Southampton v Everton
Everton boss David Moyes is again expected to be without right-back Tony Hibbert (calf) and midfielder Darron Gibson (thigh) for the trip to the south coast. A persistent hamstring injury means winger Kevin Mirallas has featured just once since mid-November, while centre-back John Heitinga has missed the Blues' last two games with a minor knock.
Southampton will be without Portuguese defender Jose Fonte and highly-rated midfielder Adam Lallana as both have been sidelined by knee injuries.
Last outing: 0-0 (h) Swansea City, Saturday 12 January
Last six: WWLWWD
Everton may have been held to a goalless stalemate by the Swans last weekend but they remain undefeated since the turn of the year. The Blues have now lost just once in their last 10 matches in all competitions.
Last outing: 2-2 (a) Chelsea, Wednesday 16 January
Last six: DDDLWD
Second half goals from Rickie Lambert and Jason Puncheon saw Saints overturn a two-goal deficit to earn an impressive point at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. The draw extended their unbeaten league run to five games - though that spell does include only one win.
1) Monday’s match will be David Moyes’ 499th in charge of Everton. His record against the Saints reads four wins, three draws and one defeat from eight matches against the south coast club.
2) Phil Neville will be celebrating his 36th birthday on the day of the game. The captain has so far played 296 matches for Everton since his £3.5million switch from Manchester United in August 2005.
3) Goals can be expected as the last time the two teams played out a scoreless draw on Southampton’s home patch was at the Dell in April 1993.
Everton 3-1 Southampton, 29 September, 2012
Everton overcame a fifth-minute blip to take maximum points in the corresponding fixture at Goodison Park earlier in the season. Gaston Ramirez’s goal gave Southampton a surprise lead but the Blues rallied with a 15-minute blitz to ensure Saints' first visit to Goodison Park for eight years was to end in disappointment. Leon Osman’s equaliser was added to by a quick-fire double from Nikica Jelavic just before half-time to secure a deserved 3-1 victory.
Southampton 2-2 Everton, 6 February 2005
Marcus Bent’s injury-time goal helped Everton snatch a point on their last trip to St Mary’s nearly eight years ago, a match which saw Mikel Arteta make his debut for the Club. The Blues had taken a fourth-minute lead when James Beattie volleyed past stand-in goalkeeper Paul Smith, though Harry Redknapp’s side fought-back to turn the game on its head through strikes from Peter Crouch and Henri Camara either side of half-time. Conceding that late Bent goal had damaging consequences for Saints – they were eventually relegated and those two dropped points would have been enough to preserve their top-flight status. As for Everton, the point kept them right in the hunt for Champions League qualification.
David Moyes has yet to taste defeat as Everton boss in matches played on 21 January. He has been involved in three previous fixtures on the date, most recently a year ago when Tim Cahill’s goal helped earn a point against Blackburn Rovers. Prior to that, two goals from Mikel Arteta saw Everton beat Wigan Athletic 2-0 in 2007 and James Beattie notched the only goal of the game in a memorable win over Arsenal at Goodison Park in 2006.
Players who have turned out for both clubs include Alan Ball, Barry Horne, James Beattie, Mark Hughes, Peter Reid, Paul Rideout, Terry Curran, Kevin Richardson, Richard Wright and Jimmy Gabriel.
Andrei Kanchelskis represented Everton for one season in 1996/97 and scored two goals in a 7-1 win over Southampton that term. He later went on to represent the Saints, although the Russian made just two substitute appearances in 2002.
Lee Molyneux and Danny Fox, both left-backs to come through the Everton Academy, also have ties with Monday's opponents.
Everton will be taking in excess of 2,300 fans to St Mary’s on Monday evening and, at present, match tickets are still available after the Club was given an extended allocation. These are now on general sale from the Park End box office, by calling 0871 663 1878 or online here. Places on the official Club coaches are also still available and these can be booked by phoning the aforementioned telephone number.
Referee: N Swarbrick
Assistant Referee: S Ledger
Assistant Referee: M Scholes
Fourth Official: L Probert
Our official online betting partner Paddy Power are offering a range of odds on Monday’s game. Here's our pick of the best:
Everton to win: Evens
Everton to win 1-0: 7/1
Everton to win 3-1: 13/1
Leighton Baines to score first: 14/1
Sylvain Distin to score first and Everton to win 2-0: 175/1