Our football match prediction:
St. Mary’s Stadium will host the match between Southampton and Everton. The Saints aim to bounce back from the Europa League defeat to Sparta Prague, but Sunday’s football match against Everton will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Claude Puel’s men did well to hold Liverpool to a goalless draw in their last league match and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence against the Toffees. Ronald Koeman’s troops dropped two points in a 1-1 draw with Swansea City at the weekend and seeing that they were hammered by Chelsea (0-5) in their last away game in the league, the visitors would be happy with one point from Sunday’s clash. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and we predict that they are going to share the spoils at St. Mary’s Stadium. In their last meeting in the Premier League Southampton and Everton played out a 1-1 draw.
Highlighted Player (Fraser Forster):
Originating from Hexham, Fraser Forster is an English goalkeeper who spent his early career at Newcastle United, but surprisingly did not make a single Premier League appearance during the seven years at St James’ Park. Forster first showed promise during the loan spell with Norwich City, but it was the stint with Celtic that earned him wide acclaim and saw him become an England international. After spending four years at Parkhead, the highly rated goalkeeper returned to the Premier League to sign for Southampton and he has since acted as club’s number one goalkeeper. Forster has been a member of the England national team since 2013, usually acting as a back up for Joe Hart, making a handful of appearances in international friendlies. Forster was in the Three Lions squad at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016, and with quite a few of good years in front of him, the towering goalkeeper should get the opportunity to win few more England caps before he retires from football.
Highlighted Team (Everton):
Everton are one of the two Merseyside giants that were formed back in 1878, with the club holding a long-standing rivalry with Liverpool. Everton have participated in the English top flight for a record 113 seasons, with the team competing in the English second tier in just four camaigns. The Toffees play their home matches at Goodison Park, the stadium that was opened in 1892. Everton have won the national championship nine times, with the team winning their last domestic trophy back in 1987. The Toffees have clinched five FA Cup trophies as well and it has to be noted that a victory over Manchester United in the 1994/1995 FA Cup final helped the team win their last title in the prestigious competition. Everton and Liverpool face each other in the Merseyside derby and the clash between the two local rivals has been called the Merseyside derby since 1955. In the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign Everton were hammered by Liverpool (0-4) at Anfield.