Southampton host an Everton side with both teams sitting in mid-table looking for a win in order to push themselves up the table to try and fight for those European competition spots. Southampton are going through a mini-crisis as they have failed to win a game in their last 4 attempts in the Premier League. The numerous injuries to key starters including Fonte, Targett, Tadic has seen them struggle while Shane Long has only recently recovered back from his injuries. A lot of emphasis on this team will now be on Rodriguez, Austin, Boufal and Redmond to deliver on the offensive end for this team especially since Everton have been struggling defensively, conceding in goals in 8 out of their last 9 games.
Everton have been struggling as much as Southampton as they have managed just 1 victory in their last 8 games. They have overly relied on Lukaku to deliver the goals for them to secure the wins. Last time around they stole a draw against Swansea City in the 89th minute. Everton will look to put a strong counter-attacking team on the pitch considering the struggles Southampton have been having on the defensive end, with the likes of Deulofeu, Bolasie and Barkley to support Lukaku up front. Everton will need a spark from their midfield especially to take the ball to the attack of Southampton with their rock Fonte missing, which could be the best opportunity for Everton to score. Southampton have now conceded goals in 7 out of their last 9 games.
Both teams have struggled in their recent games on the defensive end, and will be expecting to push each other for a victory in a matchup of almost equal teams. It also marks a return for Koeman to Southampton, so he will be looking to get one over on his former team. I am backing both teams to score in this encounter.