By News Team
25th February 2021
Another Premier League culminates with another dose of Monday night football. This week, Everton host Southampton with the Toffees coming off the back of a huge win, while Saints have been falling down the league since late January.
Here’s our preview.
Ancelotti to continue Toffees’ rise
Everton have had tough few weeks losing to both Fulham and Manchester City, but their fortunes drastically improved last weekend when beating Liverpool at Anfield for the first time in over two decades. The Merseyside derbies, especially at Anfield, have drawn criticism for being slow and predictable but this was a different beast. Everton more than deserved their victory and finally had that killer blow that may have been missing in previous derbies. With that huge boost in morale and form, it’s no surprise that the Toffees go into the tie 6/5 favourites.
Currently sat in seventh position, they are level on points with Liverpool, three points off Chelsea in fifth and five points off West Ham in fourth. The merseysiders also have a game in hand on the teams around them which puts them in a great position to be battling for the European places. With a manager who is experienced at the highest level along with players like James Rodríguez, who have played among the footballing elite, there is no reason why they can’t do it this season. They are 9/1 to finish in the top four and secure Champions League football.
The Saints looking to stop fall
It’s been a season of mixed fortunes for Southampton. They started the season incredibly well and played some eye-catching football. They even managed to go top of the table, albeit for a short amount of time. The tide has changed rapidly in recent months and they now find themselves in 14th position and eight points above the relegation zone. They are also winless since mid-January, while also succumbing to a 9-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United.
Saints manager Ralph Hasenhüttl knows how to bounce back from bad patches, as he has with Southampton before, but he must be feeling the pressure now. A win against Everton will be just the confidence the Saints will need to get back up and running again. They are 23/10 to beat Ancelotti’s men. A win is certainly not out of reach especially if they bring their game from earlier in the season.
A man they will be counting on to produce change is Danny Ings. Their star-striker has netted eight goals in the Premier League this season and is 4/1 to be the first goal scorer, while he’s 11/8 to score at anytime.