Whilst the Saints have lost just once in the last ten in all competitions, Everton will be looking to continue their improvement under Frank Lampard.
And Saints now return to St. Mary’s looking to protect a solid home record which has seen just one defeat all season, although seven of the 11 matches to date have ended in draws. Only Man. City, Liverpool and Chelsea have lost either the same amount or fewer in front of their home fans.
Lampard will be looking to improve on his side’s torrid away record this season which has seen just one win on the road, with three draws and seven defeats out of the 11 away games thus far. Only Burnley and Newcastle have worse records on the road.
Ones to watch
Che Adams will be looking to make it three goals in as many games following his strikes against Tottenham and then Man. United. The Scottish international has six goals to his name this season and is hopeful of beating last season’s tally of nine and break into double figures this campaign.
Twenty-year old Anthony Gordon will be hoping he can have a similar impact on the game at St. Mary’s than he did last weekend against Leeds. The youngster, who is enjoying a great breakthrough season, scored and provided an assist in the 3-0 win over Marcelo Bielsa’s men.
Southampton have Nathan Redmond back available after missing the draw at Old Trafford last weekend with an ankle injury. Alex McCarthy and Lyanco remain sidelined, whilst Nathan Tella is a doubt as he recovers from a groin injury.
Everton, meanwhile, will be hoping Demarai Gray and Abdoulaye Doucoure have recovered from injury to compete for a place in the starting line up. Lampard, however, will be without Tom Davies, Fabian Delph, Ben Godfrey and Yerry Mina for the trip to the south coast.
Southampton: 4-2-2-2: Forster; Livramento, Bednarek, Salisu, Walker-Peters; Ward-Prowse, Romeu; S. Armstrong, Elyounoussi; Broja, Adams.
Everton: 4-4-2: Pickford; Coleman, Holgate, Keane, Mykolenko; Gordon, Allan, van de Beek, Iwobi; Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.
Saints have a dominant record against Everton at St. Mary’s, with four wins out of the last five at the south coast.
Adam Armstrong scored on his debut for Saints to give them the lead at Goodison, but only for Everton to come back after the break. Richarlison drew Rafa Benitez's men level, before Doucoure and Dominic Calvert-Lewin efforts gave the hosts victory.
How to watch
The match is scheduled for kick off at 15:00 GMT on Saturday 19 February at St. Mary’s, meaning no channels are broadcasting it in the UK for TV viewing due to the FA ruling on the 3pm blackout. Highlights will be available shortly after the full time whistle on the Sky Sports YouTube channel.
This is the first of a double-header of home matches for the Saints, who welcome Norwich City to St. Mary’s for Friday Night Football next weekend under the floodlights.
Everton, meanwhile, return home next Saturday as they welcome runaway league leaders Man. City to Goodison Park.