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Sunday 21 September K.O. 16:00



Goodison Park | 29th December 2013 13:30 | Attendance - 39092

Everton v Southampton

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Roberto Martinez expects to have Kevin Mirallas fit for the visit of Southampton despite the stomach bug that forced the Belgian to be substituted at half-time during the Boxing Day defeat to Sunderland.

The Blues boss will be hoping his players all came through that battle with the Black Cats unscathed and that left-back Leighton Baines can at last make a return to the first-team squad.

England man Baines was expected to play some part against Sunderland on Thursday but instead missed his sixth match since fracturing a toe against Liverpool in November.

Tim Howard and Gareth BarryGoalkeeper Tim Howard and midfielder Gareth Barry are suspended for the visit of Southampton.

Two players who will definitely be missing are Tim Howard and Gareth Barry, with the pair set to serve one-match suspensions.

Howard was dismissed for the first time in his eight-season Everton career against Sunderland for a first-half foul on Ki Sung-Yueng, while Barry collected his fifth booking of the campaign for a late challenge on Jack Colback.

Darron Gibson and Arouna Kone (both knee) are both long-term absentees, while a hamstring complaint is expected to keep Gerard Deulofeu out until at least the middle of January.

Southampton, meanwhile, will also contend with suspension as midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin sits out the clash. 

Defender Dejan Lovren missed the Boxing Day win over Cardiff City through illness but could return, while Kelvin Davis is available.

However, Nathaniel Clyne (hamstring), Artur Boruc (hand) and Victor Wanyama (calf) are unlikely to feature until the New Year.


Southampton head to Merseyside ninth in the Barclays Premier League table, with 27 points from their 18 games this term.

Discard home form and the Saints would drop to 10th in the standings, though they have won twice away from St Mary's this term, suffering defeat on just three of their eight outings on the road.

One of those victories came as recently as Boxing Day, when a double for striker Jay Rodriguez and a second goal in as many games from talisman Rickie Lambert saw them stroll to a 3-0 win at Cardiff City.

Jay RodriguezStriker Jay Rodriguez scores one of his two goals in Southampton's 3-0 Boxing Day win at Cardiff City.

Prior to that Mauricio Pochettino's side had not won in six, their most recent triumph having come at home to Hull City in early November.

Everton return to action at Goodison Park looking to put their first home defeat in almost a year behind them and reboot a good run of form that had seen them go 10 games without a loss.

The Blues' tally of just two league reverses this term is still less than any other side in the top flight, while Roberto Martinez's men also boast the table's best defensive record.

Southampton haven't won at Goodison Park since a 2-0 victory in November 1997, while their 7-1 defeat at the stadium in November 1996 remains Everton's joint biggest Premier League win.

Last Meeting

Everton's Monday night trip to Southampton back in January was one to forget as the two sides played out a goalless draw on a bitterly cold night at St Mary's Stadium.

Southampton were playing under manager Mauricio Pochettino for the first time following the surprise departure of Nigel Adkins and the Saints dug deep to impress their new Argentine leader.

Nikica Jelavic celebrates one of his two goals against the Saints at Goodison last season. The Croat's brace helped the Blues come from behind to win 3-1.Nikica Jelavic celebrates the second goal of his double against the Saints at Goodison last season. The Croat's brace helped the Blues come from behind to win 3-1.

A Goodison Park encounter three months earlier had been far more engaging, as the Toffees came from behind to beat their newly-promoted visitors 3-1.

Summer arrival Gaston Ramirez continued his impressive start to life in England by notching the opener just six minutes in, but Leon Osman levelled before a five-minute Nikica Jelavic brace wrapped up the points before the half-time whistle.

What's Happening At Goodison

Fans can head to Goodison Park early on Sunday to soak up the atmosphere in the Fan Zone, with music, giveaways and plenty more going on in the build-up to kick off.

Evertonians will also be able to meet their Blues heroes as they arrive at the Players' Parade from 11am, while a free Everton photo booth will be situated in the Park End car park, allowing you to capture a memory of the final Goodison outing of 2013.

The Club will also pay tribute to supporters who have passed away in 2013, with the game being dedicated to members of the Everton family who are no longer with us.

Fan ZoneThe Fan Zone will be in full swing from around 11.30am.

Before kick-off, the capacity-crowd will be invited to take part in a minute’s applause and supporters in the Park End will be asked to display a fan mosaic by turning over the blue cards left on their seats.

At the same time, a giant flag reading ‘Goodison Park Remembers’ will be passed across the Lower Gwladys Street by supporters.

Hundreds of Evertonians have submitted the names of loved ones who lost their lives in the last 12 months and they will also form part of the tribute.

Tickets for this game are SOLD OUT. Kick off is at 1.30pm.



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