Premier League action is back as Southampton host Everton at St Mary’s. This and more in today’s Match Pack, in association with eToro …
Saints vs Everton
St Mary’s Stadium
Saturday 1 October, 3pm BST
Referee: Andre Marriner.
Assistants: Simon Long, Richard West.
Fourth official: Sam Allison.
VAR: Lee Mason.
Assistant VAR: Marc Perry.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
It’s been a difficult period for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men, who fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa last time out in the league.
Saints' last home game resulted in a dramatic 2-1 win over Chelsea, with first-half goals from Adam Armstrong and Roméo Lavia the difference at St Mary's.
Everton are currently on their longest unbeaten run under Frank Lampard, having won once and drawn four times in their last five Premier League outings.
Buoyed by their victory at West Ham last time out, the Merseyside outfit will be looking to work their way up the table on their visit to St Mary’s on Saturday.
Romeo Lavia and Tino Livramento remain out for Saints, with Hasenhüttl hinted he could make changes to the starting XI as players return from the international break.
Positive news for the visitors as Jordan Pickford returns from injury in between the sticks, though Frank Lampard will be without Nathan Patterson, Mason Holgate, Ben Godfrey, Yerry Mina and Andros Townsend.
Ralph Hasenhüttl: “I say no, not more than any other day when I work with my team. The biggest pressure is the pressure I put on myself, to deliver the best possible work. It is enough. If you want to make a good job, the biggest pressure comes from yourself.”
Frank Lampard: “We've worked very hard with the players and felt we deserved a bit more in that first block of games. It's really important now that we work and if we can get a result against Southampton that will back it up and show progress.”
ONES TO WATCH
Ché Adams: Featuring in both of Scotland’s Nations League games over the international break, Adams will look to further his tally as top goal scorer for Saints this season when Everton visit St Mary’s.
Neal Maupay: Having netted his first goal for Everton since his move from Brighton last time out in the league, the Frenchman will be looking to score in successive games in the league for the first time since December 2021.
Ché Adams 4
Adam Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Payne, Mara, Perraud, Djenepo, Bella-Kotchap 1
Gordon, Gray 2
Neal Maupay 1
Alex Iwobi 3
Coady, Pickford 1
HEAD TO HEAD
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
February 2022: Southampton 2-0 Everton (Stuart Armstrong, Long)
August 2021: Everton 3-1 Saints (Adam Armstrong)
March 2021: Everton 1-0 Saints
October 2020: Saints 2-0 Everton (Ward-Prowse, Adams)
July 2020: Everton 1-1 Saints (Ings)
November 2019: Saints 1-2 Everton (Ings)
DID YOU KNOW?
- Southampton beat Everton 2-0 in February, and are looking to pick up consecutive Premier League victories against them for the first time since December 2014.
- Two of Adam Armstrong’s three Premier League goals for Southampton have come at St. Mary’s, including in their last such game there against Chelsea. Southampton haven’t had a player score in successive home league games since Armando Broja in October 2021.
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