Get game ready for Saturday's visit to Everton, as Southampton embark on their first away trip of the 2018/19 Premier League season…
Everton vs Southampton
Saturday 18th August, 3pm BST
Referee: Lee Mason
Assistants: Ian Hussin, Mark Scholes
Fourth official: Graham Scott
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Saints come into the game with a point under their belts, secured by a goalless draw with Burnley at St Mary’s.
Mark Hughes’s men got stronger as the game went on, so the boss may be tempted to reward his substitutes who came on and made an impact.
Everton also started with a draw, sharing four goals in an entertaining clash with newly-promoted Wolves at Molineux.
Debutant Richarlison was the star, scoring both goals, but Marco Silva’s side played more than half of the match with ten men following the dismissal of Phil Jagielka.
Everton: Richarlison is fit to play after he was substituted late on at Wolves, but fellow summer signings Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes remain sidelined by injuries.
Silva revealed he will choose between Kurt Zouma and Mason Holgate to replace the suspended Jagielka at the heart of his defence.
Southampton: Mohamed Elyounoussi is the only player at risk of missing the trip to Goodison Park, after Hughes confirmed the Norwegian is struggling with a hamstring injury.
Fellow summer signing Stuart Armstrong was forced off against Burnley with a knock, but is fit to feature on Merseyside.
OPENING DAY RESULTS
Wolves 2-2 Everton (Richarlison 2)
Southampton 0-0 Burnley
Marco Silva: "It will be a tough game against a strong side with a good squad of experienced players in the Premier League.
"They play with the same formation Wolves played against us, with five at the back, and will try to keep a good defensive organisation. It's up to us to play fast and disorganise them enough to score."
Mark Hughes: "They've made a big investment in the team and in the manager. It could be that now is the best time to play them, while that period of transition is ongoing.
"It's always a tough game at Goodison, but we played well there last year under really difficult circumstances. We were unfortunate to concede so late - it could've been a fatal blow, but we proved our character."
There were a few encouraging performances for Saints on the opening day, not least from Alex McCarthy, who made some smart saves – particularly in the first half – to keep Burnley at bay and carry on from where he left off last season.
Jannik Vestergaard had an impressive debut, bringing a dominant aerial presence to the backline, while Nathan Redmond was a danger with his positivity and Danny Ings added a new dimension to the attack when introduced in the second half.
As for Everton, Marco Silva has a wealth of new signings who could make their debuts, if selected.
Otherwise, Richarlison was the standout performer at Molineux, while striker Cenk Tosun will want to get off the mark for the new season. Gylfi Sigurdsson, sacrificed against Wolves following the red card, will be hungry to make an impression.
This will be the 99th meeting between the clubs in all competitions. Everton hold the upper hand, but fell to a 4-1 defeat at St Mary's last season.
Previous five meetings:
May 2018: Everton 1-1 Saints
Nov 2017: Saints 4-1 Everton
Jan 2017: Everton 3-0 Saints
Nov 2016: Saints 1-0 Everton
Apr 2016: Everton 1-1 Saints
DID YOU KNOW?
- Southampton won their last away match of the 2017/18 season – victory at Goodison Park would secure back-to-back away league wins for the first time since March 2017.
- Charlie Austin has scored three goals in his three Premier League appearances for Saints against Everton, but all of those have come in home games.
NOT AT THE GAME?
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