Everton v Southampton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 14, 2018
Goodison Park - Premier League
Everton host Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday, with the two sides having only managed a draw in the opening game of the season. The Toffees goal-fest against Wolves could not have been more dissimilar to Southampton's 0-0 against Burnley, although both sides will be keen to pick up three points this weekend.
Last season's edition of this fixture saw a draw between the two sides, with Tom Davies scoring a 95th minute equaliser following a red card to Maya Yoshida, and Nathan Redmond's only goal of the season opening the scoring.
Marco Silva's only reported injury is to James McCarthy, with the midfielder on the road to recovery from a broken leg. The tactician will however, have to do without Phil Jagielka, after the centre-back saw red against Wolves. This should see one of Yerry Mina or Kurt Zouma make their debut for the club, due to a lack of senior defensive cover.
Mark Hughes has fewer worries although both Stuart Armstrong and Maya Yoshida are doubts for the game, with the former having picked up a knock, and the latter struggling for fitness. Jannik Vestergaard, having signed over the summer from Borussia Monchengladbach, will likely continue in the heart of defence.
Everton v Southampton Preview and Predictions
Evertons 2-2 draw against Wolves was arguably one of the best games of Premier League match day one, however it brought up more questions than it answered about Marco Silva's side. Certainly, the Toffees will look to play an expansive, attacking style of football, but it is unclear where this leaves their defence, which was a problem area last season.
Southampton, on the other hand, showed exactly the type of battling performance that their fans will have wanted, following a lacklustre display last season. They may be concerned however, with their side's inability to score goals, which has been their biggest problem for a while now, Danny Ings may be the solution, but has been out for the best part of two years know, whilst Charlie Austin and Shane Long have struggled to lead the line.
For Saturday's game, the two sides' opposing frailties could make for an interesting contest with a struggling Southampton front line facing off against an inexperienced Everton defence. As a result, the match could well be won by Silva's attacking recruits, with Richarlison scoring twice against Wolves to justify his hefty price tag. The manager will also have to find a way to fit new signing Bernard into the team, with the former Shaktar Donetsk winger able to operate on either flank.
Whats for certain is that if Everton want to establish their credentials as a top team they have to be able to beat the likes of Southampton at Goodison. The Saints however, have a point to prove following last season's disappointment, and Hughes will hope that the likes of Mohamed Elyounoussi will be able to turn his side's fortunes around.
Gylfi Sigurdsson to score anytime at 3/1
The Icelandic midfielder may be more of a greater than a finisher, but will have more space given the attacking threat of the players around him, and is handy at free-kicks too.
Everton to win to nil at 11/5
Southampton have been far from prolific and Everton should have too much for them.