Southampton vs Everton Match Preview: Previous Meeting, Key Men, Teams News & More

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Southampton entertain Everton at St. Mary's Stadium this weekend with both clubs desperate to secure victory for their flagging campaigns.

The Saints have only won one of the past seven Premier League matches while the Blues are in need of a huge pick-me-up after Thursday's thrashing by Atalanta in the Europa League.

As always, here's everything you need to know ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash:

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Previous Meeting

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Everton left it late against a Southampton at Goodison Park in January, but the Toffees ended up running out 3-0 winners thanks to a flurry of goals in the final 17 minutes.

The Saints held firm for 73 minutes of the contest before substitute Enner Valencia pounced to hand Ronald Koeman's men a deserved lead.

Leighton Baines' penalty and Romelu Lukaku's strike in the final 10 minutes put the gloss on the victory for the hosts as Koeman and Everton got revenge for the 1-0 reverse on the south coast in November.

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Key Men

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With goals at a premium for Southampton, Saints fans may have to look elsewhere for someone who could prove to be the difference.

That man may well be Shane Long, whose movement off the ball, running in behind defensive lines and general nuisance factor will pull Everton's ailing defence all over the shop.

Long's tireless running and tendency to drift out wide will leave space for others to exploit, and gaps in Everton's rearguard from his movement could be vital in helping Manolo Gabbiadini and co. to take advantage

For Everton, the revitalised Oumar Niasse would be our pick but, due to his retrospective two-match ban for diving against Crystal Palace, others will have to step up to the plate.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin's youthful exuberance, then, could be key in helping the away team build attacks and make the most of the hosts' own shoddy defence.

The 20-year-old, like Long, could frustrate the opposition's backline and his improving hold-up play will no doubt help bring the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Aaron Lennon into promising positions.

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Team News

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Mauricio Pellegrino will try to give Mario Lemina every chance to prove his fitness as he bids to overcome a troublesome ankle injury. Jeremy Pied remains the only other absentee as he continues to battle back from a long-term knee injury.

David Unsworth is without Niasse as he starts his two-game suspension, while Seamus Coleman, Ross Barkley and Yannick Bolasie are someway off first-team returns despite stepping up their recoveries from broken leg, hamstring and cruciate knee ligament injures.

Predicted Southampton Starting Lineup: Forster; Soares, Yoshida, Van Dijk, Bertrand; Redmond, Romeu, Davies, Tadic; Long, Gabbiadini.


Predicted Everton Starting Lineup: Pickford; Kenny, Keane, Jagielka, Baines; Gueye, Baningime; Lennon, Sigurdsson, Lookman, Calvert-Lewin.

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Prediction

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With only nine clean sheets between this pairing from the 36 matches they have cumulatively played this term, goals will be in decent supply come Sunday afternoon.

Both clubs have picked up three wins apiece from the last seven meetings and both should fancy their chances of securing victory if they can somehow keep it tight at the back.

The chances of that are slim, however, so expect an entertaining draw for the neutral - and another frustrating goals fest for both Saints and Toffees fans.

Prediction: Southampton 2-2 Everton