Everton v Southampton: match preview

Rafael Benítez did not win any of his opening Premier League games in charge of Liverpool, Chelsea or Newcastle and needs to rectify that sequence in his first game as Everton manager at Goodison Park. There was audible dissent against Farhad Moshiri’s controversial appointment during the 4-0 pre-season friendly defeat at Manchester United last weekend and few allowances will be given for the mediocre squad, and the FFP constraints, that Benítez has inherited. Southampton have not won at Goodison since 1997, however, and faced their own disruptions this summer, with Danny Ings and Jannik Vestergaard leaving. Andy Hunter

Saturday 3pm

Venue Goodison Park

Last season Everton 1 Southampton 0

Referee Kevin Friend

Last season G25 Y59 R3 2.48 cards/game

Odds H Evens A 3-1 D 11-4

EVERTON
Subs from Begovic, Virgínia, Holgate, Kenny, Mina, Nkounkou, Iwobi, Davies, Delph, Gomes, Gbamin, Kean, Broadhead, Dobbin

Doubtful Kean, Gomes, Gbamin (all match fitness)

Injured Rodriguez (self-isolation, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y59 R2 (last season)

Leading scorer Calvert-Lewin 16 (last season)

SOUTHAMPTON
Subs from McCarthy, Lewis, Diallo, Obafemi, Redmond, Walcott, Stephens, Livramento, Simeu, Broja, A Armstrong, Elyounoussi, Valery

Doubtful None

Injured McQueen (knee, unknown), Smallbone (knee, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y52 R3 (last season)

Leading scorer Ings 12 (last season)