Everton v Southampton Betting Tips: Toffees can add to Saints’ misery

15:00/Jan 02

Football betting writer Thomas Giles highlights the betting angle ahead of the Premier League match between Everton and Southampton.

Both of these sides are looking for European football next season, but, thanks to some rather poor results in recent times, such objectives are looking as though they’re becoming harder and harder to fulfill. As a result, this is a big game for both at Goodison Park.

Everton are currently 7th in the Premier League, but this is mainly thanks to their excellent start as their current run has seen them win just two matches in nine attempts. Their most recent outing saw them steal a point away at relegation-threatened Hull City where it took a late Ross Barkley goal for them to take a share of the spoils.

Ronald Koeman’s side have not been particularly good at either end of the pitch in scoring 25 and conceding 23 – the worst in the top seven. Given the fact that their defence looks good on paper, the fact that The Toffees have kept just one clean sheet since the end of October will be of the biggest concern to the manager.

However, when you look at the home form going into this match, it looks quite impressive with just the one Premier League loss since mid-April. While their recent win at home against Arsenal, will leave them confident as they know they are always capable of picking up a result on home turf.

Southampton’s so-far watertight defence was ripped to shreds by Tottenham Hotspur in midweek before they once again lost on home soil to West Brom. With The Saints usually being so resilient, this will concern manager Claude Puel, as will the suspensions of both Nathan Redmond and Virgil van Dijk.

The lack of goals are still a concern for Southampton and their matches against Spurs in midweek and West Brom last time out proved that, if their defence is not up to its usual standard, they look very vulnerable.

Whilst Southampton won their last match on the road against south coast rivals AFC Bournemouth, their record away from St. Mary’s Stadium is poor with only one more win in their eight matches on their travels prior to that match against The Cherries. Going to an Everton side who are often very good at home is certainly a daunting prospect for Claude Puel’s men.

The Saints did win the reverse fixture back in November but the fact that this is at Goodison Park means that the balance tips heavily in the other direction. Everton have a good record against Southampton at home having won five of the last seven and not losing on home turf to them since 1997. Additionally, with Everton having an extra days rest having played on Friday night, coupled with Southampton’s missing men, The Toffees have a good opportunity to resume winning ways and should come out on top.

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