Everton travels to Southampton looking for a third unbeaten Premier League result in a row.
A draw against Crystal Palace and a dramatic victory over Watford, have given fans some respite in the Premier League.
However, The Toffees are still in a turbulent state with David Unsworth in caretaker managerial charge. The former Everton player has overseen six matches in all competitions but managed just one win.
Southampton vs Everton: Toffees looking for unbeaten league run
Their latest match ended in embarrassment with a 5-1 home loss to Atlanta in the Europa League. This game was a fourth loss for Everton under Unsworth, three which have come in cup competitions. A further concern for fans has been the side failing to keep a clean sheet in their last 11 matches.
Southampton head into the weekend game one point above Everton. The Saints have only won once in their last seven matches, with draws against Newcastle and Brighton.
Last weekend saw the home side lose their second game in a row, with a 3-0 defeat against Liverpool.
Neither side is in great form with only Huddersfield, Swansea, and Crystal Palace scoring fewer league goals this season than Mauricio Pellegrino’s side. While fellow struggling side West Ham are the only side to concede more goals than Everton.
The home side is without Oriol Romeu, who is suspended after getting his fifth yellow card at Anfield. While fellow midfielder Mario Lemina is likely to start, as he makes his way back from an ankle injury. The solution could be James Ward-Prowse featuring in central midfield.
Everton’s attacking threat of Oumar Niasse will serve the first of two-matchch ban. The striker became the first Premier League player to be retrospectively banned for diving. Midfilder Morgan Schneiderlin did not feature in Thursday’s defeat through suspension. However, the former Saints midfielder is struggling with a toe injury which forced him off at Crystal Palace.
In defence, Mason Holgate is out with a groin injury. While, ever-presence Phil Jagielka is back. The Toffees stll are without James McCarthy and Ross Barkley, who are still a couple of weeks away from a return. Further injuries still remain for Yanick Bolasie, Seamus Coleman and Ramiro Funes Mori.
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