Southampton v Everton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
November 24, 2017
St.Mary's Stadium - Premier League
Everton face a long trip to the south coast to face Southampton, in what could be interim boss David Unsworth's final game in charge of the Blues
It was honours even between these two sides last season, with both recording home wins in the Premier League, although Everton have the slightly better record overall.
In the last six meetings, Everton have won three times - compared to two victories for Southampton and a draw.
Southampton face a injury headache over midfielder Mario Lemina, who faces a late fitness test on an ankle injury ahead of Sunday's game.
Other than Lemina, Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino has no fresh injury concerns, with defender Jeremy Pied still out of action with a thigh problem.
Everton are without top scorer Oumar Niasse, who was respectively banned following a dive in the Toffees draw with Crystal Palace, and Unsworth will be missing a number of other first team players.
Mason Holgate is out with a groin strain, and he joins midfield pair James McCarthy and Ross Barkley on the sidelines, with both players still a few weeks away from a return from hamstring injuries.
Fellow midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin could return following a toe problem, but he will be assessed closer to Sunday's game.
Southampton v Everton Preview and Predictions
Southampton have been wildly inconsistent this season, and face Everton following back-to-back defeats to Burnley and Liverpool, and they are in need of a positive result in front of their own fans this weekend.
Everton are in a similar position of a season that has stuttered along, with Unsworth injecting a small amount of consistency in recent weeks. A win over Watford was followed up with a draw against Crystal Palace last weekend, and that will battle Southampton this weekend to avoid dropping back into a losing pattern.
Both sides are under performing at the moment, and this game looks set for a draw - currently priced at 5/2.
Neither side are in fantastic goal scoring form either, with Southampton scoring just two goals in their last four games and Everton scoring just twice in their last two games away from Goodison Park.
With that in mind, this game is set to be tense with not too many goals, and an under 2.5 goals bet looks to be a good option - priced at 8/13.
A 1-1 draw at 6/1
Both sides cannot really afford to lose, but in reality neither look to be in a position to win this game, so they could well just cancel each other out. Southampton showed their defensive fragility against Liverpool last weekend, but Everton do not appear to have the sustained firepower to capitalise on that.
Wayne Rooney to score first at 8/1
In the absence of Niasse, the main goal scoring responsibility will fall on to Rooney on Sunday, and in these types of tight games a set piece can be crucial, with Rooney on the list of free kick takers for the visitors he could find that as a route to a fifth Premier League goals of the season.