Everton’s season slumped to a new low on Thursday night, when a mid-table Italian side who hadn’t won away from home this season turned up at Goodison and obliterated the Blues 5-1.

David Unsworth takes charge of his seventh consecutive game, over a month has passed since the sacking of Ronald Koeman and the Toffees look no closer to appointing a new manager than they did on the day the Dutchman departed.

If there is one miniscule piece of positivity from Thursdays farce, it is that Sandro Ramirez netted his first competitive goal for the club, a much-needed strike for the Spaniard having looked half the player he was at Malaga last term. Evertonians will be hoping that is just the break Sandro needed.

Southampton are under new management after dismissing Claude Puel last season, former Liverpool defender Mauricio Pellegrino hasn’t enjoyed the most spectacular of starts to life at the Saints, currently sitting just one point above the side they welcome to St. Mary’s.

You have to look back over a month ago for Southampton’s last win, a 1-0 victory over West Brom on October 21st. But if Everton’s antics in the Europa League are anything to go by, Southampton are the form team going into this one.

Who should the visitors be wary of?
A man who was strongly linked with a switch to the Blues before he moved to Southampton was Manolo Gabbiadini, a man who bagged six goals in his first four games for the south coast side, but has only managed a further three in the 18 appearances that have followed.
But the Italian clearly has an eye for goal, and anyone would fancy their chances to get their name on the scoresheet the way in which Everton have defended this season.

Tricky attacker Sofiane Boufal hasn’t set the league alight since his £16 million move from Lille in 2016 but the Morocco international has proved he’s got the quality to torment teams, his strike in Southampton’s last win epitomised that, taking the ball from his own half, dribbling past the vast majority of the Baggies defenders then fired past Ben Foster, his fine effort then picked up the Premier League goal of the month.
And with Everton’s troubles at full-back, if he is selected Boufal will be relishing the task of running up against them.

Team news –
Mario Lemina will take a late fitness test to determine whether he can take part in this one, and fellow midfielder Oriol Romeu is suspended for the clash.

Top-scorer Oumar Niasse will serve his first of a two-game suspension after being found guilty of ‘conning the referee’, whereas Tom Davies has accumulated five yellows and will have to sit it out. Unsworth is hopeful Phil Jagielka and Morgan Schneiderlin will be fit for the game.

After Thursday’s debacle there should be no one in that squad who doesn’t want to put it right for the Blues, a much-needed win will propel Everton further away from the dreaded relegation zone, overtaking the hosts in the process and ending the 10 months wait for a win on the road in the process.

Up the Toffees.

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saintquin That's how I see it. I'd have thought you lot would be letting them know it too! I know I'm not an Everton fan and expect you to tell me to mind my own but, that is the worst Everton team I've seen in the near 40 years of watching football. January will obviously be a massive month for you lot! you sound to be of similar vintage to me and I can only reiterate your observation : this is the worst Everton team I've seen as well. What particularly galls me is their propensity toward jellyfish impersonations, the… Read more »
Trout Masked Replica I take your point mate, but if you can't keep hold of the ball in any way ie. pickford with most passes a few times this season, then it's going to be hard. Even if we had runners, I can't see anyone being able to hold on to the ball or turn a man. Dire lad True enough, confidence is gone throughout the team, genuinely think we have a decent midfield if we get a few good signings in January… A centre back and striker mainly… Hopefully bolasie back too to give us some pace…..confidence is everything… Read more »
Jeff Jones I don't know if it's possible, but I'm thinking of completely ignoring football for a few weeks. I live in Melbourne, so it might be possible. Don't watch any football shows, don't read the football pages in the paper, don't look at the scores scrolling across the bottom of the screen and don't open GOT. I'm serious. I mean, what'll I be missing? My TV is set to record all of Everton's matches and I can watch them if we've come good a bit and even go to old threads on here to find out what's happened. I'll… Read more »
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N.S.N.O. Problem is whose making intelligent runs to pass to?…. When you have no one of class upfront, or no real quality out wide, it becomes hard to pick out passes…. Our problem is up front, and the backline, Gueye/sneiderlin/Sigurdsson would be a decent trio if we could give them options I take your point mate, but if you can't keep hold of the ball in any way ie. pickford with most passes a few times this season, then it's going to be hard. Even if we had runners, I can't see anyone being able to hold on to the… Read more »
Frank Butcher

These players are disguisting. A disgrace to their profession.