Everton travel to Southampton on Saturday looking nervously over their shoulders at the relegation zone.
The Toffees sit 17th on 11 points, just three ahead of Saturday’s hosts having won just one of their last seven Premier League games.
Southampton have looked much improved since their 9-0 humiliation against Leicester City, managing to restrict Manchester City to 3-1 and 2-1 scorelines in the Carabao Cup and Premier League respectively, although both games still ended in defeat. Saints also sit 19th in the table after Watford got their first win of the season against Norwich City.
Can Marco Silva ease the pressure on his job, or can Ralph Hasenhuttl draw level with his surprise relegation rival? Read on for Southampton v Everton predictions, preview, key players and team news.
When is Southampton vs Everton and where can I watch live?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: St. Mary’s
Date: Saturday, 9 November 2019
Kick-off: 3:00 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): N/A
Last five meetings: Southampton vs Everton
19 January 2019: Southampton 2-1 Everton (Premier League)
02 October 2018: Everton 1-1 Southampton (League Cup)
18 August 2018: Everton 2-1 Southampton (Premier League)
05 May 2018: Everton 1-1 Southampton (Premier League)
26 November 2017: Southampton 4-1 Everton (Premier League)
Aggregate Score: Southampton (WDLDW) 9-6 Everton (LDWDL)
Ones to watch
Southampton: Danny Ings
Defeat on Saturday would leave the Saints in massive trouble, so they simply must take the game to Everton.
Key to that will be Danny Ings, who will have to be alert to any opportunities that may come his way. Furthermore, a chance to score a goal against his former Merseyside derby rival is not one Ings will want to pass up.
Key stat: Ings has scored four Premier League goals so far this season, at least twice as many as any other Southampton player.
Everton fans are desperate to see their side match the commitment levels they show on the terraces every week, and one player they can count on to lead the charge is Richarlison.
The Brazil international hasn’t been as prolific in front of goal as he was last season, but still plays a key role in turning the ball over in the final third. Sure, Silva will need more goals from Richarlison, but he remains a hugely important player in his side.
Key stat: Richarlison has made more tackles (33) than any other Everton player in the Premier League this season.
Hasenhuttl has made two changes from the team beaten by Manchester City last weekend, with Moussa Djenepo and Cedric Soares returning in place of Yan Valery and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – who has not even made the bench.
Predicted XI: McCarthy; Bednarek, Vestergaard, Stephens; Cedric, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Armstrong, Djenepo; Redmond, Ings.
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Andre Gomes has undergone successful surgery following his horrific injury against Tottenham Hotspur last time out but is obviously set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Bernard also remain injured.
Fabian Delph has failed to pass a late fitness test after aggravating a hamstring problem, meaning Morgan Schneiderlin comes in. There are also starts for Gylfi Sigurdsson and Cenk Tosun.
Predicted XI: Pickford; Sidibe, Holgate, Mina, Digne; Davies, Schneiderlin; Walcott, Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Tosun.
Southampton will take heart from their double-header against Man City after their 9-0 drubbing to Leicester but still desperately need points on the board. Fortunately, they face an Everton side devoid of confidence and with just one win in their past six visits to St. Mary’s – losing the other five.
Scoreline prediction: Southampton 2-1 Everton