Everton travel to play Southampton this weekend at St. Mary's, a place that has not been a happy hunting ground for the Blues. The Toffees last won there in 2003, and only in 1993 before that. The Saints are wracked by suspensions and injuries this weekend, but Everton have had their own fair share of injuries to contend with, and this should be a pretty balanced game. However, as we know all too well, no two Toffees performances are alike and Everton are just as likely to win 3-0 as they are to be spanked by the same scoreline.
Interestingly enough, Roberto Martinez is insistent that Everton can play themselves out of their inconsistency, recently stating that he would not be looking to make a splash in the transfer market in the upcoming January window. Kevin Mirallas is injured and will miss this game as will Leon Osman and Tony Hibbert, but James McCarthy and Darron Gibson face late fitness tests.
Southampton for their part have been struggling lately, with five losses in all competitions. Ronald Koeman and his boys will undoubtedly want to break out of their slump. Morgan Schneiderlin, Victor Wanyama and Florin Gardos will all miss the game due to suspensions, while Dusan Tadic, Jake Hesketh, Jay Rodriguez, Sam Gallagher and Jack Cork are all injured and Graziano Pelle and Steven Davis are doubtful to play.
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Everton XI - Howard, Coleman, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Besic, Barry, Barkley, Naismith, Eto'o, Lukaku
Everton subs - Robles, McGeady, Kone, Pienaar, Stones, Garbutt, Stones, Alcaraz
Southampton XI - Forster, Alderweireld, Fonte (c), Yoshida, Clyne, Reed, Ward-Prowse, S. Davis, Bertrand, Long, Pellè
Southampton subs - K. Davis (GK), Mané, McCarthy, Targett, McQueen, Seager, Gape