Frank Lampard’s reign at Everton has been a case of ups and downs even at this early stage, with two big wins coming either side of a crushing defeat. After replacing Rafa Benitez at the start of February, Lampard oversaw a 4-1 win over fellow Premier League side Brentford in the fourth round of the FA Cup, a dream start to life at Goodison Park.
But then the real business started in the Premier League and Lampard had a return to forget as Everton were beaten 3-1 by Newcastle at St James’ Park. That was a battle at the bottom of the table and saw Newcastle close the gap on Everton to just one point, but the Toffees were not rocked by the defeat and bounced back to beat Leeds 3-0. Now they must try to link together two wins for the first time under Lampard, or risk falling closer to the relegation zone, currently just five points clear of 18th-placed Norwich.
Southampton, meanwhile, look pretty safe after what was a very good week for the south-coast club. Across the campaign, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men have had some poor runs of form and they have lost more games than they have won in the Premier League, but they currently sit 10th.
There are 12 points between Southampton and the relegation zone, and they go into this game unbeaten in four matches across all competitions including three in the Premier League. Their Premier League unbeaten run is extremely impressive, with one win and two draws from three matches against Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, the latter two being away from home (one win, one draw).
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Southampton vs Everton: Match Stats
In March 2020 Lampard gave Armando Broja his Premier League debut in a 4-0 win for Chelsea over Everton and the Albanian had a couple of good opportunities to score. Fast forward almost two years and Broja is proving himself in the English top flight, thriving on loan at Southampton and has scored two goals in his past five Premier League matches.
Southampton are one of the more frequent corner takers in the Premier League this season, averaging 5.75 per game – with only three teams managing more. And although Everton’s average is second from bottom, ahead of only Brentford, the Toffees still average 4.23 corners per game.
14 August 2021 – Everton 3-1 Southampton – Premier League
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
Last season both sides took a victory each with Southampton winning at St Mary’s and Everton claiming the win at Goodison Park. Everton also won their home match against Southampton this season, winning 3-1 at Goodison Park in what was Rafa Benitez’s first league game in charge. How times have changed.