Two teams struggling to find form in the league go head-to-head at Goodison Park as Southampton face Everton in the Premier League. This and more in today’s Match Pack, in association with eToro …
Everton vs Saints
Saturday 14th January, 3pm GMT
Referee: John Brooks.
Assistants: Adam Nunn, James Mainwaring.
Fourth official: Graham Scott.
VAR: Lee Mason.
Assistant VAR: Stuart Burt.
WHICH KIT WILL SAINTS BE WEARING?
Saints will be wearing their white home kit on their trip to Merseyside.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
A huge game at the bottom of the Premier league table as Saints travel to Frank Lampard’s Everton on Saturday.
Southampton sit bottom of the current standings, with Everton just three points above them in 18th place.
With pressure mounting on Frank Lampard, three points at Goodison Park could lift the hosts out of the drop and end their eight-game winless run.
It’s been a hugely successful week for Saints in cup competition, with victory over Crystal Palace in the third round of the FA Cup swiftly followed by an emphatic victory over Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup in midweek.
Sékou Mara opened his Saints account at St Mary’s before a wonderstrike from Moussa Djenepo secured their place in the Carabao Cup semi-finals.
Nathan Jones will be hoping his side can turn their cup form into points in the league as they face a huge test on Merseyside.
After being stretchered off in their Emirates FA Cup clash with Manchester United last weekend, Alex Iwobi adds to Everton’s ever-growing injury list.
The Nigerian joins Michael Keane, Andros Townsend, Nathan Patterson and James Garner on the sidelines.
While Theo Walcott and Alex McCarthy near a return, Tino Livramento, Armel Bella-Kotchap, Stuart Armstrong and Juan Larios remain out for Saints.
After making his Saints debut from off the bench in midweek, Mislav Oršić could make his first Premier League appearance against Everton while Nathan Jones hopes Saints’ latest acquisition Charly Alcaraz will be available for Saturday's tie.
nathan jones“He should be [available]. We’re just waiting for VISA things and stuff but hopefully he is.”
on charly alcaraz settling in at saints
Frank Lampard: "It's a big game, you're against a competitor. We seen their performance in the week, it was great. You need to be to beat Manchester City so they've had two positive results, we have to respect that. They have a manager who has come in with a lot of energy, I know how he is, we have to respect that and go into the game."
Nathan Jones: “We'll be as positive as we possibly can to try and win a football game. We know it's a difficult game away at Everton. Yes, they're in a difficult situation as well. We’ve just got to focus on ourselves and that's all I can do.”
ONES TO WATCH
Demarai Gray: One of the bright sparks in an otherwise disappointing season for Everton, the 26-year-old leads the way for most goals scored for Lampard’s men this season, most notably a New Year’s Eve equaliser against Manchester City to earn a valuable point for his side.
Sékou Mara: Opening his account for Saints in style against Manchester City in midweek, the Frenchman is becoming a growing presence in this Saints side under Nathan Jones.
Demarai Gray 5
Anthony Gordon 3
McNeil, Coady 2
Alex Iwobi 6
Ché Adams 8
James Ward-Prowse 5
Perraud, Aribo, A. Armstrong 2
Ward-Prowse, Perraud, Elyounoussi 2
HEAD TO HEAD
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
October 2022: Saints 1-2 Everton (Aribo)
February 2022: Southampton 2-0 Everton (Stuart Armstrong, Long)
August 2021: Everton 3-1 Saints (Adam Armstrong)
March 2021: Everton 1-0 Saints
October 2020: Saints 2-0 Everton (Ward-Prowse, Adams)
DID YOU KNOW?
- Two of Southampton's three Premier League victories this season have come away from home, beating Leicester in August and Bournemouth in October.
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