Everton vs. Southampton Prediction, 7/9/20
A stunning victory over Manchester City takes 13th-placed Southampton to Merseyside, where 11th-placed Everton will try to bounce back from a defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. Kick-off - at 13:00 PM ET on Thursday, July 9.
Everton Ends Winning Stretch
A three-game unbeaten run (W2 D1) and a two-game winning streak came to an end for Everton, who were edged out with a score of 1-0 by Tottenham Hotspur away at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Monday. In what was a tepid affair, the Toffees controlled the ball 48% of the time and were outshot just by a single attempt (12-11), with a first-half own goal by defender Michael Keane proving all the difference. Everton leads the Premier League in goals this season (3) and they sit 11th in the standings with a W12 D8 L13 record, just six points below the top-seven.
English forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin leads the Toffees with 13 league snipes. His compatriot Jordan Pickford, meanwhile, occupies the 11th place in Premier League’s goalkeeper chart, having made 83 saves this year. He has recorded eight clean sheets in 33 appearances this season and gives up a goal every 62 minutes of play. Everton has scored the 10th highest quantity of goals during the ongoing campaign (40) while taking the 6th highest number of shots per game (12.9). The team is 10th in ball possession (48.7%) and 11th in passing accuracy (77.4%).
Southampton Stuns Man City
Southampton officially secured another year in England’s top division after unexpectedly beating Manchester City with a count of 1-0 at St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday. 23-year-old forward Che Adams, who joined the Saints last summer from Birmingham City, finally opened his Premier League tally with an incredible curling strike from 40 yards out just 16 minutes into the game. And while the Citizens subsequently outshot the hosts 26-8, recording the highest number of attempts by a road team this season, Southampton goalie Alex McCarthy stood tall. The Saints are 13th in the league with a W13 D4 L16 record, trailing the top-seven by seven points.
English marksman Danny Ings leads Southampton with 18 league markers for the season. Goalie Alex McCarthy, meanwhile, sits 14th in the EPL with 68 saves. He has picked up six clean sheets in 23 games so far during the ongoing campaign and concedes a goal every 69 minutes on average. The Saints have buried the 9th highest quantity of Premier League goals this year (42) while recording the 7th highest amount of shots per game (12.8). The team is 12th in ball possession (47.9%) and 2nd from the bottom in passing accuracy (71.9%).
Everton is currently riding a nine-game unbeaten run in the league on their own turf (W5 D4) and has not lost to Southampton in 14 straight EPL encounters in Liverpool (W10 D4). Having said that, it is difficult to imagine in-form Southampton dropping this contest outright! The majority of the team’s success this season has to be attributed to its devastating road form, which has seen the Saints collect 26 points on their travels this year (W8 D2 L6). If anything, expect Southampton to snatch a point in this one, having already drawn two of their previous four trips to Goodison Park, with three of the past five Premier League home outings of Everton, also finishing as stalemates (W2 D3).