Everton will battle with Southampton at St. Mary’s today in what has turned into a must-win game for Marco Silva. The Toffees boss is under immense pressure, as his side now sits 17th in the table, with just three league wins all season.
Should Everton lose on the south coast, it would put the relegation-sitting Southampton on the same points as the Merseysiders after 12 games. Thankfully for Silva, the Saints’ 9-0 loss to Leicester City may save him from the relegation places even if they suffer a defeat.
However, if the former Watford boss drops any more points, these next two games could be his last in English football.
Silva is expected to make one change for the trip down south, with the injury to Andre Gomes keeping him out of the team for many months.
In replace of him, Tom Davies and Fabian Delph are expected in the centre of the pitch. Elsewhere, Theo Walcott has had a change in fortune over the past month, with a goal and one assist over the last four games.
The form of Alex Iwobi in this time has also kept Gylfi Sigurdsson out of the side. However, his display against Spurs suggested that they’re missing the Iceland international, and he should come back in. Although, the injury to Bernard and Richarlison’s use up top could keep Iwobi on the left side of the attack.
At the back is where Silva has endured most of his problems. The form of Michael Keane has been woeful this season, as opposed to Mason Holgate who has one goal, one assist and a clean sheet in his past four starts. Alongside Holgate will most likely be Yerry Mina, who remains Everton’s main man at the back.
At right back, Djibril Sidibe has begun to push Seamus Coleman out the side on a permanent basis.
The Frenchman has started the past three games and showed his worth with his 7.35 rating against West Ham United last month.
The left-back spot is Silva’s easiest spot to choose from, with Lucas Digne once again proving to be one of Everton’s best players.
His fabulous assist for Cenk Tosun’s goal against Spurs was his fourth of the league season, which matches his total for the last campaign.