Southampton will focus on delivering a huge upset to Everton on Sunday by vying to hand them their first defeat of the Premier League season. The Toffees have had a dream start to the 2020/21 term and currently top the table ahead of Aston Villa and Merseyside rivals Liverpool.
The Saints have had a respectable run so far, with two wins, one loss and one draw. They could make a huge statement by snatching all three points from the league leaders, who will travel to the south coast to defend their spot. Catching Everton with their trousers down isn’t such a tall ask as they may think either.
Southampton have Danny Ings in their ranks, who is not only a talisman in attack, but loves a match against the blue side of Merseyside.
The England international has completely turned his career around after making the permanent move from Anfield to St Mary’s last year. After being plagued with injuries during his time with Liverpool, Ings is now one of the league’s most clinical strikers and finished just shy of Jamie Vardy’s Golden Boot winning tally of 23 goals last season (via Premier League).
He has burst out of the blocks in similar fashion this campaign too, with a fiery four goals in five appearances so far (via Transfermarkt). Ings also boasts a unique goalscoring stat, one that could be Southampton’s ticket to a win on Sunday.
The Blues are the side who have felt the striker’s wrath the most out of his entire career. In nine meetings with the Goodison outfit, Ings has found the back of the net six times and contributed to four draws and two wins. His long spell with Liverpool will have also given him a natural urge for wanting to grab a result over his former Merseyside rivals.
Everton’s last fixture saw them draw with their local enemies and key man Richarlison will miss the St Mary’s clash after picking up a red card. It will be all to play for on the south coast as Ralph Hasenhuttl and his side keep their eyes firmly fixed on a top ten finish.