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PREVIEW: Everton - Southampton team news, stats, how to watch Premier League on TV and stream online

Here’s all the information you need to know as Southampton visit Everton in the first game of the new Premier League season

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HOW TO WATCH, STREAM EVERTON VS SOUTHAMPTON AND OTHER PREMIER LEAGUE GAMES:

Date/time: 14/8/2021, 15:00 (UK), 10:00 ET, 07:00 PT (USA)

Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool, UK

How to watch Everton vs Southampton on TV

UK: No broadcast

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Canada: Streaming only on DAZN. See below for more information.

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How to legally stream Everton vs Southampton online

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Canada: DAZN (Watch EVERY Saints match in Canada with a high-quality, legal stream with DAZN. Click here to start your free DAZN trial to watch Premier League soccer)

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Everton vs Southampton team news

Southampton kick off the new Premier League season at a venue that hasn’t long been a happy hunting ground.

Rafa Benitez’s Everton are the opponents today as Saints aim to get their first league win at Goodison Park since 1997 to kick the season off in style.

Of course, that’s easier said than done. Southampton haven’t exactly had a straight forward pre-season, losing key goal scorer Danny Ings to Aston Villa two weeks ago and Jannik Vestergaard just yesterday - both players in the last years of their respective contracts.

But Saints have replaced Ings with the double signing of Adam Armstrong from Blackburn Rovers and Armando Broja, on loan from Chelsea.

Those signings are on top bringing in Romain Perraud from Brest, and Chelsea duo Tino Livramento and Dynel Simeu on permanent deals.

It’s expected that Perraud and Livramento are the new signings who are the most ‘ready’ to take on Everton, though Armstrong and Broja could get some game time on Saturday afternoon.

Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse is set to feature after recovering from a knock picked up in a pre-season friendly. The set piece specialist played every minute of the last two Saints campaigns in the Premier League.

Will Smallbone and Sam McQueen are the only players Ralph Hasenhuttl can’t call upon.

As for Everton, the Toffees are missing five players due to self-isolation protocols in relation to the coronavirus. However, Benitez has only confirmed James Rodriguez as one of those absentees.


Everton vs Southampton pre-match stats

Head-to-head

  • Everton can win consecutive league fixtures against Southampton for the first time since 2015.
  • Southampton’s solitary win in 22 Premier League meetings at Goodison Park was by 2-0 in 1997 (D6, L15).
  • Everton’s current 16-game unbeaten home run in this fixture is their longest without defeat in the Premier League against another club.
  • Southampton’s 2-0 home victory last season was their first clean sheet in nine league matches versus the Toffees.

Everton

  • Rafael Benítez failed to win his opening Premier League game as manager of Liverpool (1-1 draw at Spurs), Chelsea (0-0 home draw versus Manchester City) and Newcastle United (1-0 defeat at Leicester City).
  • This is the second time Benítez has succeeded Carlo Ancelotti. He took over from the Italian at Real Madrid in 2015, but was sacked halfway through the season.
  • Everton are unbeaten in their opening league match in the past nine campaigns (W3, D6).
  • The Toffees had the sixth worst home record in the Premier League last season (W6, D4, L9).
  • They scored 12 goals in their first four home league games last season but then only managed 12 more in the subsequent 15 fixtures at Goodison Park.
  • Everton have won just two of their past 12 Premier League home games (D3, L7). However, that run included a 2-0 triumph versus Southampton in March.
  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s 16 Premier League goals were worth 16 points to Everton last season. It was a tally bettered only by Liverpool forward Mo Salah, who earned 17 points.

Southampton

  • Southampton have won their opening fixture in just one of the past 14 Premier League campaigns (D7, L6).
  • Their opening-day win rate of 9% is the lowest of any team to have played in at least 10 Premier League seasons.
  • Saints have failed to score in their season-opening Premier League match in each of the past four years.
  • They lost 10 of their final 11 away league fixtures last season, including each of the last five.
  • Last season, only West Bromwich Albion (76) conceded more Premier League goals than Southampton’s 68.
  • James Ward-Prowse’s Premier League tallies of eight goals and seven assists last season were both career bests.

Stats via BBC Sport.