Premier League Match Preview: Southampton vs. Everton

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Updated: April 21, 2014
Everton and Southampton

Match Date: 26 April 2014 (local time)

Venue: The Friends Provident St. Mary’s Stadium

 

Everton’s Champions League quest remains alive as it snatched a crucial victory against last season’s title holder, Manchester United. The win enabled the Tofees to keep the pressure against its closest rival, Arsenal FC, which currently maintains a mere 1-point lead against them.

 

With the stunning loss to Crystal Palace, it seemed that Everton’s Champions League bid is already over. However, the club was able to regain its confidence and enjoy redemption as they outlasted Manchester United. The win did not only strengthen its campaign, but also proved as a strong testament of Roberto Martinez’s tactical strength over his predecessor, David Moyes.

 

Given their renewed confidence, the club will face Southampton in an attempt to outrank the Gunners. The Tofees are currently pegged as the match’s online betting favorite as they have been successful in 8 of its last 9 matches and have been scoring an average of 2 goals during their last 7 matches.

 

On the other hand, Southampton is in dire need of a victory if they aspire for a stronger finish this season.

 

Currently, Southampton’s form begs for a major improvement. It has only won twice in its last 6 matches. The result of its Aston Villa encounter barely helped them improve its rank despite gaining a point from the scoreless stalemate.

 

Prediction: Everton

With its next match pegged against Manchester City, Martinez and his men shall not waste the golden opportunity to secure a crucial victory and eventually, qualify for the Champions League.

 

Image Source: Sports Illustrated