Paul Merson rips into Koeman's Everton, predicts more misery

Everton manager Ronald Koeman at a press conference at Goodison Park on July 10, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Paul Merson believes Brighton will beat Everton this weekend

Paul Merson answers questions during Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England.

Paul Merson has told SkySports he expects Brighton and Hove Albion to pile the misery on Everton this weekend.

The two teams face off on Sunday with the Seagulls sitting two places above the 16th placed Toffees in the Premier League table.

Brighton would settle for 14th place at the end of the season, but sitting in the bottom half of the table is unsatisfactory for Everton and manager Ronald Koeman is under serious pressure, with results in the Europa League poor too.

Ronald Koeman, Manager of Everton speaks to Wayne Rooney of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and AFC Bournemouth at Goodison Park on September 23, 2017 in Liverpool,...

Merson is tipping Brighton for a 2-1 victory, and had harsh words for Koeman's Everton.

He said: "I am not sure Everton players know what they are doing. I just think Ronald Koeman has to let the reins go and tell them to go out and play and express themselves.

"It looks nervy and nobody looks like they want to take a chance. They are struggling and don't look like they are together.

"Koeman is under massive pressure. I think Brighton will win this one."

Ronald Koeman, Manager of Everton shows appreciation to the fans after Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on May 12, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Everton were stunned in their last match by Burnley at Goodison Park, and have had to dwell on that for the last fortnight.

The international break may have done Everton good, but their main problem is a lack of a natural goalscorer, having blundered in the transfer window by overlooking it.

A loss against Brighton on top of their recent poor record would be disastrous for a side which came into the season fancying their chances of challenging for a Champions League place.

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