Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Buoyed by a 2-0 win over Liverpool in the Merseyside derby, Everton will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Southampton in the Premier League round 26. The Toffees regained a much-needed confidence at the weekend, with Richarlison once again proving his worth in Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s absence. Calvert-Lewin should be fit for the Southampton game, meaning that Richarlison will move to the left wing.
Defender Yerry Mina remains on the sidelines with a calf injury. The Saints, on the other hand, did well to hold Chelsea to a 1-1 draw in their last league match. Southampton aim to regain their spot in the top half of the standings, but given Everton’s display in the Merseyside derby, we believe that punters can find value in betting on the hosts. All Walker-Peters, Walcott, Diallo, Smallbone, and Obafemi remain on the sidelines for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Andre Gomes):
Andre Gomes is a Portuguese footballer who represented the likes of Porto, Boavista and Benfica during his youth career, but eventually signed a professional deal with the Eagles. Even if he hadn’t made too many first team appearances for the Portuguese giants, the midfielder saw his economic rights sold to a private company in January 2014, and the deal eventually saw him join Spanish giants Valencia.
The attacking midfielder immediately nailed down a regular starting berth at Mestalla, proving his undoubted potential, and catching the eye of top Italian sides such as Juventus and Napoli. Gomes has yet to establish himself as an important player for the Portugal national team, but he has made several appearances under Fernando Santos and is expected to play a key role for the Selecao in the future.
Possessing impressive technical skills and capable of covering a number of positions in midfield, Gomes is a modern midfielder who has been showing incredible maturity for his age, so no wonder he is predicted a bright future in the game.
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.