Everton faces Southampton
Everton faces Southampton at the Goodison Park in a match from the first round of the Premier League 2021/22 season. Let’s dive into this fixture in our free soccer predictions for today.
Everton are starting a new era with their new manager Rafael Benitez. After the departure of Carlo Ancelotti, they managed to replace a Champions League winner with another one. The problem is the fact that some of Everton’s fans didn’t really approve the decision to hire Benitez because of his past in the local rival Liverpool. Now the Spanish coach will try to prove them wrong.
On the summer transfer market Everton didn’t do much so far. The club signed Andros Townsend and Asmir Begovic while Bayer Leverkusen’s Demarai Gray was signed for a small fee. Surely the fans expect a little bit more activity on the market right now. At the same time Bernard, Joshua King, Theo Walcott and Yannick Bolasie left the club. The Colombian star James Rodriguez is expected to leave the Goodison Park soon as well.
Everton’s fans now hope that Moise Kean will stay in the club for the upcoming season. During the previous campaign the Italian showed some real promise at PSG where he was loaned. Kean already proved to be a very capable player during the summer friendlies. It remains to be seen if he’s going to remain in Everton or not.
What worries the supporters is the future of the Brazilian star Richarlison. It’s being rumoured that Carlo Ancelotti wants to sign the player in Real Madrid which puts his future under a question. He’s one of Everton’s best players right now, so the fans hope he will stay for at least one more season.
Southampton start another season under the management of their charismatic head coach Ralph Hassenhuttl. The Austrian tactician is loved by the fans because of his passion, so it’s not a surprise they call him “the Austrian Jurgen Klopp”. So far Hassenhuttl is doing his job more than fine – he keeps the team in the Premier League.
On the transfer market Southampton made some interesting moves. The Saints paid 12 million euro to Stade Brest for the young French defender Romain Perraud while they also signed Chelsea’s teenager Valentino Livramento. He usually plays as a right midfielder and he’s a solid prospect for the future. The veteran Theo Walcott also signed a new contract with the club.
At the same time Southampton said goodbye to Mario Lemina and Angus Gunn who left the St. Mary’s. The Japanese international Takumi Minamino also returned to Liverpool after his loan spell ended.
That’s the free soccer predictions for today for the Premier League fixture between Everton and Southampton from the first round of the competition. Everton will try to show a positive change after the arrival of Rafael Benitez who has to try to win the fans’ love. At the same time Southampton know exactly what they are doing with Ralph Hassenhuttl, so we don’t expect to see any surprises from them. Their main goal this season remains survival.