Southampton can take a huge step towards safety as they face Everton at St Mary’s Stadium in a crunch relegation clash.
Just three points currently separate both teams either side of the safety mark and a Saints’ win could move them level with Everton, although they would remain in the relegation zone on goal difference.
Everton meanwhile could climb up to tenth with victory and other results going in their favour.
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Moussa Djenepo will be available for Southampton after successfully coming through a substitute appearance against Manchester City, without any recurrence of a muscular injury.
Cedric Soares could also be available after a recent calf injury but Ryan Bertrand is serving the last of a three match ban.
Everton will be without Andre Gomes for at least a few months as he recovers from a dislocated ankle suffered against Tottenham last weekend.
Fabian Delph is doubtful with a tight hamstring and could also be absent alongside Jean-Phillip Gbamin (muscle) and Bernard (knee).
Southampton have taken just one point from their last six league games but have conceded 16 goals in their last three home games in which they lost on all three occasions.
Everton have taken just four points from their last seven league games and are currently on a four match winless away run since drawing at Crystal Palace on the opening day, although they have scored three goals across two of their last three away trips.
- Southampton have taken seven points from their last four league games against Everton (W2, D1, L1).
- Both teams have scored in each of their last five meetings in all competitions.
- In both league meetings last season, the home team ran out 2-1 winners.
- Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse is the only outfield player from both teams to have played every minute in the league this season.
- Southampton’s Angus Gunn and Everton’s Jordan Pickford have both made four high claims each.
With both Southampton and Everton in dire form, both managers surely have to view this as last chance saloon because I can’t see both teams surviving the international break with their managers still in a job.
Southampton were organised last weekend but if they can add their attacking touch to that style, this should be a good game for them against an Everton team low on away confidence and without an influential midfielder in Gomes.
I therefore am expecting a tough game where clinical finishing could be key and given that Southampton made considerable progress last weekend, I fancy them to get the winner here.
Prediction: Southampton 1-0 Everton
Result: Southampton 1-2 Everton