The Everton fans may be unhappy with Sam Allardyce taking the reins at Goodison Park, but they can’t argue with the results he’s managed. He has taken the club from near the relegation zone up to 8th in his short time in Liverpool, and whilst a Europa League qualification spot does look out of reach, they have made significant improvements in the second half of the season.
Last weekend they beat the relegation threatened Huddersfield 2-0 at the John Smiths Stadium, following on from a 1-0 win over Newcastle, to make it four games unbeaten in the league. Their last defeat was at home to Manchester City, but that was to be expected in all honesty.
The Toffees home form is excellent though. They have lost just five Premier League games this season, and four of those came against the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Spurs. The other one was against Burnley, meaning they are unbeaten against teams below them in the table at Goodison Park, with ten wins and three draws coming from their remaining 13 hostings.
Southampton won’t like the sound of those figures, because the south coast club are in dire need of reprieve. They did manage a 2-1 win over Bournemouth last weekend to finally bring an end to their eight match winless streak in the league. However, they remain in big trouble.
The Saints currently sit 18th in the table with a one point deficit on safety, and they know the next couple of weeks are crucial for the future of the club. They have a trip to fellow relegation candidates Swansea in midweek, a tie that could prove the turning point in the relegation battle. They would love to be going into that match outside the bottom three though.
That situation does look increasingly unlikely though. Southampton have managed just one win in their last 15 trips away in the Premier League, losing eight times in the process. Now they come up against an in form Everton side who have an excellent home record, so we think it’s well worth backing a home win here along with a 2-0 correct score predictions.
Cenk Tosun arrived in Everton in January, and although it did take him some time to hit his stride, he’s looking an excellent buy at the moment. He scored at Huddersfield last weekend and has now scored four goals in Everton’s last seven games, so we think he’s an excellent choice for our anytime goalscorer predictions.
Everton Predicted Lineup: Pickford, Coleman, Jagielka, Keane, Baines, Schneiderlin, Gueye, Rooney, Bolasie, Walcott, Tosun
Southampton Predicted Lineup: McCarthy, Hoedt, Bednarek, Yoshida, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Long