Everton host Southampton looking for a win to boost their confidence ahead of their FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United next weekend, whilst the visitors are still in with a shout of European football.
The Toffees have made Goodison Park a fortress in recent campaigns, but this season has been the opposite; eight teams have come away from Merseyside with maximum points, and Everton have lost their last three on home turf.
Roberto Martinez’s side have also shipped goals for fun at home; only Aston Villa have conceded more than Everton’s 28 in front of their own supporters.
However, one thing Everton cannot be accused of is being boring – there have been 95 goals in games involving the Toffees this season – more than any other Premier League side.
Southampton cruised past Newcastle last weekend to take their record to three wins in their past four matches, and the Saints sit just three points off fifth place heading into the weekend.
Striker Graziano Pelle has become increasingly influential for Ronald Koeman’s side in recent weeks; the Italy international has been involved in seven of their last eight goals and has ten strikes to his name overall.
However Goodison Park has not been a happy hunting ground for the Saints in recent years, with their last win there coming back in 1997 as Kevin Davies and Matt Le Tissier found the back of the net in a 2-0 win.
Romelu Lukaku – who was this week nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award – is one of seven doubts for the hosts, who are definitely without Phil Jagielka, Tom Cleverley and James McCarthy and could also be missing Ross Barkley, Leighton Baines and Aaron Lennon.
Southampton striker Charlie Austin will miss out after picking up a knock in the warm-up last weekend, but midfielder Steven Davis is fit after returning from an ankle injury.
League Positions: Everton – 12th (40 pts); Southampton – 7th (50 pts)
Previous Meeting: Southampton 0-3 Everton – August 15; 2015
Form: Everton – WLLLDD; Southampton – LDWWLW
Key Players: Everton – Romelu Lukaku; Southampton – Graziano Pelle
Shoot Says: Everton 2-2 Southampton