To be played on Sunday 27th November 2016 at 16:30. Venue: St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton
Odds: Southampton 23/20, Draw 9/4, Everton 5/2
Southampton manager Claude Puel
It could prove to be a thoroughly entertaining game between Southampton and Everton on Sunday as the two teams gear up for a must win match.
Southampton have seen their early season troubles continue of late with the club languishing in 11th place in the league with 14 points, four clear of Hull City in 18th. It has not been the sort of start they would have hoped for, but they do seem to be improving with each week.
Everton on the other hand have seen their good early season form stutter, with the Toffees losing ground on the leading pack, now trailing leaders Chelsea by nine points.
Form wise, the two sides have actually been in similar troubles of late. Both Southampton and Everton have won one, drawn three and lost twice in their last six.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman
This game constitutes a chance for either team to turn their poor form around, and send out a statement as both are sides that will feel a top half finish is where they belong.
Injury wise, Southampton have Dusan Tadic (head), Matt Targett (thigh), Alex McCarthy (thigh) and Florin Gardos (lack of match fitness) all ruled out, while Jose Fonte is expected to overcome a foot injury.
Southampton's Dusan Tadic in action
For Everton, Muhamed Besic (knee), Oumar Niasse, and Darren Gibson (lacking match fitness) are all out, with Arouna Kone could feature as he faces a late fitness test.
Barnsley's Tom Bradshaw (R) in action against Everton's Muhamed Besic
With this in mind, here is how we expect the two teams to line up:
- Fraser Forster
- Ryan Bertrand
- Cédric Soares
- José Fonte
- Virgil van Dijk
- Sofiane Boufal
- Steven Davis
- Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
- Oriol Romeu
- Nathan Redmond
- Charlie Austin
- Maarten Stekelenburg
- Leighton Baines
- Seamus Coleman
- Phil Jagielka
- Ashley Williams
- Ross Barkley
- Gareth Barry
- Idrissa Gueye
- Aaron Lennon
- Yannick Bolasie
- Romelu Lukaku