The appointment of Benitez at Goodison Park was met with some criticism given his Liverpool links and previous comments on Everton, but the Spaniard is in charge and now business has to start. Everton have brought in three new players so far, signing Andros Townsend, Asmir Begovic and Demarai Gray, while letting the likes of Theo Walcott, Bernard and Joshua King leave. The Toffees were also one of the few Premier League teams to go overseas for their pre-season, taking part in the Florida Cup, facing Millonarios and UNAM in Orlando.
Southampton have also had a busy summer in the transfer window, but their biggest stories have unfortunately come in departures, with Danny Ings leaving for Aston Villa in a move that surprised everyone – a testament to those behind the deal given how transfers are often spoiled on social media. But in recent days, Southampton have looked to replace Ings, signing Armando Broja on loan from Chelsea and Adam Armstrong from Blackburn, with Walcott now back on the south coast permanently. In pre-season, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side played five times against a variety of opponents, winning three including a 1-0 victory over Levante.
Everton vs Southampton: Match Stats
Richarlison was the star for Brazil as they won Olympic gold in Tokyo, scoring five goals including a hat-trick in their opening group game against Germany. Although the final was just under a week ago, the striker will not go on holiday and instead returns directly to Finch Farm, as part of an agreement with Everton. As a result, Richarlison could be in line to feature in the Premier League’s opening weekend, looking to carry on his Olympic form.
In the Southampton corner, Adam Armstrong has been brought in to replace Ings and the former Blackburn striker had an excellent season in the Championship on which he will be hoping to build in the top flight. The English striker scored 28 goals in the Championship last season, second only to Ivan Toney, including 20 from open play.
Everton vs Southampton: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Everton 2-1 Southampton
Everton vs Southampton: Odds
Everton vs Southampton: Head to Head
1 March 2021 – Everton 1-0 Southampton – Premier League
25 October 2020 – Southampton 2-0 Everton – Premier League
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
The recent games between Everton and Southampton have been fairly even with both sides taking a victory last season. Southampton won the opening fixture at St Mary’s with a 2-0 victory, but Everton had the last laugh at Goodison Park, winning 1-0.