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Southampton head to Goodison Park on Saturday for the first time since October 2004.

Here we preview the visit of Nigel Adkins' newly-promoted Saints with the aid of stats, facts and numbers.

1Defeats suffered by Everton in their last 15 league matches, the fewest over that span of games since May 1988.

4 Goals scored by Graeme Sharp against Southampton at the Dell in October 1987.  The Scot recorded a hat-trick in the opening 20 minutes - the third fastest from the start of a game in the Club’s history – before netting the fourth on the hour mark as the Blues strolled to a 4-0 win.

7Current run of home games without defeat against the south coast side, with our last loss to the Saints being a 2-0 reverse in November 1997. The most recent meeting at Goodison in October 2004 ended in a 1-0 victory for the Toffees thanks to a Leon Osman winner two minutes from time.

Leon Osman is congratulated by Tony Hibbert after scoring the winner against Southampton during their last visit to Goodison Park in October 2004.

8Goals scored by Everton in our 8-0 thrashing of Southampton at Goodison in November 1971 - the biggest win for any team in the top-flight during the 1970s. Joe Royle netted four goals, with David Johnson also recording a hat-trick and Alan Ball scoring what proved to be his final goal for the Club. We have also beaten Southampton 7-1 (November 1996), 6-1 (May 1986) and 5-2 (October 1968).

11Goals scored by Joe Royle against the Saints during his time at the Club – more than any other player. As well as the four goals in 1971, the Blues legend also notched a hat-trick at Goodison in a 4-2 victory in September 1969.

19Current run of games in which Everton have avoided defeat when Victor Anichebe has scored – a Club record which exceeds Andy Gray’s tally of 18 matches.

Alan Ball

30Years since Alan Ball made his final top-flight appearance in England for Southampton in a 3-2 victory over Everton at the Dell in October 1982. For the second time after leaving Goodison, the great man missed a penalty against his former club.

42 Victories by Everton against Southampton in 86 competitive meetings in all competitions. The 8-0 win in 1971 remains our biggest over the Saints, while our heaviest reverse has been 3-0.

45 Points for Everton in the Premier League during 2012. Only Manchester City (53) and Manchester United (56) have amassed more. Our record is P26 W12 D9 L5.

Howard Kendall

277Career appearances for Howard Kendall in a Blue shirt, the first of which was a 1-0 home defeat against Saturday’s visitors in March 1967.

Stats courtesy of Gavin Buckland (@GavinBuckland1)

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