EVERTON welcome Southampton to Goodison Park looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League.
After a limp display last time out against Tottenham, the Toffees will have to up their game if they want to take maximum points from a Saints side who've won their last two.
- Start time: 6pm BST
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- Everton XI: Pickford, Mina, Keane, Coleman, Digne, Davies, Andre Gomes, Gordon, Iwobi, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.
- Southampton XI: McCarthy, Walker-Pieters, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Redmond, Adams, Ings.
Follow all the latest updates from Merseyside below…
GORDON EXCITED TO PLAY
Everton youngster Anthony Gordon is relishing the chance for more Premier League experience.
The nineteen-year-old has six league appearances to his name.
Speaking about his changes and European chances, Ancelotti said:
“I tried to put fresh legs on the pitch because we didn't have much time for recovery.
“We still have a chance to reach the Europa League.
“We need to win a lot of games.
“I think there will be a fight until the last game of the season.”
Che Adams goal at the weekend means he retains his place in the starting XI.
The former Birmingham front man is starting consecutive Premier League games for the first time since December 28th 2019.
EUROPE OUT THE QUESTION?
Both sides still have faint hopes of pushing for a European place.
Only a win will do if either side wish to close the gap to Sheffield United in the final Europa League spot.
SHOULD BE A GOOD ONE
Southampton have won three of their last four Premier League matches, but Everton are unbeaten in nine league home games.
It's a tough one to call this one.
Everton will certainly hope to give a better account of themselves than they did against Spurs, while Southampton will be looking to kick on and break into the top ten following their excellent win against Man City.
Another English striker lines up opposite Ings.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has 13 league goals this season leading the line for Everton.
Both strikers surely must have caught the eye of Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate?
INGS FOR GOLDEN BOOT?
Danny Ings is in red hot form at the moment, continuing where he left off before the lockdown.
The Saints striker has 18 league goals this campaign, just four behind golden boot leader Jamie Vardy.
Everton are eyeing their first league double over Southampton since the 2001-02 campaign, after running out 2-1 winners at St. Mary's in November.
Tom Davies and Richarlison were on the scoresheet for the away side, while Danny Ings bagged for the Saints.
Ralph Hasenhuttl has named an unchanged starting lineup from Sunday's shock win over Manchester City.
Che Adams bagged his first goal for the Saints, and what a goal it was, in the 1-0 win.
Carlo Ancelotti has these options off the bench.
22 Stekelenburg (GK), 3 Baines, 10 Sigurdsson, 11 Walcott, 19 Sidibe, 20 Bernard, 27 Kean, 32 Branthwaite, 34 Baningime
Here is the Southampton bench.
28 Gunn (GK), 38 Danso, 29 Vokins, 8 Jankewitz, 23 Hojberg, 27 Smallbone, 47 Ferry, 20 Obafemi, 7 Long
Two changes to the Everton side from last time out.
Mina and Gordon replace Holgate and Sigurdsson.
A likely 4-4-1-1 formation for Carlo Ancelotti.
1 Pickford, 12 Digne, 5 Keane, 12 Mina, 23 Coleman (C), 26 Davies, 21 Gomes, 42 Gordon, 17 Iwobi, 7 Richarlison, 9 Calvert-Lewin.
Here is Raplph Hasenhuttl's side, likely a variation of 4-4-2.
1 McCarthy, 24 Walker-Peters, 5 Jack Stephens, 25 Jan Bednarek, 21 Ryan Bertrand, 14 Oriol Romeu, 16 James Ward-Prowse (C), 17 Stuart Armstrong, 22 Nathan Redmond, 10 Che Adams, 9 Danny Ings.
Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping his side give a better account of themselves than their poor showing against Spurs on Monday.
The 1-0 loss at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was Everton's first loss since the restart, but Toffees fans were concerned with the lack of fight from their team against a struggling Spurs side.
Everton are currently eleventh in the table on 44 points, a point and a place above The Saints.
It should be a tightly fought game.
Life is pretty good at Southampton at the moment.
They've got the Premier League's in-form striker, have already secured their berth for next season and are coming into this one on the back of a terrific win against Man City.
All in a days work for Ralph Hasenhuttl, who is looking forward to coming up against old foe Carlo Ancelotti on Merseyside.
These two definitely have history, with the last time they faced each other three years ago.
Hasenhuttl's RB Leipzig lost 5-4 at home to Ancelotti's Bayern Munich on the final day of the Bundesliga campaign – and the Saints boss needed a lie down afterwards.
The Austrian said: “I really remember this game because it was the most intense game I've ever managed and was maybe one of the best, even though we lost in the end.
“We were safe in second place We put the tactics away and showed everybody what we could do, especially in offensive transition. We were 4-2 up with 15 minutes to go and lost 5-4.
“But I wasn't really sad because it was so intense and everyone who was in the stadium was proud to be there. They will never forget that game.
“It was so intense that I needed two or three days to take a rest after this game!”
It's set to be a cracker this evening at Goodison, with Everton looking to hit back after a meek loss at Spurs last time out.
Kick-off is at 6pm BST, with team news on the way shortly.
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