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Matt Le Tissier is hoping his beloved Southampton have more luck at Goodison Park on Saturday than he generally enjoyed as a player.

The newly-promoted Saints travel to Merseyside for their first top-flight meeting with the Blues for seven years.

Le Tissier, nicknamed 'Le God' by Southampton fans, was a mainstay of their Premier League campaigns of the 1990s, but only once left Goodison on the winning side.

By and large the Blues came out on top, including a savage mauling in November 1996 when the late Gary Speed scored a hat-trick to inspire a 7-1 win.

And Le Tissier, now a Sky Sports pundit, told evertontv: “We normally got beat here and I can only remember one win. I scored in a 2-0 victory but otherwise was on the receiving end of a few beatings.

“We got beat by seven that one year I remember and I think we had Chris Woods [now Everton’s goalkeeping coach] in goal and it doesn’t sit well with him. So, no, it was never really a lucky ground for us.”

Le Tissier has already watched Everton three times this season and acknowledges Saints face a tough task.

The Guernsey-born ex-player, famed for his flair and penchant for spectacular goals, has been extremely impressed by the Blues.

He said: “I actually watched Everton at Aston Villa for Soccer Saturday and I was very impressed. Certainly first half was a pretty awesome performance as far as an away team goes. They had a bit of a disappointment at West Brom but have bounced back

“It is about time they maintained their form all season and if any manager deserves to win something for their reign at a club then it is David Moyes.”

As for Saints, Le Tissier believes they can flourish after the fixture list handed them the trickiest of starts.

They got their first win at the weekend as Aston Villa were swept aside and the 43-year-old hopes Nigel Adkins and his side can kick on.

“Starts don’t come much harder than ours,” he added. “The fixtures were not kind so there is a feeling that our season starts now.

“Nigel will try and play football as that is his philosophy and it has got us this far. We have had a change of formation which the players maybe struggled with a little at first, but there has been cause for optimism in the last few games.”

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