Match Pack: Everton vs Saints

By SFC Media time Mon 01 Oct Everton v Saints

Saints meet Everton at Goodison Park for a place in the last 16 of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night. Get game ready with our in-depth match preview...


Everton vs Southampton
Tuesday 2nd October, 7.45pm BST
Goodison Park
Carabao Cup Third Round


Tuesday night’s encounter at Goodison Park sees Southampton and Everton meet for the second time in little more than six weeks.

A trip to last season’s quarter-finalists Leicester awaits in the last 16; both sides have struggled for form in the Premier League so far, the distraction of the Carabao Cup may well be of use.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: Mario Lemina(L) and Danny Ings of Southampton during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Southampton FC at Goodison Park on August 18, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Danny Ings netted on his first start for Saints against Everton in the Premier League earlier in the season.

Marco Silva’s Blues picked up their first league win in five matches against Fulham on Saturday, their only previous successes coming against Saints in the second weekend of the season followed by a 3-1 victory over Rotherham to set up this meeting.

A reshuffle and regroup is in order for Saints after back-to-back away league defeats to Liverpool and Wolves brought an end to a three-match unbeaten run which included a Second Round 1-0 win over Brighton at the Amex Stadium.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: Charlie Austin of Southampton celebrates after scoring during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton at American Express Community Stadium on August 28, 2018 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Charlie Austin celebrates netting the winner in the previous round of the Carabao Cup against Brighton.

Mark Hughes’s men pushed the Toffees hard in both of their previous meetings at Goodison and despite holding a poor record there of late, have won two of their last five matches against them, albeit both at St Mary’s.


Everton: Marco Silva was able to name an unchanged side for the second consecutive week against Fulham and has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the visit of Saints. Eight changes were made to Silva's Premier League selection for the visit of Rotherham in the previous round and extra minutes may be granted to the likes of Maarten Stekelenburg, Kieran Dowell and Oumar Niasse.

Southampton: Similarly, Mark Hughes has no further selection issues for his team's third away game on the spin. Angus Gunn, Jan Bednarek, Maya Yoshida and Jack Stephens all delivered confident performances at Brighton in the Second Round and will be hungry to stake their claims further at Goodison Park.



Fulham (h) W 3-0 (Sigurdsson (2), Tosun)
Arsenal (a) L 2-0
West Ham (a) L 3-1 (Sigurdsson)
Huddersfield (h) D 1-1 (Calvert-Lewin)
Rotherham (h) W 3-1 (Calvert-Lewin (2), Sigurdsson)


Wolves (a) L 0-2
Liverpool (a) L 0-3
Brighton (h) D 2-2 (Højbjerg, Ings)
Crystal Palace (a) W 2-0 (Ings, Højbjerg)
Brighton (a) W 1-0 (Austin) (Carabao Cup)


Marco Silva: "We played with players who were 20 or 21 years old against Fulham. It is hard, but for them to develop, they have to play. In some moments, they make mistakes, but in this way they can grow as players. 

“I hope [the win will maintain confidence] to sustain what we are doing and the way we want to play. 

"The results will be the best way to grow this confidence with our fans and our players because it is something really important.”

Mark Hughes: “We’ll go into the game with different personnel; the guys who didn’t feature against Wolves will see it as an opportunity to press their claims to get in the team and I hope they do because that will show me that the strength of the group is right and we can build on that."


Everton’s victory over Fulham last time out was largely owed to the performance of Icelandic talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29:  Gylfi Sigurdsson (R) of Everton celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Fulham FC at Goodison Park on September 29, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored three times in the Premier League for Everton this season.

The midfielder struck a decisive brace to set his team on course for a much-needed victory; first sweeping clinically into the bottom corner from 18 yards before netting again one minute from time for his third Premier League goal of the season.

The club-record signing was instrumental in getting the Toffees over the line against a threatening Fulham side and but for his spot-kick against the crossbar he would have had a well-deserved hat-trick.

Although replaced by Cenk Tosun partway through Saturday’s game, academy product Dominic Calvert-Lewin does hold one of the most prolific scoring records in the Carabao cup in recent seasons.

Since his debut in the competition in August 2015, only Kevin De Bruyne (seven) has scored more goals than striker Calvert-Lewin (six); five of them have come in his last three appearances for Everton in the cup.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29:  Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton celebrates with teammate Tom Davies after scoring his team's second goal during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Everton and Rotherham United at Goodison Park on August 29, 2018 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Alex McCarthy has continued the form that earned him a call-up to the England squad for September’s international fixtures and demonstrated why he ought to remain in Gareth Southgate’s thoughts for the coming fortnight.

The 28-year-old was instrumental in protecting Saints’ lead at Crystal Palace last month and was unfortunate to be beaten twice at Molineux after saving brilliantly from Jonny Otto and Raul Jimenez either side of half time.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: Angus Gunn of Southampton FC arrives ahead of the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton at American Express Community Stadium on August 28, 2018 in Brighton, England. (Photo by James Bridle - Southampton FC/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Angus Gunn is set to make his second Saints appearance of the season at Goodison Park.

Angus Gunn is likely to take on the gloves from McCarthy at Goodison on Tuesday night and will be keen to maintain the strong start to the season in the Saints goalkeeping department.


All-time record:

Played: 99
Everton: 48
Draws: 22
Saints: 29

Previous five meetings:

Aug 2018: Everton 2-1 Saints
May 2018: Everton 1-1 Saints
Nov 2017: Saints 4-1 Everton
Jan 2017: Everton 3-0 Saints
Nov 2016: Southampton 1-0 Everton


This will be the 100th meeting between Everton and Southampton in all competitions but just the second in the League Cup – the Saints won 2-1 in the second round in 1971-72 in the only other meeting.

Southampton have won nine of their last 11 League Cup matches against Premier League opposition, with their two defeats in this run against Liverpool in the 2015-16 quarter-final and in the final in 2016-17 against Manchester United.

Southampton manager Mark Hughes has progressed from five of his previous six League Cup fourth round ties – his only defeat came against the Saints in 2014-15 while he was Stoke manager.


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