Southampton vs Everton
English Premier League
Date: Saturday, 19 December 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium (Southampton).
Ralph Hasenhuttl managed to turn Southampton’s fortunes around in spite of a super complicated schedule over the past couple of weeks.
The Austrian manager instilled the winning mentality into the Saints who took four points from two tough fixtures with Chelsea (0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge) and Leicester City (1-2 win at King Power Stadium). A pair of away wins helped the team escape the red zone.
Can they keep the good form going on Saturday when Everton come to visit St. Mary’s Stadium?
Southampton showed a fantastic team spirit to see off Leicester City on the road in spite of having a man sent off just before the break (at 0-1 scoreline). Irish striker Shane Long offered a fine performance netting his maiden goal of the campaign on the occasion.
Southampton vs Everton: Head-to-head
Everton were much more successful in the past.
The Toffees won 41, drew 18 and lost only 25 of 84 ties with the Saints.
Both teams scored in all of last four head to head affairs.
Everton claimed a 2-1 victory at Goodison in the league clash in August, but Southampton advanced from their 3rd round of League Cup tie on penalties two months later (the regular period ended in a 1-1 draw).
Southampton vs Everton: Prediction
Southampton’s fine spell of form will be on a serious test here as Everton will also enter the game in high spirits following two subsequent wins.
The Toffees dispatched League Two leaders Lincoln City 2-1 in the FA Cup at the start of the year before beating AFC Bournemouth 2-0 last Sunday thanks to second-half goals from Kurt Zouma and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Since both teams scored two goals against their respective rivals last weekend and since each of last four H2H games saw goals scored at both ends, the BTTS bet is the way to go at the 1.66 odds.
We will also mention that each of last five outings the Saints played at St. Mary’s saw the BTTS option “coming in”.
Southampton vs Everton: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.61 (8/13)
Draw @ 3.20 (11/5).