ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Saturday, 19th January 2019, 8.30 pm IST, St Mary’s Stadium
ODDS: Southampton: 2.75, Everton: 2.7, Draw: 3.4
FREE ESPN PREMIER LEAGUE PICK Southampton vs Everton
The title race and the relegation battle both have reached a crucial stage of the tournament. Teams will start falling apart in the mid-season which will make a difference at the end. Everton is comfortably placed in the mid-table, but Southampton has a task in their hand. The Saints are fighting a relegation battle with the team positioned at a 16th place in the table. The two teams meet each other on the weekend at St Mary’s Stadium. Southampton will be hoping to maintain their recent form under the new manager Ralph Hasenhüttl. Everton will try to catch up with Manchester United in the table.
Southampton has demonstrated a couple of improvements recently. The team gained a win against Leicester in their previous match along with a crucial draw against Chelsea. Everton’s performance has been quite an average this season. The blues won two and lost three in their previous five matches. The club from St Mary’s has been inconsistent from the Christmas period which has led to their drop in the table. Marco Sila has done everything possible with his signings to aspire club’s top four finish. Ademole Lookman, Michael Keane and Lucas Digne- all have impressed in the team.
The Saints have some good news from the bench before coming into this weekend match. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Yan Valery and Charlie Austin will be returning back from their suspension. Danny Ings is also expected to make a return from his injury. Ryan Bertrand and Mario Lemina have been struggling with injuries this season and both have a thin chance to make it to the team. Everton is without any injuries in their squad. This will be a huge boost for the Everton manager. James Mcarthy is likely to return after his leg break. Ademole Lookman has impressed from the right wing and there is a significant chance that the winger is given another chance over Theo Walcott.
FREE PREMIER LEAGUE PREDICTION Southampton Vs Everton
It’s hard to bet on the winner in this match. Both the teams can go to the wire tomorrow. Everton is having slightly a more realistic chance because of the quality of players in the team however Southampton can turn over the result with the help of their recent form. The blues had emerged victorious by two goals to one when the two teams met last time in the Premier League. Marco’s men will be hoping to score through their free kicks and down the wings. They have to defend set pieces and avoid individual errors to gain three crucial points. The reds known for stealing the ball from the opposition will be looking to finish it in the box through counter attacks. It will be an important mid-table clash in England whose result will have a larger impact on Ralph’s team than the blues.