Everton's last 5 domestic matches 2013/2014:Manchester United 0-1 Everton
Everton FC v Southampton FC
Sunday 29th December 13:30
Premier League match 19
(Oviedo)Arsenal 1-1 Everton
(Deulofeu)Everton 4-1 Fulham
(Osman, Coleman, Barry, Mirallas)Swansea 1-2 Everton
(Coleman, Barkley)Everton 0-1 SunderlandSouthampton's last 5 domestic matches 2013/2014:Southampton 2-3 Aston Villa
(Rodriguez, Osvaldo)Southampton 1-1 Manchester City
(Osvaldo)Newcastle 1-1 Southampton
(Rodriguez)Southampton 2-3 Tottenham
(Lallana, Lambert)Cardiff 0-3 Southampton
(Rodriguez x2, Lambert)
Everton finally lost a league game at Goodison Park on boxing day as Sunderland took home the spoils in a 1-0 win to become the first side to take away 3 points in 2013. It was the 5th time Everton have failed to score a goal in a match this season. It was also the 5th time that Everton have conceded a penalty this season which is the highest in the premier league, Everton are still to be rewarded with one themselves. Tim Howard is the first Everton player to receive a red card this season.
Since the transfer window closed in early September, only Manchester City and Arsenal have managed to gain more points in the premier league. Everton sit third in the table as they moved above both Liverpool and Chelsea managing 31 points from a possible 45 dropping 2 points to Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Tottenham along with defeats to Manchester City and Sunderland.
Possible Line Ups
Southampton ended an unwanted run of 8 games without victory on Boxing Day as they quickly demolished Cardiff 3-0 in South Wales with all 3 goals coming in the opening 27 minutes. Southampton's strong start to the season was hindered with a tough run of games against Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Newcastle and Tottenham within 6 fixtures which included a slip up against Aston Villa at home. The victory over Cardiff was their first clean sheet in 8 games and only Arsenal, Norwich and West Ham have stopped Southampton from scoring this season.
Regardless of the result, Southampton will go into the new year in 9th place which will be the second highest position they have occupied in the premier league at that stage. The only year that was topped was in 2002-03 which saw Southampton finish in 8th place. It is also the second highest points total that Southampton have achieved at that stage of the season.
Stats and Injuries/Suspensions
Everton will definitely be without the trio of Darron Gibson, Arouna Kone
and Gerard Deulofeu
who are all nursing longer term injuries whilst they could also be without Kevin Mirallas
who appeared to be suffering with illness against Sunderland and was subbed off. Tim Howard will be suspended after his red card whilst Gareth Barry picked up his 5th yellow card of the season. Leighton Baines
could return from injury.Artur Boruc
, Victor Wanyama
and Guly Do Prado
are all sidelined until January for the Saints whilst Dani Osvaldo
and Nathaniel Clyne
are set for late fitness tests. Morgan Schneiderlin
picked up his fifth booking and will miss the match through suspendion.Southampton 2-2 Everton. 2005. bent.