Saints entertain Toffees in Pochettino’s first match in charge.
Those Saints supporters who beat the snow to attend Monday’s visit of Everton to St Mary’s are preparing to give new boss Mauricio Pochettino a frosty reception, as the Argentine takes charge of the team for the first time.
Nigel Adkins’ shock sacking on Friday came after a run of just two defeats in 12 matches – not exactly relegation form – while a spirited midweek draw at Chelsea can hardly be considered a sackable offence.
Pochettino, who could hand a debut to Vegard Forren, boasts impressive credentials, however, having saved Espanyol from relegation in 2008/2009 by picking up 25 points from a possible 30.
Everton arrive on the South Coast looking to go within a point of fourth place Tottenham but the resilient Toffees have a miserable record against Saints, with just two victories in their last 13 visits to Southampton.
Venue St Mary’s Stadium, Monday 8pm
Last season n/a
Referee Neil Swarbrick
This season’s matches 8 Y26, R0, 3.25 cards per game
Subs from K Davis, Gazzaniga, S Davis, Fox, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Richardson, Lee, Chaplow, Reeves, De Ridder, Stephens
Doubtful Do Prado (illness)
Injured Fonte (knee, Feb), Lallana (knee, unknown)
Form guide DWDDDL
Disciplinary record Y20 R0
Leading scorer Lambert 10
Subs from Mucha, Heitinga, Naismith, Mirallas, Francisco, Gueye, Vellios, Duffy, McAleny, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger
Doubtful Heitinga (hamstring), Mirallas (hamstring)
Injured Gibson (thigh, Feb), Hibbert (calf, Feb)
Form guide DWLWWD
Disciplinary record Y36 R2
Leading scorer Fellaini 8
Via The Guardian.
Everton have only won two of their 13 visits to Southampton in the Premier League.
However, the Toffees are unbeaten in their last six league matches against Southampton (W3, D3).
Everton’s equal-highest Premier League win was their 7-1 triumph over Southampton in November 1996 – the late Gary Speed scored a hat-trick that day.
Southampton have lost just two of their last 11 Premier League matches (W4, D5, L2), having lost eight of their first ten.
They have conceded 11 goals in their last 11 league matches, having conceding 29 goals in their first 11.
The Saints have lost 19 points from winning positions this season – only Reading (20) have fared worse.
Rickie Lambert has 98 goals for Southampton in all competitions. He has scored all 31 of the penalties (including in shootouts) that he has taken for the club and has scored the most league goals (10) of any English player in the top division this campaign.
Everton registered their first goalless draw of the season in their last match against Swansea. It was their first clean sheet in 17 league matches.
Everton have hit the bar or post on more occasions (17) than any other team in the division.
The Toffees have drawn nine of their last 16 league games, and 10 overall this season – only Stoke (11) have drawn more Premier League games.
They are unbeaten in their last nine Premier League matches on a Monday since 1-0 defeat at Wigan in November 2008.
Nikica Jelavic has only scored in one of his last 11 matches and the Croat has been caught offside more times (37) than any other player in the top flight.
Leon Osman is set to make his 300th career league appearance.
Steven Pienaar has won the most free-kicks (52) in the Premier League this season.
Leighton Baines has created 76 goalscoring chances in the Premier League this season – more than any other player in the top five European leagues prior to the latest round of matches.
fanatix prediction Pochettino to get a draw. 1-1.
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