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Southampton vs Everton
St Mary’s Stadium
Saturday 9th November, 3pm GMT
Referee: Paul Tierney
Assistants: Harry Lennard, Adrian Holmes
Fourth Official: Tim Robinson
VAR: Simon Hooper
Assistant VAR: Andy Garratt
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
The ‘six-pointer’ cliché has been used in abundance in the lead up to this one, highlighting the potential significance of the meeting at St Mary’s.
With Everton floating dangerously above the bottom three – and without an away win in the Premier League since March – Saints will see it as a must-win, with the chance pull level on points with Marco Silva’s side.
Whilst current form suggests it could be a tightly contested battle, the hosts will be buoyed by their historical meetings with the Toffees on the south coast.
Winning five of their last six home meetings with the Merseyside outfit, Ralph Hasenhüttl will be looking for a repeat of last season’s 2-1 win.
Heading into the international break after Saturday’s fixture, Saints will be determined to tee up the trip to Arsenal in a fortnight’s time with a morale boosting win.
Manager Ralph Hasenhüttl has only one absentee to contend with this Saturday, as full-back Ryan Bertrand serves the final game of his three match suspension.
Boosts come in the form of Cédric and Moussa Djenepo, with the latter enjoying a small cameo during Saints' last Premier League outing at Manchester City.
Both are options for this weekend's Everton clash at St Mary's.
Man City (a) 1-2 (Ward-Prowse)
Man City (a) 1-3 (Stephens) Carabao Cup
Leicester (h) 0-9
Wolves (a) 1-1 (Ings)
Chelsea (h) 1-4 (Ings)
Spurs (h) 1-1 (Tosun)
Watford (h) 2-0 (Holgate, Richarlison) Carabao Cup
Brighton (a) 2-3 (Webster OG, Calvert-Lewin)
West Ham (h) 2-0 (Bernard, Sigurdsson)
Burnley (a) 0-1
Ralph Hasenhüttl: “Every game is now very important as we’re under the line at the moment. We’ve played against the first eight clubs so far, but now we have fixtures against the bottom teams and now we have to live by our results.
“We don’t have to ask too much (from the fans), we have to deliver. When we deliver, we can be sure that they’ll help us but first it’s about us to show up and show a reaction at home and do everything to win this game.”
Marco Silva: “It’s a must-win game for both teams. It’s a tough game for sure, even though the last home game for them was tough, they’ll want to react and show a different performance for their fans. It’s a tough place for Everton Football Club to go we have seen in the past.
“They didn’t start (the season) in the way they wanted for sure, but they showed a good reaction against (Manchester) City and competed in that game and they’ll want to do the same again."
ONES TO WATCH
James Ward-Prowse: The Saints midfielder often scores in flurries, and after netting against Manchester City last weekend, Ward-Prowse will be looking to carry on where he left off in front of goal.
Fuelling further confidence will be his memories from the last meeting between the two teams, firing home a stunning opener in January’s 2-1 win.
Lucas Digne: No player made more key passes (3) than Digne in Everton’s clash with Spurs last weekend.
The full-back provided a fourth assist of the season late on at Goodison Park as Cenk Tosun headed home to ensure the Toffees would pick up an important point. Happier in the opposition’s half than his own, Saints will have to find a way to contain the marauding Frenchman.
Inclusive of all competitions
Danny Ings 6
Moussa Djenepo 2
James Ward-Prowse 2
Sofiane Boufal 2
James Ward-Prowse 2
Danny Ings 2
HEAD TO HEAD
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
January 2019: Saints 2-1 Everton (Ward-Prowse, Digne OG)
October 2018: Everton 1-1 Saints* (Ings)
August 2018: Everton 2-1 Saints (Ings)
May 2018: Everton 1-1 Saints (Redmond)
November 2017: Saints 4-1 Everton (Austin 2, Tadić, Davis)
*Saints won 4-3 on penalties
DID YOU KNOW?
- Southampton have won 11 Premier League home games against Everton – only against Newcastle (12) have they won more at the Dell/St Mary’s in the competition.
- There has been a 90th minute goal in each of Everton’s last three Premier League games (F2 A1), with two of those affecting the result. In total, Everton’s games have seen four goals after 90+ minutes this season (F2 A2), no other sides have seen more.
- Everton have lost five of their last six Premier League away games against Southampton, winning the other 3-0 in August 2015.
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