Our prediction for this Premier League match:
After spoiling Chelsea’s party at Stamford Bridge on Matchday 5, Southampton will be looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they welcome Everton at their St. Mary’s Stadium. The Saints showed character in their last league match, with the team saving one point in the dying seconds of the match. Danny Ings, who obviously continues where he left last term, will be the man to watch in the home team.
The Toffees, on the other hand, did well to hold their local rivals Liverpool to a 2-2 draw in the Merseyside derby. Everton have been playing some beautiful football at the start of the season, and given their attacking potential, both teams to score betting should be considered for the St. Mary’s Stadium clash. Seamus Coleman, who picked up an injury in the Merseyside derby, is unlikely to feature against Southampton.
Highlighted Player (Shane Long):
Shane Long is an Irish international striker who has so far made over 60 appearances for the Republic of Ireland national team, scoring more than 15 goals in the process. The forward began his professional career at Cork City, but only made one league appearance for the club ahead of the switch to Reading, where he would go on to spend next seven years.
During that time, Long established himself as one of the best Irish strikers plying their trade in England, and also went on to represent West Bromwich Albion, Hull City and Southampton.
Despite not exactly boasting an enviable goalscoring record for a centre forward, Long was always held in high regard by both managers and his peers, with his incredible work rate and never-say-die attitude winning him plenty of admirers. Long will also go down as one of the most prolific scorers in the history of the Republic of Ireland national team, which he represented at the Euro 2012 and Euro 2016 finals.
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.