Kick-off: 1800, 09/07/2020
Stadium: Goodison Park
TV: Amazon Prime
Everton’s faint European qualification hopes will be effectively over if they drop more points at home to Southampton.
Monday night’s 1-0 defeat at Tottenham was a major setback and they cannot afford to slip up against a Southampton team full of confidence after beating Manchester City.
The two teams look well matched with only one point separating them in the table and a draw at 5/2 is our opening Everton vs Southampton prediction.
A Look At Everton’s Betting Odds
Everton are not completely out of the frame for a European place but look to have too much to do to stay in contention.
The half-time bust-up between Tottenham duo Hugo Lloris and Son Heung-min was the main talking point of an insipid game on Monday which was settled by Michael Keane’s first-half own goal.
Everton never really threatened and only forced Lloris into routine saves but boss Carlo Ancelotti has not given up hope.
“It is more difficult but we are still there,” he said. “In five games we have three home games and two away, we have to fight until the end.
“We have less possibility after this defeat but nothing is lost. We have to keep the fighting spirit until the end. We have to be focused on the next game and focus on three points.”
They will have to be more creative on Thursday and it should be a more open game against Southampton, with nine of Saints’ last 11 away league fixtures producing over 2.5 goals.
Everton were 2-1 winners in the reverse fixture so let’s go for over 2.5 goals again at 87/100 in the Everton vs Southampton odds.
Last Everton line-up: Pickford, Holgate, Keane, Digne, Coleman, Sigurdsson, Gomes, Davies, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Iwobi.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Southampton have been one of the Premier League’s form teams since the season resumed with three wins out of four.
They were heavily reliant on goalkeeper Alex McCarthy for their 1-0 victory against City at the weekend but were much more deserving of back-to-back away wins at Norwich (3-0) and Watford (3-1).
Only Liverpool and Manchester City have enjoyed more victories on their travels than Southampton heading into the midweek round of fixtures so they will head to Goodison Park confident of getting some reward.
The visitors may have to do it the hard way, though. Everton have scored first in six of their last seven home games, while Saints have only netted first in two of their last seven against teams currently above them.
Everton have one of the best home first-half records in the division, trailing just once, but have been less impressive after the break.
That leads us to go for Everton HT/Draw FT as our final Everton vs Southampton prediction which can be backed at a tasty 13/1.
Last Southampton line-up: McCarthy, Stephens, Bertrand, Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Redmond, Ings, Adams.
Tottenham 1-0 EVERTON
SOUTHAMPTON 1-0 Man City – Che Adams
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