Preview: Everton v Southampton
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Southampton are the visitors to Goodison Park on Saturday. Here we tell you everything you need to know ahead of the clash with Nigel Adkins' side.
David Moyes rotated his squad for the midweek Capital One Cup game against Leeds and the Scot is likely to welcome back some key players for the visit of the Saints. Tony Hibbert, who has missed the Blues’ last two games with a calf problem, could also return but Darron Gibson (thigh) is out.
Midfielder Jack Cork will need to undergo an assessment on the injury that forced him off during Southampton's League Cup victory over Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday. Zambian striker Emmanuel Mayuka is expected to recover from an ankle knock in time.
Last outing: 1-2 (a) Leeds United, Tuesday 25 September
Last five: WLDWL
Everton will be looking to bounce back from Tuesday’s defeat at Leeds and continue their good recent run in the Premier League. Last weekend’s 3-0 win at Swansea took the Blues’ points tally for the season to 10 in five games. David Moyes’ men are also unbeaten in seven at home.
Last outing: 2-0 (h) Sheffield Wednesday, Tuesday 25 September
Last five: WLLWL
A tricky start to the 2012/13 campaign pitted the newly-promoted Southampton against Manchester City, Wigan Athletic, Manchester United and Arsenal and, perhaps unsurprisingly, Nigel Adkins’ side failed to pick up a single point from their opening four games. However, last weekend’s 4-1 rout against Aston Villa proved they are in no way out of their depth in this division.
1) Everton have suffered just one defeat in their last 15 games - the fewest number over that span of matches since May 1988.
2) The Blues have lost none of their last seven home meetings with the Saints. A 2-0 reverse in November 1997 remains our only Goodison defeat against Saturday's visitors in the Premier League era.
3) Following last Saturday's victory over Swansea, Everton's points tally for 2012 stands at 45. Only Manchester United and Manchester City have amassed more.
For more stats, check out our feature 'Magic Numbers'.
Everton captain Phil Neville on bouncing back from the disappointment at Leeds… “You've got to move on in football. It's about how you react to things like that. That's the big test for us now and we've got a difficult game on Saturday. They've got good front players, they've come up with enthusiasm but they had an incredible start to the season in terms of their fixture list and they're just coming out of that period now. I'm sure their win last weekend will have given them confidence and we need to make sure we produce that same level of performance we did against Swansea.”
Liverpool-born Southampton striker Rickie Lambert… "For me, as a scouser, it’s definitely one I’ve been looking forward to. Everton are flying at the minute but even when they’re not flying it’s a hard place to go and we know we’ve got a hard game on our hands.”
Southampton 2-2 Everton, 6 February 2005
Everton rescued a last-ditch point at St Mary's thanks to a 92nd-minute equaliser from Marcus Bent. A good afternoon had looked in prospect after former Saints striker James Beattie had put the Blues in front just four minutes in but the hosts hit back through Peter Crouch and Henri Camara to turn the clash on its head. However, with just seconds on the clock, Bent popped up on the right-hand side of the box to lash past Phil Smith and earn a share of the spoils.
Everton 7-1 Southampton, 16 November 1996
Everton have racked up quite a record of high-scoring wins over Southampton down the years but this one in late 1996 was up there with the best. Everton's manager Joe Royle once scored four against the Saints as a player at Goodison Park and saw his side take an early lead through Graham Stuart. After that the Blues ran riot, and though Egil Ostenstad grabbed one for the visitors, a brace from Andrei Kanchelskis, three from Gary Speed and another from Nick Barmby ensured the Club's joint-highest Premier League win.
On Saturday 29 September 1984, Everton played out a nine-goal thriller at Watford’s Vicarage Road. Adrian Heath (2), Derek Mountfield, Graeme Sharp and Trevor Steven were all on the scoresheet as the would-be champions notched up a valuable 5-4 win.
Players who have turned out for both clubs include Alan Ball, Barry Horne, James Beattie, Mark Hughes, Jimmy Gabriel and Andrei Kanchelskis.
Current Saints left-back Danny Fox was an Academy player at Everton, while our current goalkeeping coach had a short loan spell on the south coast, one of his four league appearances being Everton’s aforementioned 7-1 victory in 1996!
Tickets for this game are still available. To buy yours over the phone call 0871 663 1878 or to purchase online, click here. Supporters can also buy in person at the Park End box office or from city centre sales points in Everton Two and TicketQuarter.
Referee: Mr L Probert
Assistant referee: Mr R Ganfield
Assistant referee: Mr M McDonough
Fourth Offical: Mr R East
Our official online betting partner Paddy Power are offering a range of odds on Saturday’s game. Here's our pick of the best:
Everton to win without conceding: 7/5
Marouane Fellaini to score first: 5/1
Leon Osman to score first: 10/1
Over 3.5 goals: 6/4