Match Preview: Southampton vs Everton

By SFC Media Sat 26 Nov Saints vs Everton

We get you set for Southampton's hosting of Everton, in the Premier League, with our comprehensive match preview.

What’s at stake?

Saints will be looking to push on from picking up a point against Everton’s rivals Liverpool following a goalless draw with the former league leaders last weekend.

Claude Puel’s side were defeated on Thursday night in the Europa League, but must dust themselves down quickly as they prepare for another busy week of action in both the Premier League and EFL Cup.

Southampton start the weekend in eleventh position in the Premier League, and could climb as high as ninth if they take three points.

While visitors Everton began the campaign in good form with four wins from five games, they have won just one of their last seven Premier League matches.

Last weekend’s late draw against Swansea avoided what would have been back-to-back defeats for the Toffees who were hammered 5-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge before the international break.

Team news

Southampton: Dušan Tadić is likely to miss this one, but manager Claude Puel is confident captain José Fonte will be available. Long-term absentee Jérémy Pied is out and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is also likely to remain sidelined. 

Everton: Ronald Koeman reported no new injury concerns ahead of Sunday's game.
The Blues are boosted by the return of Gareth Barry following his one-match suspension, while Leighton Baines and James McCarthy were back in match action in the last outing at home to Swansea following recent injuries.
It means Muhamed Besic (knee) and Matthew Pennington (hamstring) are Everton's only absentees.

Form guide

Southampton’s last five:

AC Sparta Praha (a) L 0-1 (Europa League)
Liverpool (h) D 0-0
Hull City (a) L 2-1
Internazionale (h) W 2-1 (Europa League)
Chelsea (h) L 0-2

Everton’s last five:

Swansea (h) D 1-1
Chelsea (a) L 0-5
West Ham (h) W 2-0
Burnley (a) L 1-2
Manchester City (a) D 1-1

Top performers

After scoring Saints’ last goal before the international break, Charlie Austin remains untroubled at the top of the scoring charts.

Top scorers: Charlie Austin (8), Nathan Redmond (3)
Most assists: Six players (1)

Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye has made a league-high 53 tackles in the top-flight this season so far.
No player has made more open play crosses than Yannick Bolasie (74) this season in the Premier League.
Romelu Lukaku has scored three and assisted one in four Premier League appearances at St. Mary’s, including a brace for the Everton in this exact fixture last season.
However, Lukaku has scored in just four of his last 17 appearances away from Goodison Park in the Premier League.

Top scorers: Romelu Lukaku (7), Gareth Barry, Ross Barkley, Séamus Coleman (2)
Most assists: Yannick Bolasie (4)

Previous meetings

All-time record:

Played: 94
Southampton: 27
Draws: 21
Everton: 46

Last four meetings:
April 2016: Everton 1-1 Southampton (Mané)
August 2015: Southampton 0-3 Everton
April 2015: Everton 1-0 Southampton
December 2014: Southampton 3-0 Everton (Lukaku OG, Pellè, Yoshida)

Did you know?

Everton’s win here last season was the first time they had won at St Mary’s in seven attempts.

Southampton have failed to score against Everton on 13 occasions in the Premier League.

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