Our prediction for this Premier League match:
St. Mary’s Stadium will host Sunday’s football game between Southampton and Everton, the two teams who sit in the danger zone ahead of Matchday 13. The Saints are eager to make amends for back-to-back defeats to the likes of Burnley and Liverpool and you should bear in mind that they are eyeing their third home win of the season. Southampton are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Sunday’s clash against Everton. The Toffees, on the other hand, did well to beat Watford on Matchday 12 and thanks to Niasse’s goal on the stroke of half time they shared the spoils with Crystal Palace in London at the weekend. Anyhow, Everton have been struggling in the first half of the season and believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts.
Highlighted Player (Jose Fonte):
Born in Penafiel in 1983, Jose Miguel de Rocha Fonte spent his early career in the lower divisions of the Portugal’s league system, and while he did join giants Benfica in 2006, he never made a single league appearance for the Eagles. The loan spell with Crystal Palace proved crucial for the towering defender as he later secured a permanent move to Selhurst Park, performing well in three Championship campaigns. Fonte then surprised everyone when he joined League One side Southampton, but that would prove to be the best decision he has ever made, as he helped the Saints return to the Premier League before establishing himself as one of the leading central defenders in the elite division. Rated for his aerial ability, but also quite capable on the ground, Jose Fonte even caught the eye of England’s top clubs, although a big club move never materialised for him. The late bloomer eventually played himself into the first team plans of Portugal coach Fernando Santos, making his Selecao debut at the age of 30.
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 campaigns.
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.