The Saints are in better form!

Last updated: April 14, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Goodison Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DLLWL
Away form: WLWWD
Last season: 1-0
Competition: The Premier League

Southampton smashed Newcastle United 3-1 in the previous Premier League round. Shane Long humiliated the Magpies defence in the 4th minute. Then, Graziano Pelle and Victor Wanyama finished Newcastle off, scoring the second and the third goals of the game. With the victory, The Saints are now just 2 points below 6th place in The Premier League. But, when Southampton are the visiting team, they have only won 5 of 16 matches, scoring just 13 goals.

The Toffees couldn’t record a victory in their last league match. They finished with a draw (1-1) against Watford at Vicarage Road. Everton have recorded only 1 victory in their last 6 Premier League matches, so Roberto Martinez’ players are not in good shape. They will surely struggle against a motivated Saints.

But, Southampton have won only 5 of 38 matches at Goodison Park. Furthermore, The Toffees have won 4 consecutive home games against Ronald Koeman’s players. The last time The Saints won an away match against Everton was on 2nd November 1997 (2-0). Since then, The Toffees have recorded 8 victories and 2 draws against Southampton.

Team News

Steven Davis of Southampton received an ankle injury in the match against Leicester. He will be sidelined for the upcoming fixture.

Steven Pienaar is injured again for The Toffees. The South African has appeared on 3 occasions in The Premier League this season.

Leon Osman, Darron Gibson, Tyias Browning and Tony Hibbert are also sidelined for Everton. Tyias Browning is suffering from a knee injury.

The Romanian international defender Florin Gardos is still suffering from a knee injury. He is still waiting for his first Premier League match this season.

Quotes of the week

Roberto Martinez Roberto Martinez (Everton) : “You need to be very consistent as a manager and work under the demands this position requires. There is nothing different to what I have done in last seven seasons.”

ronald koeman is not pleased Ronald Koeman (Southampton) : “One of the problems you see now in football is there is not enough communication on the pitch.”

Expected line-ups:

Everton (4-2-3-1): Robles, Coleman, Baines, Jagielka, Ramiro Mori, Barry, Deulofeu, McCarthy, Barkley, Lennon, Lukaku.
Subs Howard, Oviedo, Kone, Niasse, Stones, Cleverley, Mirallas.
Injured: Hibbert, Browning, Gibson, Pienaar, Osman.
Not available:
Southampton (3-5-1-1): Forster, van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand, Wanyama, Tadic, Targett, Clasie, Mane, Long, Pelle.
Subs Yoshida, Stekelenburg, Oriol Romeu, Austin, Juanmi, Ward-Prowse, Soares.
Injured: Gardos, Davis.
Not available:

So far this season

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Everton this season Southampton this season
14 League Position 7
4 (5) (at home) Wins (away) 9 (5)
6-2 vs. Sunderland Biggest win 4-0 vs. Arsenal
4 (8) (at home) Draws (away) 3 (5)
8 (2) (at home) Losses (away) 5 (6)
0-3 to Manchester United Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Everton
Lukaku (18) Top scorer Pelle (10)
Deulofeu (8) Assist Leader Tadic, Mane (6)
Y37, R3 Discipline Y50, R6
8 Failures to score 10
7 Clean Sheets 12
18 Both Teams to Score Games 14
17 Over 2.5 Games 15
14 Under 2.5 Games 18
  • Everton failed to score in 2 of their last 3 Premier League games at Goodison Park. The Toffees lost all of these matches, conceding 6 goals in total.
  • Southampton have kept a clean sheet in 3 of their last 6 visits in the league. But The Saints lost 2 of their last 3 matches away from The St. Mary’s Stadium.
  • The Toffees won the first match of the season against Southampton 3-0 away from home. Romelu Lukaku scored twice and Barkley found the net once.
  • Roberto Martinez’ players have won only 4 of 16 games at Goodison Park in The Premiership this season. They have lost 8 of these matches.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
15/08/15 The Premier League Southampton 0-3 Everton R. Lukaku 22′
04/04/15 The Premier League Everton 1-0 Southampton P. Jagielka 16′
20/12/14 The Premier League Southampton 3-0 Everton R. Lukaku (OG) 38′
26/04/14 The Premier League Southampton 2-0 Everton A. Alcáraz (OG) 1′
29/12/13 The Premier League Everton 2-1 Southampton S. Coleman 9′