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Southampton striker Graziano Pelle

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle has five goals in his last eight Premier League appearances

13 August 2015
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Barclays Premier League

Venue: St Mary's Stadium Date: Saturday, 15 August

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (0)

Match Stats

Possession

50

50

Shots

0

0

On target

0

0

Corners

0

0

Fouls

0

0

TEAM NEWS

New signing Oriol Romeu may be given his Southampton debut but Jordy Clasie and Steven Caulker are unavailable.

Manager Ronald Koeman will be on crutches in the dugout after missing last weekend's game following Achilles tendon surgery.

Everton midfielder Kevin Mirallas has recovered from the ankle injury that forced him off against Watford, but Leighton Baines remains sidelined.

Muhamed Besic, Aiden McGeady and Gerard Deulofeu are back in contention.

Teenage defender Mason Holgate could be in the squad after signing from Barnsley.

MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

Martin Fisher:

"Both teams began with 2-2 draws but the reaction in the respective camps was different.

"Everton twice came from behind to

snatch a draw at home to Watford,

strengthening fears of another season of under achievement. Little summer transfer activity has left their squad looking light.

"In contrast, Southampton created enough chances

to have won at Newcastle

and left in optimistic mood.

"Morgan Schneiderlin and Nathaniel Clyne have gone but Saints reinforced brilliantly after losing their big-hitters a year ago and seem to have invested wisely again, while the return of fit-again Jay Rodriguez is a massive boost.

"St Mary's has been a miserable venue for Everton in recent years and I cannot see that changing this weekend."

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WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman:

"I am happy to be back. Being back in contact with the players and staff is a good feeling. It's better I have this [Achilles] injury than a player. I will sit more than usual [on Saturday] but I can do everything I have to.

"We know the qualities of Everton. We know the way they play, and it will be an attractive, open game – they like to play offensive, entertaining football."

Everton boss Roberto Martinez:

"The last two visits to Southampton have been really tough games for different reasons.

"Things that could go wrong did go wrong – two years ago we had two own goals very early and if you look at our history it's 22 years and we've only had two wins (away to Saints).

"Historically it is a very tough place for us – it becomes an extra challenge and we want to embrace that."

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

Southampton made a good start to the season with their draw at Newcastle, and I am going for them to win this time and continue Everton's difficult start to the season. It does not get any easier for Roberto Martinez's men in the next few weeks either, because their upcoming games look tough too.

Lawro v BBC 6 Music presenter Mark Radcliffe

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Everton are winless in their last six games away to Southampton (D2, L4), failing to score in the last three visits.
  • The Toffees have netted a total of three own goals in their last two games at St Mary's – which they lost 3-0 and 2-0.

Southampton

  • Saints are unbeaten in their last five home league games, winning four of those matches.
  • They have scored 12 goals in their last four top-flight games at St Mary's – including six against Aston Villa in their final home match last season.
  • Graziano Pelle has scored five goals in his last eight Premier League games after failing to score in his previous 14 appearances.

Everton

  • The Toffees won their final away game last season, beating West Ham 2-1, and another win would see them claim back-to-back Premier League away victories for the first time since March-April 2014.
  • Everton have kept just one clean sheet in their last 17 Premier League away games.
  • Romelu Lukaku has only managed four goals in his last 23 Premier League appearances.

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