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The younger generations of Everton fans would never have seen their side beat Liverpool at Anfield before the weekend, with their last win at their rivals coming back in September 1999 – a run of 23 visits.
That all changed thanks to an early Richarlison strike and a Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty - the only goals of the game.
It was no surprise to see the players so elated considering the circumstances and no doubt they would have celebrated into the night, but they’ll now need to turn their attention to this next game against a misfiring Southampton outfit.
The Saints drew with Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea at the weekend as Takumi Minamino became the first opposition player to score against them from their seven games under the new manager.
However, they followed that result up with a 3-0 defeat at Leeds in midweek, but with Ralph Hasenhuttl leaving Danny Ings and Takumi Minamino on the bench, it was perhaps a tactic of preserving his key men than to allow the high pressing Whites to empty their tanks for the foreseeable future.
No matter, they’re now on a run of seven defeats from eight winless outings and if they don’t get their act together they’ll find themselves in the relegation battle, with them currently just eights clear of 18th placed Fulham with 13 games to go.
Everton To Beat Southampton
The Toffees have no doubt benefitted from Carlo Ancelotti's arrival, with their win percentage jumping up a healthy 10% to 45% under him compared to the previous managers before him dating back to the start of 2014/15 campaign.
However, they still have issues getting the job done at Goodison Park, losing four of their last five winless outings here this year, while only Brighton and the bottom three in the table have picked up fewer points at home this season.
However, you have to think that a Merseyside derby victory is going to give this side a huge boost, not to mention the fact that they’re currently in a position to jump up to level on points with fifth placed Chelsea should they win their game in hand.
We would be concerned about the potential absence of the Saints’ key players Oriol Romeu, Kyle Walker-Peters and Ibrahima Diallo.
Without that trio of players, their defensive options are seriously limited, especially in the middle of the park, and they’ll be hard pressed to have any of them available.
The hosts don’t have those sort of injury problems and under current management they’ve still gone a respectable W8-D3-L5 against the bottom seven in the league both this term and last.
They may have lost the reverse fixture against Hasenhuttl’s charges, but that came when the visitors were high and flying on a run of five wins from six unbeaten games.
In fact, the Saints are just W1-D2-L4 against the current top seven teams since November, including defeats in their two such trips by an aggregate scoreline of 11-0. Furthermore, they’ve lost all their last four games against all opposition away from home, conceding 17 goals across them.