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  • 29 December 2013
  • • 13:30
  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
  • • Attendance: 39092
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Everton 2.00 1.91 1.73 1.85
Draw 3.50 3.50 3.40 3.50
Southampton 4.50 4.20 4.00 4.50
Everton - Southampton Preview: Saints winless against hosts since 2002

Everton - Southampton Preview: Saints winless against hosts since 2002

Roberto Martinez's side suffered only their second defeat of the season last time out, while the south coast outfit ended a six-game winless streak with a 3-0 triumph over Cardiff

Resurgent Southampton will hope for more of the same when they travel to an Everton side rocked by their first home loss of the term.

Mauricio Pochettino's side won for the first time in seven Premier League outings on Boxing Day as they overturned Cardiff City 3-0 in what was ultimately Malky Mackay's last game at the Welsh club.

Southampton also kept a first clean sheet in 10 games in all competitions at the Cardiff City Stadium to boost their confidence ahead of Sunday's trip to Goodison Park, although Everton will be hoping to atone for their festive efforts.

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Roberto Martinez went into Thursday's clash with Sunderland as the only visiting manager to have won at Goodison in 2013, when he led Wigan to a 3-0 FA Cup triumph in March.

But the Spaniard could only watch in in frustration as his Everton side fell to defeat to the Premier League's bottom club courtesy of Ki Sung-Yueng's first-half penalty, which also resulted in Tim Howard's dismissal.

Joel Robles will start in place of the United States international, while a change in midfield will also be required after Gareth Barry picked up his fifth caution of the season against Sunderland.

And Martinez has challenged the players who are set to enter the fray to prove their first-team credentials.

He said: "Joel is a young man who has been very professional in waiting to help the team and now he has an opportunity to do that.

"The whole squad have been working with that mentality since day one - being ready and being supportive of each other and clearly we couldn't be happier with the goalkeepers in the team.

"In the same way, we are missing Gareth - another experienced footballer who has set high standards. We will miss him but it becomes an opportunity for someone else. And that's where you measure the success of a team over 10 months."

As well as the suspended duo, Everton are also without Gerard Deulofeu (hamstring) and Darron Gibson (knee), but Antolin Alcaraz is back to full fitness and Martinez retains hope of including Leighton Baines after a foot injury.

The sides last met on January 21 in Pochettino's first game after replacing Nigel Adkins at St Mary's Stadium, drawing 0-0, and Southampton have not beaten the Merseysiders since September 2002.

Morgan Schneiderlin misses out for the visitors through suspension, who are also without Artur Boruc (hand), Victor Wanyama (fractured leg) and Guly do Prado (knee).

Pochettino is hopeful, however, of having Dejan Lovren (illness), Nathaniel Clyne and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo back after spells on the sidelines.

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1JoelGoalkeeper
3Leighton BainesDefender
8Bryan OviedoMidfielder
15Sylvain DistinDefender
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32Antolín AlcarazDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
20Ross BarkleyMidfielder
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
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11Kevin MirallasStriker
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5Dejan LovrenDefender
6Jose Rocha FonteDefender
23Luke ShawDefender
8Steven DavisMidfielder
16James Ward-ProwseMidfielder
18Jack CorkDefender
20Adam LallanaMidfielder
22Calum ChambersMidfielder
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9Jay RodriguezStriker
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