Premier League Betting: Southampton v Everton - Fan v Fan Preview



Southampton perspective: Chris Rann, George Weah's Cousin

Team news

This could be interesting. After the furore of Nigel Adkins' removal on Friday and immediate replacement with Mauricio Pochettino, no one really knows what to expect. Vegard Forren completed his move from Molde SK, so he may come into the defence, but hasn't played for a while. We are led to believe from reports in Spain that Pochettino likes to play a similar formation that we have been employing at home anyway (4-2-3-1), so perhaps the team won't look as different as we might expect. Jose Fonte and Adam Lallana are still out.

Form

Saints have lost just two of their last 12 games, and are looking a much better side than their poor start had suggested. We had struggled to take points of teams in the top half of the table until recently, but have now earnt draws against Chelsea, Arsenal and Stoke respectively. Defensively things have looked a lot better, and Artur Boruc is starting to look like the keeper he was at Celtic.

Head-to-head

Saints took an early lead at Goodison back in September through Gaston Ramirez's first goal for the club, they were soon undone though by a rampant Everton side and lost 3-1. Once a feared 'bogey team', Everton haven't won at St. Mary's since April 2002, with a Saints victory and two draws in the three meetings since.

Best bets

Both teams to score at 1.60. Both sides struggle to keep clean sheets, so I expect to see attacks on top.

Southampton/Draw HT/FT at 15.00. Saints are the second worst team in the Premier League at holding a lead, while Everton usually end matches well.

Everton to get the first card at 1.85. Saints are top of the fair play league and Everton have players who like a challenge.

Score prediction: Southampton 1-1 Everton (6.75)

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Everton perspective: Brian Lewis, Royal Blue Mersey

Team news

After a disappointing draw against Swansea last weekend, Everton will be looking to take all three points in a perfectly winnable game against Southampton. We will be without Kevin Mirallas and Johnny Heitinga, while Darron Gibson will also miss due to an injury sustained in December.

Form

Everton have continued their fantastic form from the first half of the season. After losing to Chelsea over the Christmas period, we've taken four wins from seven league matches. With an easy schedule for the next few weeks, three points will be expected in every match.

Head-to-head

Everton easily dispatched Southampton earlier this season 3-1. Nikica Jelavic got on the scoreboard with 2 fantastic goals in a contest the Toffees dominated. Of course the big question will be how Southampton changes under their new manager. It is possible former results will mean nothing for Monday’s match.

Best bets

Leighton Baines to score at 7.75. Our left-back has been a bit quieter on the goalscoring front than usual, but you can't overlook his dead ball prowess.

Nikica Jelavic to score at 2.50. I think the Croat will end his drought against an erratic Saints defence.

Everton to win at 2.00. I fully expect us to maintain our good form on the south coast.

Score prediction: Southampton 1-2 Everton (8.75)

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