Ace Football previews the Premier League match between Everton and Southampton, and offers betting tips, odds, line-ups, and team news.
Everton hope to nail back-to-back wins in the Premier League for the first time since December in Monday night’s encounter with an out-of-form Southampton.
The hosts plan to build on their famous triumph over Liverpool last time out by claiming another win. Doing so will draw them level with their bitter rivals in sixth-place and leave them two points outside of a top-four spot, with a game in hand. Southampton, on the other hand, sit 10 points adrift of their latest opponents in a lowly 14th.
Goals should be on offer at Goodison Park, with both sides scoring in seven of their last eight meetings in all competitions. And on the back of their derby victory, along with Southampton’s woeful form and injury problems, Everton will be in a confident mood.
Everton Form & Stats
Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson were on target to hand Everton a long-awaited win at Anfield last time out. The 2-0 win over Liverpool snapped them out of a two-match losing run, restoring their top-four hopes in the process. They must now follow it up with another three points on Monday. Otherwise, the win over their bitter rivals will mean nothing.
The home record this season, though, is a worry. The Toffees have won just four times in 12 league games at Goodison Park (D2 L6) and lost their last three home fixtures to Newcastle (0-2), Fulham (0-2), and Manchester City (1-3). It’s their worst run since a seven-match losing streak in 1958. In fact, they haven’t won on their own turf since a 2-1 triumph over Arsenal on December 19.
Inconsistency has also dogged Carlo Ancelotti’s men, having failed to manage back-to-back league wins since December. In Southampton and West Brom, however, lie two winnable games. And with a daunting trip to Chelsea coming up afterward, along with an FA Cup quarter-final tie with Manchester City, Everton will be determined to secure maximum points.
Key Team Stats
- Won 3 of their last 8 games in all competitions (D2 L3).
- Won only 4 of their 12 home league games (D2 L6) & lost their last 3.
- Unbeaten in their last 15 home league games against Southampton (W10 D5).
- Carlo Ancelotti has never lost 4 consecutive home league games as a manager.
- Scored only 6 goals in their last 9 home league games.
Southampton Form & Stats
A 3-0 defeat to Leeds United last time out condemned Southampton to a seventh defeat in eight league games (D1). The Saints haven’t won since beating Liverpool 1-0 on January 4, causing them to slip from sixth-place down to 14th in the standings. From being in the thick of a top-four battle, they’re now just seven points above the relegation zone.
Injuries have played a part in Southampton’s dip in form, with seven players set to be sidelined for the trip to Everton. Their away form, meanwhile, is another cause for concern. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men have lost each of their last four trips, conceded 17 goals in the process, and won only three times on the road overall this season (D4 L5).
Danny Ings, however, is expected to return to the line-up. The club’s top-scorer has a brilliant record against Everton, managing five goals and two assists in nine league starts, and could be key in Southampton’s hopes of capitalizing on the hosts’ issues at Goodison Park.
Key Team Stats
- Lost 7 of their last 8 league games (D1).
- Lost their last 4 away league games and conceded 17 goals.
- Dropped a league-high of 18 points this season from match-winning positions.
- Haven’t beaten Everton twice in 1 season since 1997/98.
- Danny Ings has managed 5 goals and 2 assists in 9 league starts against Everton.
Out: Yerry Mina, Jean-Philippe Gbamin.
Doubts: Fabian Delph.
Out: Theo Walcott, Michael Obafemi, Takumi Minamino, Oriol Romeu, Kyle Walker-Peters, William Smallbone, Ibrahima Diallo.
(Note: The image will change to the official XI once they’re both announced)
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