No one would’ve been able to predict that Southampton and Everton would be fighting out a relegation six-pointer at the beginning of the season; who currently both sit 18th and 17th respectively.
Given that both teams are now three months into their current campaigns, have played 11 games and lost more than ever half of them; it’s quite an interesting and odd statistic, with this both managers Ralph Hasenhuttl and Marco Silva have uncertain futures over their job security.
Going into more depth for the Austrian, Saints are in dire need of a win at the weekend at St. Mary’s, no win in seven Premier League games means that Hasenhuttl’s men sit three points off of the non-relegation spot that their upcoming opponents vacate.
Despite being told his position was safe after the 9-0 drumming against Leicester City; Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl’s job could become untenable with another loss if rumours are to be believed to be true in Welshman Chris Coleman being lined-up to take over the potential vacancy.
Everton on the other hand, will be looking to grab all three points on the road for the sake of their injured midfielder Andre Gomes; who sustained a horror ankle/leg injury against Spurs last weekend in their 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.
Looking at where the game could be won and lost from a tactical stand-point, we will dive into strengths and weaknesses both sides possess, as well which individual talent can spin the game onto its head; so without further or do, onto the first insight.