Everton v Southampton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
May 01, 2018
Goodison Park - Premier League
Southampton continue their fight to stay in the Premier League on Saturday, but face a visit to a very much in-form Everton side. The Toffees have flown up the league table recently, with just one defeat from their last seven games.
Southampton absolutely hammered Everton in the reverse fixture, with the Saints pulling off an uncharacteristic 4-1 win. Gylfi Sigurdsson to equalised Dusan Tadic's opener, however a brace from Charlie Austin in the second half was compounded by a goal by Steven Davis three minutes from time.
Sofiane Boufal missed Southampton's last game, having been banished to the U-23s following an argument with Mark Hughes. The manager gave no indication that this was a long-term punishment so the midfielder may well be in contention to play on Saturday. Steven Davis, however, is unlikely to feature, having suffered a recurrence of an Achilles Tendon injury.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin's back injury will see him miss the remainder of the season, with Cenk Tosun having established the centre-forward role as his own in recent weeks. Long term injuries to James McCarthy, Eliaquim Mangala and Sigurdsson have also taken their toll on Sam Allardyce's side.
Everton v Southampton Preview and Predictions
Despite having failed to convince many Everton fans, Allardyce has taken the club from being relegation threatened to an all-but-guarenteed top ten finish, with a Europa League spot a, very slight, possibility. Although it has not been stylish, Everton have rediscovered their grit and organisation, that, if this season proves anything, is more important than big money transfers.
Southampton, on the other hand, appear to be struggling with exactly that problem, with Mark Hughe's failing to bring order to his side since his arrival. The club's win against Bournemouth last weekend was their first in six, and relied heavily up on a classy display by Tadic, a player that Premier League clubs will certainly be considering if the Saints are to go down.
The south coast side's biggest problem this season has been with finishing chances, as Tadic's weekend goals made him only the second player to have scored more than five this season. Regardless of a club's organisation and drive, lacking a cutting edge will give their defence no respite.
Everton's forwards have hardly been prolific themselves, although Cenk Tosun's weekend strike brings his tally to a goal every other start in the Premier League. The Turkish forward appears to be growing into the player he was at Besiktas, and will be a valuable asset for whoever Everton's manager is come next season.
This weekend's match-up should heavily favour the home-side, however, Southampton have just three games to rescue their season. If they are to maintain their Premier League status, they'll need to build on last week's win.
Tosun to score anytime at 11/5
The forward is Everton's in-from goal scorer and the favourite to find the net.
Everton to win and under 2.5 goals scored at 15/4
There have been under 2.5 goals in the Toffee's last four games.