Preview - Southampton vs Everton 09 November 19

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Match Day 12
Southampton vs. Everton
Saturday, November 9th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: St. Mary's Stadium

Last five matches form: L L D L L
Average goals per match: 0.91
Average goals against per match: 2.45
Top Scorer: Danny Ings (4)

Last five matches form: L L W L D
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.55
Top Scorer: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (3)

We have a couple of big battles towards the foot of the Premier League table on Match Day 12 in the Premier League, one of which comes in this fixture at the St. Mary's Stadium as third bottom Southampton play host to fourth bottom Everton. With only three points between the sides heading into the game, there's plenty riding on this one despite the early stage of the season.

Southampton picked up the points courtesy of a 2-1 success in the game here last season, with Everton winning the reverse fixture at Goodison Park by the same score-line.

No confirmed injury absentees for Southampton at present, but Ryan Bertrand does miss out through suspension. Everton will of course be without André Gomes, who joins Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Bernard on the side-lines.

Southampton are now without a win in six in the Premier League, but did at least perform with some credit when only losing 2-1 to Manchester City at the Etihad last time out. This will be the first home game for the Saints since the biggest humiliation in the history of the Premier League in that 9-0 trouncing at the hands of Leicester City.

It's not been great for Everton of late either, with the Toffees boasting just the one win in their past seven in the league. They have now lost their last four on the road - capitulating late to give up a lead at Brighton last time out away from home.

Both of these sides would appear to have fairly significant concerns at the back - Everton conceding two or more in three of their last four on the road, and Southampton shipping three or more in their last three at home.

We will take goals in this one and the home side just to edge it. Could this be the end of the Silva reign?

Prediction: Southampton 3 - 2 Everton


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots: 4 - 24
Shots on target: 3 - 5
Corner Kicks: 5 - 9
Possession: 47% - 53%

Just the one booking for each side in this one, with referee Paul Tierney taking the names of Sofiane Boufal of Southampton and Djibril Sidibe of Everton.

We perhaps haven't been too kind in our assessment of Everton's performances at times this season, but it must be said that they were pretty good at St. Mary's this afternoon. Edging possession - and registering a seriously impressive 24 attempts at goal as an away side - they were made to work for this, but were ultimately good value for a fair bit more than the winning margin would imply.

It couldn't have started much better for Everton, with the away side taking the lead in just the fourth minute. Gylfi Sigurdsson swinging in a corner from the right and Mason Holgate flicking on at the near post. Tom Davies then arriving at the back stick to head home high from a couple of yards.

Very little from Southampton from an attacking perspective in the opening period. 0-1 at the break.

It was however the Saints who flew out of the traps in the second half - grabbing an equaliser five minutes after the interval. Nice work from Boufal on the right, breaking into the area and fizzing in a low ball which made it all the way through to Danny Ings to tap home from practically on the goal line.

James Ward-Prowse went close with a free kick for Southampton, but it was Everton who won it fifteen minutes from time. Djibril Sidibe crossing from the right and finding Richarlison arriving around seven yards out at the back post. Decent finish from the Brazilian with a first-time guided volley into the left-hand side.

Just as Marco Silva really appears to be teetering on the brink, his Everton side seem to step up with a performance, and so it proved here. This win sees the Toffees move up to 13th. Troubling times at Southampton. The Saints remain second bottom and three points adrift of safety.

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