Kick-off: 1500, 18/08/2018
Stadium: Goodison Park
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What Trueform says for Everton vs Southampton
Everton and Southampton both picked up a point last week but the Merseyside outfit made a far more encouraging start to the new Premier League season, according to our Trueform ratings.
The Toffees overcame a contentious red card to draw 2-2 at Wolves in an entertaining encounter, while Saints were involved in a low-key goalless stalemate with Burnley.
Going off that evidence, we’re siding with a home win at Evens for our first Everton vs Southampton prediction.
A Look At Everton’s Betting Odds
Many pundits suggested Everton were paying for potential when they splashed out around £40million on 21-year-old Brazilian winger Richarlison from Watford.
However, two debut goals – a poacher’s strike and a sublime finish – in the draw at Molineux proved he is ready to make an immediate impact.
Marco Silva, who coached the South American at Vicarage Road, commented: “Of course, it’s a fantastic start for him.
“He is a boy I took last season from Brazil and we did everything to bring him to this club too.
“It’s a fantastic start, with fantastic work and fantastic behaviour – and with his talent, in some moments he can score.”
Silva felt the 40th-minute dismissal of defender Phil Jagielka was “a harsh decision” that “had a big impact on the game”.
He added, though: “But I think we were better organised and better even with the 10.”
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Southampton struggled for goals when becoming embroiled in a relegation battle last term and again lacked a cutting edge up front when held by Burnley at St Mary’s Stadium.
To be fair, Saints did look more dangerous following the introduction of Danny Ings and fellow new recruit Mohamed Elyounoussi on 56 minutes.
Mark Hughes is hoping the former Liverpool striker and the Norway forward can add fresh zest to a faltering front line.
The manager said of Ings: “He came on, retained the ball on the half-turn, running between the lines, and gave us a glimpse of what he will bring to the party.
“I was pleased with the contribution from Moi Elyounoussi too, we saw glimpses of the talent he has.
“Overall, I’m reasonably pleased, with it being the first game. Obviously, you want a win, but a point and a clean sheet is the next best thing.”
Hopefully Saints can contribute towards an open game, but we still prefer a home win and over 2.5 goals at 23/10 to finish off our Everton vs Southampton betting tips.
Wolves 2-2 EVERTON – Richarlison
SOUTHAMPTON 0-0 Burnley
Head-to-head: Everton 1-1 Southampton, Southampton 4-1 Everton, Everton 3-0 Southampton, Southampton 1-0 Everton, Everton 1-1 Southampton, Southampton 0-3 Everton
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