Our prediction for this Premier League match:
This is proving to be yet another disappointing season for Everton, and no wonder the fans are turning against manager Roberto Martinez. The Toffees look set for another bottom-table finish, a far cry from the times when they were vying for top 4 positions under David Moyes. The lack of confidence is seriously affecting the squad as they have now failed to win any of last five Premier League fixtures, with James McCarthy now set to miss out having been sent off in rearranged game against Crystal Palace. The Toffees could, therefore, find it hard to match in-form Southampton, who are still in the race for European places. The Saints won three of last four fixtures, while narrowly losing to leaders Leicester City and they arrive at Merseyside in excellent spirits and will have an extra edge over the opposition who played in midweek. We predict they will pile more misery on Everton by winning at Goodison Park.
Highlighted Player (Leighton Baines):
Leighton Baines is an English football player born on 11th of December 1984 in Liverpool. Baines started in the youth of Wigan Athletic before making his debut for the first team in season 2002/2003. In season 2007/2008 Baines made the transfer to Everton where he is playing almost 10 seasons already. Leighton Baines made his debut for the English national team in 2010 and played in the EURO 2012 and World Cup of 2014. Baines is a left-winger defender that can play in the midfield as well. He is known for his rushes and attacking skills which resulted in a high amount of goals for a defender. Baines was part of the Everton team that played in the FA Cup final in 2009 where the team lost against Chelsea 2-1. Baines didn’t win any prizes on the highest level in England but became champion in the second division with Wigan Athletic in 2002/2003. Baines is an experienced and confident player which is the vice capitain of Everton as well.
Highlighted Team (Southampton):
Southampton are an English football club that have been playing their home games at St Mary's Stadium since 2001. The Saints were based at The Dell in the past and the capacity of Southampton’s new stadium is 32,505. Southampton wear red and white striped shirts and the colour of the team’s away kit is navy and green.
The Saints have yet to win the Premier League trophy, but they did well to clinch the FA Cup title back in 1976, while participating in the final of the prestigious competition in 1900, 1902 and 2003. Southampton outplayed Manchester United in the 1976 FA Cup final and that is probably the club’s greatest victory ever.
The club are well known for their football academy and Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale is one of the players who began their football carrier at the St. Mary’s Stadium outfit. Southampton’s fiercest rivals are Portsmouth and the two teams square off against each other in the South Coast Derby.