Southampton vs. Everton – EPL, October 25, 2020
Southampton started the season slowly but has looked much better in the last few games and now welcomes top of the table Everton to St Mary’s.
Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez has been ruled out for the Toffees and it will be interesting to see if the service for forwards is quite as clinical on Sunday.
Southampton vs. Everton Odds
Everton’s excellent form this season has forced BetOnline to make it favorite to come away from Southampton with the points but the odds are close – and it is sure to be a tight affair at the weekend. With Rodriguez ruled out, I might be more inclined to look at the draw bet here.
Southampton vs. Everton Match Preview
Southampton may have equalized in stoppage time against Chelsea last weekend but it completely deserved the point after matching its host all the way and taking advantage of a porous backline that could not deal with the attacking movements of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
We are now beginning to see the way that Southampton might be able to play this season, after it surprisingly lost its first two games of the campaign. The manager’s ideas have definitely begun to take hold and the Saints could end up doing very well this year.
Everton has already started this season incredibly well, of course. With Carlo Ancelotti recruiting very cleverly in the offseason, the Toffees go into the sixth round of fixtures top of the league, having only dropped points to Liverpool in a well-contested Merseyside derby last weekend.
The big news from Goodison Park is that James Rodriguez will miss this game and – with Richarlison suspended after being red-carded last week – it may well be a more defensive performance from Everton on Sunday. There are still some very good attacking players available but a more measured approach might be in the offing.
Southampton vs. Everton Pick
Everton has looked every inch a Premier League leader in the opening games of the season but even before the injury news, I thought that this game might be a very evenly balanced encounter. Southampton has a great team ethic and should be a good match for Everton on Sunday. That’s why I’m going for the draw.