After a positive run on the road, Southampton return to St Mary’s in the Premier League as they host Frank Lampard’s Everton.
Saints vs Everton
St Mary’s Stadium
Saturday 19 February, 3pm GMT
Referee: Andy Madley.
Assistants: Darren Cann and Wade Smith.
Fourth official: Keith Stroud.
VAR: Andre Marriner.
Assistant VAR: Derek Eaton.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
A series of impressive results in recent weeks mean Saints now sit 10th in the Premier League table, seven points ahead of opposition Everton in 16th.
In what looked to be Hasenhüttl’s most challenging string of games with Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United following each other in recent weeks, Saints have emerged with an impressive five out of nine points.
Everton will be buoyed by the appointment of Frank Lampard, who looks to have made an immediate impact in Merseyside since his appointment.
Claiming an impressive 3-0 victory over Leeds United last weekend, Lampard will be eager to build a good run of results to see Everton move up the league table. Victory at St Mary’s could see them go as high as 14th.
Nathan Redmond is back in contention for Saints, while Alex McCarthy and Lyanco remain long term absentees. Nathan Tella is expected to return to training next week.
Demarai Gray and Ben Godfrey remain out for the visitors while Vitalii Mykolenko returns.
"Frank [Lampard] has implemented new energy in this team and they are pressing higher, much more active than I have seen them before. With a clear strategy, a clear plan and definitely a different behaviour now, and this is why everyone has been warned it will be a tough game for us."
“There's an argument for going same again, but it's not a statement of fact. Leeds to Southampton, two very good teams in lots of different ways."
A relentless threat for Saints on the attack, the Chelsea loanee leads the way for most goals scored for Saints this season.
Having only made two appearances so far since joining from Manchester United on loan, van de Beek has made an instant impact in the Everton side. Running the show from midfield, his work both on and off the ball will challenge Saints at St Mary’s.
Armando Broja 8
Elyounoussi, Adams 7
James Ward-Prowse 6
James Ward-Prowse 7
Nathan Redmond 6
Elyounoussi, Walker-Peters 3
Andros Townsend 7
Demarai Gray 6
Abdoulaye Doucouré 4
Townsend, Gray, Richarlison, Gordon, Allan 3
August 2021: Everton 3-1 Saints (Adam Armstrong)
March 2021: Everton 1-0 Saints
October 2020: Saints 2-0 Everton (Ward-Prowse, Adams)
July 2020: Everton 1-1 Saints (Ings)
November 2019: Saints 1-2 Everton (Ings)
DID YOU KNOW?
- Southampton’s Ché Adams has scored in his last two Premier League games, netting Saints’ winner against Tottenham and their equaliser against Manchester United. Only once before has he scored in three consecutive Premier League appearances, doing so in March 2021.
- Southampton have lost just once at home in the Premier League this season, and are unbeaten in their last eight at St Mary’s (W3 D5) since a 1-0 loss against Wolves in September.
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