he wanted to make it clear that no engineers had been infected and was keen to keep the identities of the affected anonymous.

He added: “We had no engineers, I said that last week and will say it again – I don’t know where, why and how people think we had a positive test with an engineer – no engineer has tested positive.

“We don’t name people for obvious reasons as to who tested positive and we don’t name their roles either, because then you can pick out who it is. 

“We’ve got to respect their own confidentiality, they don’t want everybody to know. The FIA doesn’t say either and we report to the FIA.

Szafnauer’s claims that no engineer had tested positive were conflicted by team driver Sergio Perez.

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Perez confirmed that two staff members who worked on his car – including one mechanic – were positive.

He said: “We had the, I think, two members in my car. This virus can get very serious, so for me, the most important was to have them back fully recovered. 

“They are back, both of my guys, and that was the most important thing.”

It is understood that they missed the Eifel GP at the Nurburgring, which is the the same weekend that both Lance Stroll and his father Lawrence returned positive tests.

Perez has also had the virus, which he contracted when he visited his mum in Mexico, forcing him to miss the two Silverstone races earlier this year.

Speaking on his experience he said: “It was a very unfortunate situation when that happened.”

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7pm Chelsea news LIVE: Werner finding Premier League ‘tough’, Thiago set to play Burnley, Ziyech stars in CL

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CHELSEA were emphatic winners in the Champions League in midweek – and continue their Premier League journey against Burnley this weekend.

Timo Werner is reportedly finding the league ‘tough’ compared to the Bundesliga, while we’ve the very latest on team news ahead of the trip to Turf Moor.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

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