England Premier League
Sunday 25th October 2020
Kick off at 2pm BST
Venue: St Mary's Stadium
Sunday afternoon will see Southampton take on Everton and whilst the league leaders Everton will be the favourites to win this game, Southampton remains a very tricky fixture.
The Saints come into this game in 12th place with 7 points and a win would see them climb into the top 10. Though the club started the season off in sluggish form they have improved in recent weeks and come into this encounter unbeaten in their last 3 games. That includes back to back wins over Burnley and West Bromwich Albion and last weekend they claimed a draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge which was more impressive given that they had to come from behind.
Everton are enjoying a fantastic start to the season and are still unbeaten. Their record was under threat last weekend when they played in the derby against the champions Liverpool who have had a hold over the Toffee’s for some time. Everton impressed in a 2-2 draw because they came back from behind twice in the game, perhaps in previous seasons that wouldn’t have happened.
Everton are very confident and it seems that manager Carlo Ancelotti has made all the difference bringing in the right players and making some of the older ones better at what they do, one example would be Dominic Calvert-Lewin who has looked like a world class striker this season and has now been called up into the England team.
With Aston Villa losing on Friday that was good news for Everton and the club should hold their 1st place even if they lose this game unless Liverpool score many goals against Sheffield United.
Southampton: Stuart Armstrong is due back as he has recovered from Coronavirus. Willian Smallbone has a thigh injury and has been ruled out of this game. Moussa Djenpro has an ongoing hamstring problem and is out and could miss the next few weeks.
Everton: Richarlison is suspended for 3 games after his sending off v Liverpool last weekend. James Rodriguez has a knock but is being tipped to have some part in this game and should play. Jonjoe Kenny is back in training but won’t feature in this game. Seamus Coleman has a hamstring injury and has been ruled out for at least the next four weeks.
Southampton vs Everton Head to Head:
Last season Everton won this game 2-1.
Southampton have beaten Everton at home 3 times from the last 4 meetings.
Both teams to score has been a winning choice for the last six league games in a row.
Southampton vs Everton Prediction:
This match reminds one of Everton’s trip to Crystal Palace in that on paper Everton has the better team, the better form and should win but the opponent will be tricky and hard to win against and Everton do not have a fantastic record over the Saints.
We have to respect the fact of how strong Everton have been and even if they are missing Richarlison they have Calvert-Lewin who just keeps scoring goals. Of course for the home side there is Danny Ings.
We expect a good game and end to end because Southampton won’t be afraid and are in good form, but this is still a step up for the club. Whoever wins the midfield battle here could well go onto win the game, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the teams shared the points on Sunday.
Southampton vs Everton Betting Tips:
Both teams to score (Yes) at 1.61
Anytime goalscorer: Danny Ings at 2.00