Everton vs. Southampton / Premier League – The last match for Saturday of the penultimate, 37th round of English Premier League brings us clash between the 8th-placed Everton and the 18th-positioned Southamption, which has 16 points fewer and has played one match less. All this suggests that the guests from south of England are those who very much need points. We should add that their head-to-head played last autumn had ended as Southampton victory of even 4-1. Begins: 05.05.2018 – 21:00 CET
On the other hand Everton won the Saints last its Goodison year at by 3-0, which indicates that home-field advantage plays a very important role in their latest matches. True, at this point of the season it is far more important that Everton has absolutely no result imperative, while on the other hand Southampton is locked in bitter survival battle. Everton’s manager Allardyce is very much aware of the situation and knows that ahead of his team is very tough and demanding match.
We have said earlier that Everton plays totally without worries recently, which suits them just fine as they won in two previous rounds Newcastle 2-0 at home and Huddersfield 1-0 away. Everton lost just once in last seven rounds, to the new champion Manchester City at home. Let’s add that due to injuries the Saturday match will skip defenders Mangala and Holgate, midfielder McCarthy and Sigurdsson, and forward Calvert-Lewin.
Probable lineups Everton: Pickford – Coleman, Jagielka, Keane, Baines – Schneiderlin, Gueye – Walcott, Rooney, Bolasie – Tosun
Unlike their Saturday’s rivals who have no worries ahead of the penultimate round, Southampton players are under great pressure given they are still positioned in the drop zone. True, after last week’s home victory over Bournemouth the Saints closed in on the 17th-placed Swansea to just one point, while 15th-positioned West Ham and 16th-placed Huddersfield currently have by three points more.
On the other hand, next-to-last Stoke still has theoretic chance to stay in the Premier League as it has just two points fewer than the Saints but has played one match more than they. Right the postponed match between Swansea and Southampton, which will take place in Wales in just three days, could decide the last team that will be relegated to the second division, so it would be very important for the Saints to win Everton on Saturday. Let’s add that out of action are just injured midfielders Davis and Boufal.
Probable lineups Southampton: McCarthy – Bednarek, Yoshida, Hoedt – Soares, Romeu, Lemina, Bertrand – Tadic, Austin, Redmond
Everton – Southampton PICK
It is fact that the guests need points from the Saturday match far more than the home team as they fight to survive, but we should bear in mind that Everton plays very well lately and consequently it is perhaps the most realistic to play on goals on both sides of the pitch.
Pick: both teams to score
Odds: 1.91 at williamhill (down to 1.82 can be played)