Get set for Saints' meeting with Everton in the Premier League with our in-depth match preview...
Everton vs Southampton
Saturday 5th May, 5.30pm BST
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Quite simply, it’s another game of huge significance for Saints who boosted their survival hopes with a crucial 2-1 victory over AFC Bournemouth at St Mary’s last weekend.
That will no doubt give them some momentum and increased confidence levels going into this one, with work still to be done to survive.
Hosts Everton go into the game having registered back-to-back successes against Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United respectively.
And their desire to finish the season strongly should not be underestimated, with the Toffees notably winning their final league match at home in nine of the past 11 seasons.
Southampton: Mark Hughes has confirmed that Steven Davis is Saints' only absentee due to a persistent achilles issue.
Everton: Mason Holgate will be missing for the clash despite being back in training and will be assessed for next week's game with West Ham. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (back) is unlikely to feature.
Southampton’s previous five:
AFC Bournemouth (h) W 2-1
Chelsea (n) L 2-0 (FA Cup)
Leicester City (a) D 0-0
Chelsea (h) L 3-1
Arsenal (a) L 3-2
Everton’s previous five:
Huddersfield Town (a) W 2-0
Newcastle United (h) W 1-0
Swansea City (a) D 1-1
Liverpool (h) D 0-0
Manchester City (h) L 1-3
Dušan Tadić’s brace against AFC Bournemouth saw him reach seven goals for the season and he’ll be hoping to carry that form into the final three games of the season, to help lift Saints away from danger.
The Serb’s display made him joint-top goalscorer with Charlie Austin and, having netted in the reverse fixture at St Mary’s, could be a main threat once more.
Top scorers: Dušan Tadić (7), Charlie Austin (7), James Ward-Prowse (4), Manolo Gabbiadini (4).
Most assists: Dušan Tadić (4), Ryan Bertrand (4), James Ward-Prowse (4), Nathan Redmond (3)
Following a January move from Besiktas, Turkish international Cenk Tosun has netted five goals in 10 starts and could be key if the hosts are to register a third consecutive Premier League win for the first time since January 2017.
Wayne Rooney has been top for Everton in terms of goal involvements, with 10 goals and two assists.
Top scorers: Wayne Rooney (11), Oumar Niasse (8), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (7), Gylfi Sigurdsson (6)
Most assists: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (6), Gylfi Sigurdsson (5)
Previous four meetings:
November 2017: Southampton 4-1 Everton (Tadić, Austin 2, Davis)
January 2017: Everton 3-0 Southampton
November 2016: Southampton 1-0 Everton (Austin)
April 2016: Everton 1-1 Southampton
DID YOU KNOW?
- Charlie Austin has scored in both of his Premier League matches against Everton for Southampton (three goals in total).
- Southampton are looking to secure back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time since April 2017, when they beat Crystal Palace and West Brom.
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