Southampton will be looking for their first Premier League win since mid-September when they welcome Everton on Sunday.
The Toffees haven’t won at St Mary’s since 2015, and have lost their last three visits in the league.
After a tough run of fixtures, Saints face a more favourable streak in the build-up to Christmas, and they will be hoping to turn their fortunes and pull away from the relegation zone.
Back-to-back trips to the Etihad saw Saints attempt to bounce back from the defeat against Leicester, and they put in two spirited performances and were unlucky in defeat.
Everton sit a place above Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men and have three point advantage, with tomorrow’s fixture a big affair for both teams.
After clinching a late draw against Tottenham last weekend, confidence could be fairly high in the Toffee’s camp, despite them losing Andre Gomes to a serious ankle injury.
Victory from tomorrow’s game could light the spark that Saints need to get back to winning ways. So I have taken a look at the key battles…
Ings vs Mina
Danny Ings could lead the line tomorrow and he will have to get the better of Colombian defender Yerry Mina to try and give Saints the upper hand.
But it won’t be easy for the frontman, with Everton’s stern defence usually difficult to break down.
Stephens vs Richarlison
Everton forward Richarlison will undoubtedly be their main threat going forward, with the Brazilian always lurking in the final third and sniffing out chances.
Jack Stephens played very well against Man City last weekend, and he will be hoping to put in a similar sort of performance and keep Richarlison quiet.
Djenepo vs Digne
Moussa Djenepo could make is much-anticipated return to the starting line-up tomorrow after an injury lay-off.
The tricky winger could go up against Lucas Digne, who is very influential for Everton from the left-back position.
Valery vs Iwobi
Yan Valery could be tasked with keeping Everton’s £34m man Alex Iwobi on Saturday afternoon.
Iwobi offers lots on the flank for the Toffees, creating chances for both himself and his team-mates.
But Valery will need to ensure Iwobi isn’t allowed to play how he wants to if Saints are to get anything from the game.
Romeu vs Sigurdsson
Gylfi Sigurdsson is another very influential Everton midfielder. The Icelandic international has featured more off the bench in recent games, so could be used as an impact sub tomorrow.
Oriol Romeu will need to be wary of his creativity and vision, and restrict his passing ability and movement during the game.