Everton take on Southampton at Goodison Park on Thursday evening with a 6 pm kick-off.
The Toffees will be looking to bounce back to winning ways after slipping to a 1-0 loss to Tottenham on Monday evening, in a very poor game.
Southampton will travel up to Merseyside in buoyant mood after Sunday’s 1-0 victory against Manchester City, thanks to Che Adams first Premier League goal of the season.
In truth, there is little on this game with Southampton sitting in a comfortable 13th place with 43 points to their name and Everton two places above them, with just a single point separating the sides.
Everton are undefeated in their last nine home Premier League matches and haven’t lost to Southampton in 14 home meetings between the sides in all competitions.
The Saints have enjoyed their travels away from the south coast, having posted successive victories against Watford (3-1) and Norwich (3-0).
The Blues at home have only lost three times this season, with Southampton boasting an impressive eight wins away from St. Mary’s.
When these sides last met in November, it was Everton who recorded a 2-1 victory.
Tom Davies set them on their way with an early strike, with Danny Ings levelling, before Richarlison grabbed the winner with fifteen minutes to go.
In 16 previous meetings between the sides, Everton have seven wins to Southampton’s five, with four of the encounters being drawn.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been in good form this season, having hit 13 goals so far, but is on a bad run of form at the moment, having not scored for five games.
The Brazilian Richarlison currently finds himself sitting two behind Calvert-Lewin with 11 this season.
For the Saints, Ings has been their star player and is in the form of his life for the south coast side with 18 goals, including three in his last four.
Everton could be without Mason Holgate after the defender was injured at Tottenham on Monday.
Definitely out for the Blues is Alex Iwobi who has been ruled out with a hamstring problem.
Southampton winger Moussa Djenepo is out with a calf injury.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is named in the squad after a two-game absence.
There isn’t a lot to choose between the sides with Everton good at home and Southampton decent on the road. I expect a close affair with the game ending 1-1
Match Preview written by Peter Moore