Premier League Betting: Southampton vs. Everton

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 5:14 PM GMT

Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 5:14 PM GMT

The Toffees, after dominating against Manchester United, will try to keep pace with another three points when they travel to take on Southampton this weekend. How are the soccer betting odds shaping up for this crucial league fixture?

Odds Overview
Though Everton's in the midst of a wonderful season, this is an extremely difficult match away from home, and the sports betting lines reflect that. 

The Toffees are priced out as +140 favorites, with the Saints at +185 to +200 and a draw listed in the +240 to +260 range at the sportsbooks.


Southampton
It hasn't been a good month for the Saints so far. They've yet to win, picking up losses to Manchester City (1-4) and Cardiff City (0-1) and drawing away versus Aston Villa (0-0). 

Chances were few and far between in the deadlock against the Villans. They only had three total shots, two of which were on goal, despite the fact they held approximately 68 percent of the possession in the match.

Having picked up only one point out of a possible nine over their previous three, the Saints have fallen completely out of the race for the sixth spot and are now eight back of seventh-placed Manchester United. Southampton is in eighth, with 49 points through 35 league fixtures.

That serious injury to top striker Jay Rodriguez has clearly had a huge effect on Southampton. Their attack has looked far less threatening and they've failed to find the back of the net in both matches since he went down.

The impetus will continue to fall on Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, who have 20 goals and 16 assists between them in Premier League play so far.

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Everton
The Toffees quickly got over that shocking 2-3 home loss to Crystal Palace by comfortably beating Manchester United 2-0 at home this past weekend. 

The damage was done in the first half. Leighton Baines converted from the penalty spot in the 28 minute and Kevin Mirallas found the back of the net 15 minutes later to all but seals the deal for Everton.

The score-line may actually not show how dominant the Toffees looked throughout. They made the Red Devils look terrible and were unlucky not to score more goals.

Those key three points mean Everton is still just one point behind Arsenal for the fourth spot in the Premier League. The Toffees unfortunately have the harder remaining schedule, starting of course with this away fixture at Southampton.

Everton has picked up seven wins, six draws and four losses in 17 away fixtures while scoring 21 goals and surrendering 18. They're obviously in the better run of form at the moment, but we've learned to come to expect anything in the Premier League after a season full of surprises and twists.

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Premier League Pick
Losing Rodriguez, who was expected to make a run at making the England squad for the World Cup, has been a massive blow to what had become a fluid and dangerous Southampton attack. 

But, while they've struggled without their top goalscorer, we do think the Saints are worth picking with our soccer picks this weekend. They lost (1-2) a hard-fought match in the first meeting at Goodison Park, yet we look for an even better showing in the rematch.

Southampton has fought hard at home, drawing against the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal, they still have dangerous players that can cause problems, and we expect them to give the Toffees a run for their money this weekend. In the end, we foresee them earning a point here against a very talented Everton outfit.

Pick: Southampton 1 Everton 1
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