Southampton v Everton - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

Southampton will be looking to stop the rot and get their challenge for a Champions League place back on track, whilst Everton will be looking for back-to-back victories this weekend.

To be played on Saturday 20th December 2014 at 15:00. Venue: St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton

Odds: Southampton 16/11, Draw 12/5, Everton 9/4

After such an impressive start to the season, there are going to be some writing of Southampton's chances of improbably securing a European spot this season.

They've lost each of their last five games in all competitions, the latest a 1-0 defeat to League One side Sheffield United in the League Cup. Prior to that they played a tough set of fixtures against Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United - before failing to stop the rot with a 1-0 defeat to Burnley.

Everton will be looking to build on their good win over Queens Park Rangers on Monday night where Ross Barkley was the star of the show. Roberto Martinez's side currently sit 10th in the table, and are looking to kick on. It seems that finishing in the top four remains the aim for the Toffees.

“I like the way they [Everton] play. It's all about football and possession, and that's why Saturday will be an attractive match.”
Ronald Koeman

“They [Southampton] are based on attacking football and full of flair. I really like watching them and they are a team who can compete for the top six.”
Roberto Martinez

Southampton injury news

Dusan Tadic ★★ questionable 'minor' injury

Steven Davis ★★ questionable 'minor' injury

Graziano Pellè ★★ questionable 'minor' injury

Jay Rodriguez ★★★ out ACL injury

Jake Hesketh ★★★ out Knee

Jack Cork ★★★ out Ankle

Sam Gallagher ★★★ out Knee

Everton injury news

Kevin Mirallas ★★★ out Ankle - 26th December

Leon Osman ★★★ out Ankle

Darron Gibson ★★ questionable Knee - Rated 50/50

James McCarthy ★★ questionable Hamstring - Rated 50/50

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