Southampton v Everton: Hostile atmosphere can aid travellers

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Southampton have had an eventful week to say the least, with Wednesday’s 2-2 draw away to Chelsea followed by the shock sacking of Nigel Adkins on Friday.

Former Espanyol boss Mauricio Pochettino is his replacement, and he will be desperate to get off to a winning start against Everton on Monday, with his new side 13/5 to triumph.

A hostile atmosphere is guaranteed at St. Mary’s, where a number of disgruntled supporters are thought to be planning a protest in reaction to Adkins’ dismissal.

And that could bode well for 21/20 Everton, who have lost only twice on the road this term, and have the fifth best away record in the top flight.

They have collected five draws on their travels too however, and so some punters may take the 23/10 odds on offer regarding a stalemate in this tie.

It is worth noting that the Toffees haven’t lost in the past six meetings between the pair, winning three of those matches, and scoring three times most regularly.

Indeed, Everton emerged victorious by a 3-1 scoreline in the teams’ Goodison Park encounter earlier in the season, and a repeat of that outcome is priced at 14/1.

What may appeal more to punters though, is the 2/1 price about an away win in a game featuring more than 2.5 goals.

And backing both teams to score could too prove profitable, in light of the 15 home goals Saints have mustered thus far this term, and the 18 Everton have hit on their travels.

Punters can back each defence to be breached at 4/6, whilst the 3/1 about both teams notching in an Everton win looks very tempting.

For those wishing to place a first scorer bet meanwhile, an array of options look to have chances of turning a profit, with Nikica Jelavic the most obvious candidate at 5/1.

Everton’s nine-goal top scorer Marouane Fellaini is a 6/1 hope, whilst the hosts’ leading marksman Rickie Lambert is 13/2 to break the deadlock.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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