Southampton vs. Everton: Opposing fan’s view

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on November 5, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on November 5, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) /
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On Sunday afternoon, Saints take on Everton in a crucial clash for both sides as form of late has been nowhere near good enough for either side.

Hopefully Southampton can take advantage of being hosts but it will not be an easy game.

Like the Saints though, Everton have been well below standards set of late and already have sacked their manager after a poor start; of course this manager was ex-Saints boss Ronald Koeman. Still without a permanent manager, Everton will be under the management of Under-23 manager David Unsworth and could definitely be a make or break game for both in each dugout.

Everton supporter Joe Rippon gave his thoughts on how the Toffees have started the campaign:

"“The season so far has been a massive disappointment, I felt this year we would push on from being “the best of the rest” and push hard for a Champions League spot, but it couldn’t have gone any worse! “Massive hype with the money spent, but in reality we have a squad full of too many centre-mids and centre-attacking mids and no real threat to supply to upfront, Niasse has done well given the stick he got from Koeman but he’s not the answer.”"

Luckily for Southampton, Everton will be without striker Oumar Niasse who has six goals thus far due to a ban for diving which lead to a penalty at Crystal Palace being awarded. However, they do have threats going forward in Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson who is yet to kick start his career in an Everton shirt.

"“To tell you the absolute truth I have no idea who could be the main man, I’m hoping there’s more focus on a solid defence as that is something I have not seen at all this season. “If I had to pick a main man it could well be Gylfi Sigurdsson (if he starts!) . It’s time for him to prove he’s worth the fee we paid and turn our season around!”"

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 18: David Unsworth, Caretaker Manager of Everton arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Everton at Selhurst Park on November 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 18: David Unsworth, Caretaker Manager of Everton arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Everton at Selhurst Park on November 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images) /

What may benefit Saints though is their rocky defence as Ashley Williams in particular has had a series of awful performances and may be the achilles heel that Everton really won’t want to have for much longer.

Nonetheless Everton are still yet to appoint a new gaffer despite a month having passes since Koeman’s dismissal. Leicester most recently gave Craig Shakespeare the job until the end of the last season following Claudio Ranieri’s sacking, but Joe doesn’t think a similar scenario will play out in Merseyside.

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"“When Koeman left I believed we needed someone inside the club with some passion to drill some fight into the team, we have improved and there seems a better vibe around the club. However I don’t see Unsworth as a permanent manager for us, not yet anyway, he has more to learn.”"

Based on how each team has performed so far this season, it’d be wise to suggest that the game will be a tight affair. The majority of Southampton’s game have seen each side finish with two goals or less, and it could be snatch and grab for either team.

"“It’s going to be a tough game for both sides on the day, either team can take all three points! I’m going with a draw. I believe that would be a decent result for both teams at the moment. “However if an Everton team with some fight turn up we could steal a victory, we have a massive point to prove now.”"

Everton versus Southampton kicks off tomorrow, at 1:30PM.