Both Southampton and Everton will be desperate for a morale-boosting victory when they come face-to-face at St Mary’s Stadium for Sunday’s Premier League clash.
A 3-0 defeat at Liverpool last weekend means the Saints have lost four times and won just once in seven fixtures, but they are 17/20 (1.75) favourites with Betfair Sportsbook to bounce back by coming out on top against more Merseyside opposition.
Meanwhile, David Unsworth’s men were thrashed 5-1 at home by Atalanta in Thursday’s Europa League clash, and are on offer at 18/5 (4.60) to put that behind them with a much-needed victory here.
Just one of the last eight encounters between these sides has resulted in a draw, but there are odds of 12/5 (3.40) available on them cancelling each other out on this occasion.
Although he oversaw a creditable eighth-place finish in the league and led the club to a first cup final in 14 years, Claude Puel was dismissed largely due to his side’s uninspiring form in front of goal – particularly at home.
However, while the team failed to score in six of the Frenchman’s final seven matches in charge at St Mary’s, matters have hardly improved under his successor Mauricio Pellegrino.
Having found the net in just six of their eight home fixtures this campaign, the hosts will clearly not be going into this clash full of confidence in front of goal but they should also not be too concerned about matters at the other end of the pitch - considering the Toffees have hit the net in only three of their last eight away games in all competitions.
Indeed, the visitors have failed to score in eight of their last 12 trips to this stadium, including four of the most recent five.
All things considered, odds of 4/5 (1.80) seem too good to pass up on at least one of the sides failing to find the net for the seventh time in eight encounters between Southampton and Everton.