After their first win at Anfield in Premier League history, Everton have their eyes on the top four spots with just five points separating them and West Ham. The Toffees hold a game in hand over the Hammers who face league leaders Manchester City this weekend so Carlo Ancelotti’s side will be aiming to keep the pressure on the Londoners.
Southampton have lost their way in recent weeks with only one league win to their name this year. Ralph Hassenhutl’s side suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat to Leeds on Tuesday as the Saints slumped down into 14th-place in the league.
The future of Danny Ings is under question at the minute, but the striker has only netted twice this year following his excellent start to the season. The Saints will need the 28-year-old to find his shooting boots this weekend if they hope to cause an upset on Merseyside.
In comparison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin has shown signs of rediscovering his early-season form, but a hamstring injury disrupted that as he was forced to miss the defeats against Fulham and Manchester City. The England international is expected to start this weekend after coming on as a substitute in their memorable win at Anfield.
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Everton vs Southampton: Match Stats
Everton have not been beaten in their last 15 games at home to Southampton and the form the two sides have shown since the turn of the year Monday’s meeting does not suggest the result will go any different. Despite losing their last three Premier League home games, the win against Liverpool should have the Toffees back on track to push for the top four.
Calvert-Lewin will be aiming to get his name back on the scoresheet with Monday expected to be his return to the starting XI after picking up a hamstring injury earlier in the month. However, with only five clean sheets to their name this season, Southampton will fancy their chances against the Everton goalkeeper.
9 July 2020 – Everton 1-1 Southampton – Premier League
9 November 2019 – Southampton 1-2 Everton – Premier League
19 January 2019 – Southampton 2-1 Everton – Premier League
2 October 2018 – Everton 1-1 Southampton – League Cup
18 August 2018 – Everton 2-1 Southampton – Premier League
Southampton have won two of their last four Premier League meetings between the sides and the Saints go to Merseyside on Monday in abysmal form. Everton has the chance to close the gap on fourth-placed West Ham who play the league leaders on Saturday and will still have a game in hand after their game on Monday.