Frank Lampard will be bidding to make it back-to-back Premier League wins as Everton boss when the Toffees make the trip to St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon to take on Southampton.
Everton are currently 16th in the table, boasting 22 points from 22 matches, while an improving Southampton are 10th, having picked up 29 points from their 24 league fixtures this term.
Southampton have been excellent in their last three Premier League matches, holding Manchester City to a 1-1 draw on January 22 before winning 3-2 away to Tottenham Hotspur on February 9.
The Saints then picked up a point away to Manchester United last weekend, with Che Adams cancelling out an effort from Jadon Sancho, and the result moved the club onto 29 points, which has left them in 10th position in the table, four points behind ninth-placed Brighton & Hove Albion.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have only lost seven of their 24 league games this term, drawing 11 times in the process, and they will need to start turning some of those stalemates into victories if they are to finish in the top half of the division this term.
Southampton have won three, drawn seven and lost one of their 11 home Premier League matches this season, and they will be taking on an Everton side with the third-worst away record, with the Toffees picking up just six points from their 11 matches on the road.
The Saints actually now have three straight home matches, facing Everton and Norwich City in the league before welcoming West Ham United in the FA Cup at the start of February, and the team appear to be finding their best form at a crucial stage of the campaign.
Everton’s Richarlison celebrates scoring their third goal on February 12, 2022
Everton, meanwhile, will enter the contest off the back of a 3-0 win over Leeds last weekend, with Seamus Coleman, Michael Keane and Anthony Gordon on the scoresheet in the success at Goodison Park.
Lampard has managed two wins from his three matches in charge, overcoming Brentford in the FA Cup on February 5 before losing at Newcastle United three days later, so the victory over Leeds last time out was crucial, particularly as the Toffees have a tough run of matches ahead.
Indeed, the Merseyside giants will face Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers in their next three league fixtures after this one, while they will take on Boreham Wood in the FA Cup at the start of next month.
A record of six wins, four draws and 12 defeats from 22 matches has left Everton in 16th position in the table on 22 points, just five points clear of the relegation zone, but they have two games in hand over 18th-placed Norwich, and another victory in this match would place them in a strong position.
The Toffees have won their last two Premier League games against Southampton, including a 3-1 victory in the reverse match earlier this season, but they lost 2-0 at St Mary’s last term.