Southampton vs Everton Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Southampton vs Everton | Saturday 20 December, 2014 | St Mary’s | 15.00
Southampton host Everton at St Mary’s on Saturday but the Toffees boss is insistent that they will not underestimate Southampton despite their recent drop in form.
The Saints made a fantastic start to the season which triggered a lot of speculation over whether they might even qualify for next year’s Champions League. However a succession of tough clashes seem to have knocked their confidence and Ronald Koeman’s men have fallen to fifth in the table after five successive losses in all competitions, topped off by defeat to League One side Sheffield United in the League Cup quarter final this week.
Dusan Tadic missed a penalty for Southampton when they lost 1-0 to Burnley last time out in the League, but despite all this Roberto Martinez is anticipating a tough challenge at St Mary’s.
“I don’t assess Southampton by their moment of form,” he said. “I assess them by what they’ve done in the season.
“Alongside West Ham they are the best team in how they started the season. Everything levels up. They are a joy to watch, well structured.
“Koeman bought some players who adapted to the league very quickly, adapted to attacking football and full of flair.
“I like to watch them and I’m not paying attention to results. I went to see the Burnley game and if they score the penalty they win the game.
“They’re a really strong team and can compete for the top six until the end of the season.”
Southampton are having some issues in the midfield currently with both Victor Wanyama and Morgan Schneiderlin suspended while Steven Davis remains a doubt. Koeman also has to find replacements for defenders Florin Gardos (suspension), Tadic (fatigue) and Jake Hesketh (knee).
The Saints boss believes that his team can overcome their recent misfortune in the Premier League and their shock League Cup exit.
“It’s in the past,” he said on Thursday. “That’s the nicest part of football – you always have the next game.
“We can change a lot of things. We have to change our teamwork, our belief and our spirit. That’s the key in my opinion for Saturday’s game.
“I like how Everton play. It’s all about football, good ball position, and that means this Saturday it will be an attractive match because it’s about football.”
Everton will be without Kevin Mirallas (ankle) while Leon Osman (ankle), James McCarthy (hamstring) and Darron Gibson (knee) all remain doubts ahead of Saturday’s clash.
Southampton vs Everton Betting Tips
This game will be a tightly fought game but Southampton look set to return to form and at their best they’ll surely dominate. Betway has a 1-0 Saints victory at 7/1 while Graziano Pelle looks good to score first on his return at 9/2 with Sky Bet.