Premier League leaders Everton will head to the south coast as they take on Southampton in Sunday’s game at the St. Mary’s Stadium.
Both sides are coming off impressive draws against Chelsea and Liverpool, thus potentially providing bettors that use sites found at online-betting.org all the ingredients to pick up some potential winnings.
Everton are unbeaten in their five Premier League fixtures so far this season and have been a force in front of goal, having scored 14 goals so far; just one fewer than Tottenham Hotspur who currently lead the standings in that particular column.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin already has 11 goals in all competitions for both the Toffees and England this season, and there will be many that will expect him to be adding to his tally when they travel south.
However, things are far from rosy at the Goodison Park outfit ahead of this contest as Carlo Ancelotti has a number of squad selection problems he has to contend with prior to the fixture.
Richarlison will be unavailable after receiving a red card in the Merseyside derby after his dangerous tackle on Liverpool’s Thiago Alcantara, whilst it also appears key playmaker James Rodriguez will miss the trip as well.
A coming together with Virgil van Dijk has left the Colombia international stuck on the treatment table, with his manager not expecting the 29-year-old summer signing to be available for the game.
“Unfortunately, James had a problem during the game [against Liverpool],” Ancelotti told evertontv.
“He had a mistimed tackle with Virgil van Dijk at the beginning of the game and I think he will not be available for the game against Southampton.”
There is no doubt that his absence will be considered a huge blow. The former Real Madrid man has been hugely influential for the Toffees in their first five games of the season.
He has managed to score three goals and provide a further three assists in those outings, achieving an average of three key passes per game and a further 2.4 shots on goal per 90 minutes (as per WhoScored).
To further add to their injury issues, club captain Seamus Coleman will be unavailable for their match against the Saints as well.
However, former Napoli man Allan is available after avoiding any recurrence of the groin complaint that he had suffered prior to the Merseyside derby, which will be a huge boost to the Toffees’ chances of obtaining a positive result on Sunday.