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, January 19, 2019


St Mary’s Stadium

Punter's Pick

Southampton are an appealing 8/5 with Ladbrokes to bag all three points, with over 2.5 goals with the same firm at 10/11 a real possibility (the reverse fixture finished 2-1 to Everton). Ademola Lookman can be backed at 13/2 with William Hill to backup his fine performance against Bournemouth and to be Everton’s first goalscorer.

One team battling for their the Premier League status, another that has flattered to deceive as they sit in mid table obscurity, the ingredients sound good for an open and entertaining clash as tenth place Everton visit sixteenth placed Southampton on Saturday.

Southampton turning a corner…slowly

With one win and one draw in their last two league fixtures, Southampton fans could be forgiven for cautiously believing their team is slowly turning the corner in their fight against relegation. In fact three wins in their last six games after just one in the previous fourteen games is testament to the impact new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has had on the team in general, with the dark cloud hanging over the club in Mark Hughes’ final days seemingly having being lifted.

With fixtures against fellow strugglers Burnley, Cardiff City and Fulham to come in February, Hasenhuttl will have earmarked this game and the next one at home to Crystal Palace as an ideal opportunity to keep up the momentum of recent weeks. With a disappointing FA Cup exit against Championship side Derby County freeing them of any other distractions, Southampton will approach the final third of the season in optimist mood.

Frustrating season for Everton

Everton started the new season with much cause for optimism, with a raft of promising new signings signalling their intent to make a move on the established ‘top six’. Arrivals such as Richarlison for a club record £35m fee (rising to £50m with add ons), Yerry Mina and Lucas Digne from Barcelona, and tricky Brazilian winger Bernard on a free transfer all adding to the sense of excitment at Goodison Park. However currently sitting in tenth position in the league with more than half the season already gone was not quite what the fans, players and manager would have had in mind. The FA Cup now looks to be the only route into European football next season, and a long cup run would at least deflect some of the attention off the current underachiemvent in the PL.

Team News – Southampton to welcome back several players?

Southampton’s FA cup replay with Derby County did throw up an unusual silver lining – Yan Valery and Charlie Austin completed their two match suspensions thanks to the additional game and come back into contention for Saturday’s game. Danny Ings, Mario Lemina and Ryan Bertrand are all nearing a return from injury and one or more could feature in the matchday squad. Ings in particular would relish a game against the Toffees, having previously scored in a Merseyside Derby for his parent club Liverpool two seasons ago.

For Everton it should be the case of same again, with the starting XI that ground out a 2-0 home win against Bournemouth last time out in pole position to start this fixture. The impressive Ademola Lookman was the standout performer in that game, and his pace and direct running is sure to trouble the Saints’ defence should he get the nod to be in from the start again.

Everton have the personnel, but Southampton may have the edge

On paper Everton have a much stronger lineup with more star quality, particularly in the attacking third with the likes of Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin providing a real attacking thrust. However all too often this season they have failed to fire collectively, and Southampton may see this as another opportunity to build upon their recent upturn in fortunes. With the real edge a relegation scrap brings against a team anchored in mid table mediocrity, the Saints’ aggressive approach may overwhelm their more timid opponents on the day.

Punter's Pick

Southampton are an appealing 8/5 with Ladbrokes to bag all three points, with over 2.5 goals with the same firm at 10/11 a real possibility (the reverse fixture finished 2-1 to Everton). Ademola Lookman can be backed at 13/2 with William Hill to backup his fine performance against Bournemouth and to be Everton’s first goalscorer.

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