Everton - Southampton Preview: Hosts have lost just one of their last 14 Premier League games
After differing results in the League Cup, the domestically high-flying Toffees welcome the Saints to Merseyside aiming to build on their superb start to the campaign
By Andy Sixsmith
Hibbert, Distin, Jagielka, Baines
Mirallas, Osman, Neville, Pienaar
Clyne, Fonte, Fox, Yoshida
Ramirez, S.Davis, Schneiderlin, Lallana
Everton boss David Moyes will make a raft of changes from the side that limped out of the League Cup on Wednesday.
Starters such as Phil Jagielka, Phil Neville and Steven Pienaar are all likely to come back into the first-team fold. Nikica Jelavic (knee) should feature after making his comeback from injury in the 2-1 loss to Leeds while Tony Hibbert (knock) should also return to first-team action for the clash with Southampton.
After making 10 changes for their League Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday, Nigel Adkins is expected to shuffle his Southampton pack again, re-introducing the team that shocked Aston Villa 4-1 last weekend.
Top goalscorer Rickie Lambert will lead the line again with key players, Morgan Schneiderlin and Jose Fonte returning.
But, youngster Jack Cork will be out for a minimum of six weeks after sustaining a knee injury during Tuesday’s cup tie.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Everton have won five and lost none of their last seven matches against Southampton at Goodison Park.
- The Toffees have hit the woodwork six times this season, more than any other team in the top flight.
- David Moyes’s side have fired in more shots than any other team in the Premier League (102).
- Everton have lost just one of their last 14 Premier League matches (W8 D5 L1).
- All five of the goals Everton have conceded have been shipped in the second half
- Southampton have allowed a joint-high 30 shots on target against them this season.
- The Saints have dropped a joint-league high six points from winning positions this season.
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Top 3 Predictions
Everton 2-0 Southampton
- 14.82 %
Everton 3-1 Southampton
- 12.11 %
Everton 1-2 Southampton
- 10.23 %
|Premier League (EPL)||29 Dec 2013||Everton 2 - Southampton 1|
|Premier League (EPL)||21 Jan 2013||Southampton 0 - Everton 0|
|Premier League (EPL)||29 Sep 2012||Everton 3 - Southampton 1|
|20 Apr 2014||Everton 2 - Manchester United 0||EPL|
|16 Apr 2014||Everton 2 - Crystal Palace 3||EPL|
|12 Apr 2014||Sunderland 0 - Everton 1||EPL|
|6 Apr 2014||Everton 3 - Arsenal FC 0||EPL|
|30 Mar 2014||Fulham 1 - Everton 3||EPL|
|6||Jose Rocha Fonte||Defender|
|21||Guilherme Do Prado||Midfielder|
Capable of being deployed in a wide range of positions from defensive midfield to forward, Fellaini has justified David Moyes’ faith in him, netting three times already this season and becoming a consistent tormentor to Premier League defences.
Everton will be hoping his aerial threat and ability to link midfield with attack almost seamlessly, will reap the rewards against Southampton on Saturday.
The 30-year-old has emphatically answered his detractors, plundering four goals in five Premier League appearances and continuing to be the focal point of Southampton attacks.
Southampton’s second-half comeback against Aston Villa was as hugely impressive as it was admirable, but David Moyes’ side are an entirely different prospect.
Much will depend on how the Saints backline deal with Marouane Fellaini and the returning Nikica Jelavic but with their defence creaking in recent weeks and history completely against them, it’s going to be a tough afternoon for Nigel Adkins’ side.