Southampton's last 5 domestic results:Tottenham 3-2 Southampton
Everton FC v Southampton
St Mary's Stadium
Saturday 26th February 12:45
Premier League Match 36
(Rodriguez, Lallana)Southampton 4-0 Newcastle
(Rodriguez x2, Lambert, Lallana)Manchester City 4-1 Southampton
(Lambert Pen) Southampton 0-1 Cardiff Aston Villa 0-0 SouthamptonEverton's last 5 domestic results:Fulham 1-3 Everton
(O.G, Mirallas, Naismith)Everton 3-0 Arsenal
(Naismith, Lukaku, O.G)Sunderland 0-1 Everton
(O.G)Everton 2-3 Crystal Palace
(Naismith, Mirallas)Everton 2-0 Manchester United
(Baines Pen, Mirallas)
Southampton will be looking for an uplifting result here after a stalemate 0-0 draw away to Aston Villa at the weekend having lost the previous 2 matches before that. Southampton's last win came against Newcastle at home, the match immediately before top scorer Jay Rodriguez picked up a season ending injury. Southampton have taken a fairly average 11 points from a possible 24 in matches at home in 2014. These include 3 wins against West Brom, Norwich and Newcastle, draws to Stoke and Arsenal along with defeats to Chelsea, Liverpool and Cardiff without scoring a goal.
Only West Ham have dropped more points from leading positions in the Premier League this season than Southampton. Southampton took a first minute lead at Stamford bridge but lost 3-1 to Chelsea, Tottenham turned it around twice to win 3-2 in both fixtures and West Ham won 3-1 at home despite the saints taking the lead. The other 3 matches which saw Southampton drop points all ended in 2-2 draws. Southampton were pegged back twice at home to Stoke, took a 1-0 lead against Arsenal before grabbing an equaliser for the draw and let slip a 2-0 lead away to Sunderland.
Possible Line Ups
Everton reacted to the midweek disappointment against Crystal Palace with a comfortable 2-0 win against struggling Manchester United to make it 8 wins from their last 9 matches. Belgian winger Kevin Mirallas has contributed 3 goals and 4 assists in his last 8 matches in the Premier League, he was unfortunate not to make that 4 goals but Arteta was adjudged to have put through his own net in the 3-0 win over Arsenal. Everton are looking to make it 4 away victories in a row after putting Newcastle, Fulham and Sunderland to the sword. Everton have scored in each of their last 9 matches, only Liverpool (25!) have scored in more consecutive matches currently.
Roberto Martinez will have to win all of Everton's 3 remaining fixtures to make it Everton's most successful post New Year's Eve points tally in the Premier League. If Everton beat Southampton then it'll draw Everton level with the points tally achieved in this period from 2011-12 having played 4 matches fewer. Only Liverpool (14) and Chelsea (11) have won more matches than Everton (10) in 2014.
Stats & InjuriesSouthampton
: Southampton are without long term injury Jay Rodriguez
and will be without centre backMaya Yoshida
whilst Gaston Ramirez
are unlikely to feature.Everton
: Long Term injuries Arouna Kone
, Darron Gibson
and Bryan Oviedo
along with loanee Lacina Traore
will all miss out this game though Phil Jagielka
and Steven Pienaar
could return. Sylvain Distin has a hamstring concern.