Faced with the requirement of the fans and respective ambition of both clubs. Southampton are in 14th place with just 13 points, just 3 points behind West Ham, who occupy 18th place.
The opponent of the day is only 1 point back in 16th place so we will be facing two teams to consider a vulnerable and supposedly more accessible opponent on this journey.
A team that has always developed good players in its layers and that has always been very consistent with the football practiced, the Saints arrive in a series of 11 games with only 2 victories achieved.
Never before known by a high offensive capacity, I am not impressed with the number of goals achieved so far (9) but I am impressed to maintain good defensive stability with the terrible form in the championship,
this is because they are the 6th best defense of the Premier League with only 14 goals conceded. Defeats at home against Burnley and Watford and a draw at zero against Swansea, also at home,
are the most disappointing results of the season because they were forced to achieve a better result.
The victories were all before teams in the classification which brings us some confidence for a possible victory of the Saints, however, finished 6 games without scoring any goal.
Quote from: Mauricio Pellegrino, Southampton Coach
“We are 5 points from 8th place and 4 points above the last 3 teams … this is the Premier League and it is impressive because it is really competitive and also very difficult.
I’m not scared of my job. I’m scared of many things, but not with that. The biggest risk in football is working in football, because you always need results. ”
A coach who still looks for experience in the Premier League to show that competitiveness is what has complicated this start of season. Before the end of the year they face Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United
so it is mandatory to leave with 3 points of this journey to reach this stage with a greater margin in the points goal. Oriol Romeu will be the biggest casualty that ends up affecting a sector of the terrain that counts on players like Wayne Rooney and Sigurdsson.
Mario Lemina is in doubt and if it is available you can fill that absence. Pellegrino has the squad almost all at disposal and to play at home seems to have everything to achieve a good result.
The opponent goes from bad to worse and arrives in a wave of pressure throughout the squad. Without wins away from home and with the 4th worst defense of the season with 24 goals conceded, this Everton arrives without knowing what changes to make.
An investment in all sectors saw the club strengthen itself with Wayne Rooney, Sigurdsson, Schneiderlin, Michael Keane and Pickford but the poor performance in all sectors leave to think what failed in that market.
Ronald Koeman is out of control and it is David Unsworth who now leads the Toffees who has already left some aggressive words for the performance of their players.
Last Thursday, Everton suffered a heavy defeat to the Europa League at home to Atalante who thrashed them 5-1.
It was certain that the team could not get the qualification but 15 goals conceded in the group brings shame to England and the squad. The fatigue will be present in some of the players who have seen the ownership be awarded.
Quote from: David Unsworth, Everton Coach
“I would like to think that all players are suffering the way I am and if they are not, then they should leave this great club.
The minimum requirement is 100% effort. I asked the players to make a difficult life for me to leave out on this Saturday but most facilitated this task. ”
Hard life in the club and seemingly heavy environment in the resort. To complicate the list of absences could not be greater with Oumar Niasse and Tom Davies to meet suspension in this match and Jagielka and Schneiderlin in doubt.
Holgate, McCarthy, Ross Barkley, Bolasie, Coleman and Fuenes Mori remain out due to injury.
Prognosis Southampton vs Everton:
Tiredness, pressure, lack of playability and bad atmosphere seem to reign supreme in the Liverpool side who have not won any of the 6 away games this season.
They have also conceded goals in 11 out of 12 games this season, having just avoided Stoke City at Goodison Park.
On the side of the home we have a Saints with more favoritism but to maintain the poor offensive income and against the values of 1.78 presented by the bookies in his victory I do not see any value in risking in this team.
I do not expect many goals in this match because we are facing teams that score few goals and with that I believe we have a complicated result to predict but that goes against that market