Southampton v Everton Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Southampton v Everton

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Saturday, November 9, 2019


St Mary’s Stadium

Punter's Pick

Southampton welcome Everton to the St Mary’s Stadium in a real six-pointer between two of the Premier League’s strugglers. Both managers are under pressure with just three points separating the two in 17th and 18th places respectively. Southampton can go level on 11 points with Everton with a win whereas the Toffees can put clear daylight between themselves and the drop zone with three points of their own.

Southampton come into this game after a poor run which includes going winless in their last six games in all competitions. This has included five losses with the Saints gaining a valuable point away at Wolves in mid-October. The team have recently come off a record-breaking 9-0 home loss against Leicester City, where Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy both scored hattricks. Back to back defeats against Manchester City followed but the team did show great improvement in their performance as Southampton took the lead at the Etihad through James Ward-Prowse and held it until the 70th minute. A Sergio Aguero equaliser was followed by a late winner by Kyle Walker and the Saints were consigned to their 7th League defeat but it was a game with many positives for manager Ralph Hassenhutl. He will be hoping his team can put in similar performances against those in and around them which will produce a high likelihood of his side picking up crucial points as we approach the turn of the year.

Everton have also had a poor run of form but there have been signs of improvement in recent games. A 2-0 win over West Ham in mid-October was followed by a similar collapse against Brighton where they led 2-1, only to be undone by two late goals. But the Toffees battled to a 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur last time out as a last gasp Cenk Tosun cancelled out Dele Alli’s strike. The game was of course marred by the horrific injury to Andre Gomes who was stretchered off after suffering a fractured dislocation of the ankle. Seeing their teammate in such strife left both sets of players in shock and this could serve as motivation for the Everton players as they look to put in a performance that would be a worthy dedication to Gomes. Marco Silva is certainly under increasing pressure to improve results and there could be increased calls for him to leave if he comes unstuck against one of his fellow struggkers.

In team news Southampton will be looking to welcome back Cedric Soares who is in contention after being out for six weeks. Moussa Djenepo has also been declared fit to provide a much needed boost to the Southampton frontline. The Malian scored an impressive solo goal earlier in the season and his ability to carry the ball and drive at the opposition defence could be on show from the start come kick-off. The Saints will however be without Ryan Bertrand who is suspended for this one.

Everton will be without the aforementioned Andre Gomes after his horror injury against Tottenham although Marco Silva does believe the Portuguese could make a return at some point this season. Fabian Delph remains the other doubt after suffering a hamstring injury. The England man will be assessed closer to the game but is unlikely to feature.

In recent meetings between these two honours have been pretty much even. Last season saw these two play three times including a League Cup tie and each team recorded a victory apiece in the Premier League with the cup game finishing 1-1. Southampton would eventually go through on penalties but the same fixture at St Mary’s saw Southampton win courtesy of goals from James Ward-Prowse and a Lucas Digne own goal. Gylfi Sigurdsson got a consolation but the Saints had their revenge for the 2-1 defeat at Goodison Park earlier in the season.

With the poor form of both teams this is a difficult game to pick for an outright winner. Much will depend on how the Everton players react after the events of their game against Tottenham. The injury to Andre Gomes could have a galvanising effect and the team showed this after they rallied to get a late equaliser through Cenk Tosun. We feel that Everton possess the quality to win this game and should be backed at 29/20 with Bet365. Equally both sides will fancy their chances to score and over 2.5 goals has also been generously priced by the same bookmaker.

Punter's Pick

Southampton welcome Everton to the St Mary’s Stadium in a real six-pointer between two of the Premier League’s strugglers. Both managers are under pressure with just three points separating the two in 17th and 18th places respectively. Southampton can go level on 11 points with Everton with a win whereas the Toffees can put clear daylight between themselves and the drop zone with three points of their own.

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