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Southampton team news: Mainstay returns to the squad

Mid-table side Southampton faces off against Everton in a Premier League clash at Goodison Park on Thursday.  The Saints enter the contest in 12th place on the league standings with 43 points from 33 games.

At this stage of the campaign, they will eyeing a strong finish on the top half of the standings in order to end the campaign on a high.

Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men will enter the contest in high spirits. They have won their last two consecutive league games against Manchester City and Watford respectively.  The Saints will have to make do without the services of winger Moussa Djenepo due to a calf injury according to BBC. Jannik Vestergaard, Sofiane Boufal and Yan Valery also remain out of action and will play no part in the game.

In positive news for Southampton, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg returns to their squad after a two game absence. In addition to being in high-spirits, Southampton has been playing well away from home this season.

If they can execute their skills properly during the game, they could get a positive result or a draw. The Toffees have improved since Carlo Ancelotti was appointed to manage them. However, they enter the contest on the back of a defeat after falling 1-0 against Tottenham in their last game.

That match is regarded as being one of the most boring of this season so far. However, the Toffees did win the reverse fixture 2-1 at St Mary’s in November. Southampton will be looking to avenge that.

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