His side dominated proceedings but were unable to grab a goal thanks to some superb goalkeeping from Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone. It was the kind of resilience we have come to expect from Everton this season so heading into their match against Southampton on Sunday it’s unlikely that they will be disheartened from losing to a struggling Sunderland side.
Players such as Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku have been in fine form this season and Martinez is getting the best out of his side. However Southampton will come into the game off the back of a convincing 3-0 win over Cardiff City, in which Jay Rodriguez grabbed a brace and showed why he is reverred as a top striker in England. Until that Cardiff win, Southampton were on the back of a run of six winless games, narrowly having lost to Aston Villa and Spurs at home.
FFC Predicts: Everton 3-1 Southampton
Southampton have shown that they can beat quality sides this year, having inflicted Liverpool’s first defeat of the season back in September, although that is their only victory against a side in the top half of the table this season. They have also only secured one win in 14 Premier League visits to Goodison Park so victory will be tough.
Everton v Southampton Pre-Match Stats
Everton have won three and lost none of their last seven Barclays Premier League meetings with Southampton (D4).
The Saints have only won one of 14 Barclays Premier League trips to Goodison Park (D3 L10).
Everton have only scored seven goals in two Premier League games, one of which was a 7-1 home win vs Southampton in November 1996.
Everton have lost just three of their last 37 Premier League home games (W24 D10 L3), but one of those defeats came on Boxing Day against Sunderland.
Jay Rodriguez has scored seven goals in his last 10 Premier League games for Southampton with five of the last six coming away from home.
Rickie Lambert has scored or assisted nine goals in his last 10 Premier League games for Southampton (four goals & five assists).
Romelu Lukaku has gone five successive Premier League appearances and 451 minutes without scoring in the competition.
Eight of Everton’s Premier League goals this season have come from defenders – more than any other club.
Morgan Schneiderlin has created the most goalscoring chances without having assisted a goal in the Premier League in 2013 (33).
Tim Howard will miss this match through suspension – he has only missed two Premier League games for Everton since the end of September 2007.