My regular readers will be used to reading my thoughts on upcoming Everton games. For a change I thought it would be nice to get the thoughts and views of an opposing fan so have set some questions for an opposing fan to answer. Here are the thoughts of Chris, a Southampton fan and fellow blogger on how he sees things shaping up for Everton and Southampton on Monday and beyond.
1: How do you feel Southampton are performing this season and what are your hopes and expectations for them? Where do you think you will finish?
Of late we have been a lot better, we started poorly results wise but weren’t playing that badly, then started playing badly but now are pretty consistent and taking a few teams by surprise. I think we will stay up, how high we will finish is almost impossible to predict. Lot’s of twists and turns to come.
2: The January transfer window is upon us. Where do you see Southampton strengthening?
Defensively. We have to bring in some more defenders, although the starting back four are looking better with every game, the backups leave a lot to be desired.
3: Who would you consider the player Everton should see as the biggest threat on Monday?
Rickie Lambert. He’s a scouser and a red at that, and he is proving a lot of pundits wrong with his 10 Premier League goals so far. On a good day he is a nightmare for any defender.
4: How do you think Southampton will approach the game? Will there be any changes in personnel or approach to combat Everton?
We’re at home so I expect us to dominate possession and attack it has served us well so far, we won’t be afraid to take the game to Everton. We won’t change our approach.
5: Which Everton players worry you?
. Solid as a rock and very good at what he does, I can see our centre halves struggling against him. Pienaar and Jelavic
will no doubt be lively too.
6: What result do you predict?
I’d like to think we are capable of a result at home, confidence will be high after the Chelsea game. 2-1 Saints.
7: What do you think Southampton’s weaknesses are?
Well defence has been an issue, though it has improved recently. We are missing Fonte at the moment though so it could be an issue. Goalkeeping has been a big problem too, we have used three keepers and all have made mistakes, but Artur Boruc has looked a lot better as he returns to match fitness.
8: What are Southampton’s strengths?
Going forward. When our front four click they are very good at overrunning teams. Our central midfield pairing of Schneiderlin and Cork have been fantastic too. Both extremely underrated players, and hopefully stays that way!
9: What do you perceive to be Everton’s weaknesses?
I’m not sure you have any particular weak areas. You have a very good team unit. I suppose it might be not keeping clean sheets.are You haven’t had many this season.
10: And Everton’s strengths?
Your team unity. Like I said you don’t have any particularly weak areas, just a very good team.
11: How do you think Everton are performing and where do you think they will finish?
I think they are going great. I’m an admirer from a far of Moyes
and his team, they never get the headlines but are always amongst the chasing pack. I think they will be a European qualifier this year.