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Toffees take on Saints and must win to keep top-four hopes alive

Top-four chasers Everton (10/3) travel to Southampton in the hope of keeping the pressure on Arsenal (1/5), who play two days later and are ahead of them by one point, with three games of the season to go.

The Toffees have not won at St Mary’s in their last four attempts, with the last three being draws. Odds of 12/5 say the spoils will be shared again.

Southampton’s rest of season task now, however, is merely fighting to finish in the top-eight – they are five places and 10 points better off than last term at this stage.

That lack of motivation could be key for Roberto Martinez’s men, who have remarkably won seven of their last eight matches in the league. That included the recent 2-0 victory over Manchester United, that ultimately resulted in the sacking of former manager David Moyes, which was their 20th of the season and a club record.

On top of that, the Saints have lost three of their last five, and odds of 8/5 make the Toffees slight favourites to beat them. In four of their last six games they have kept clean sheets, and you can back them at 29/10 to do so again, or 9/2 to get a victory without conceding.

Everton won the reverse fixture in a close 2-1 encounter back in late December, with Seamus Coleman and Romelu Lukaku getting on the score sheet.

Back the big Belgian, who has got 13 goals in 30 league games this campaign so far, to be on target again anytime at 7/4.

Rickie Lambert is a good shout for Southampton to score. The England World Cup squad hopeful is a 5/4 shot to net anytime.

Injuries may play their part, with both sides without key players. For the hosts, Morgan Schneiderlin misses out, while Jay Rodriguez, Maya Yoshida and Kelvin Davis remain sidelined.

Martinez, meanwhile, will be will be unable to call on attacker Kevin Mirallas and centre back Sylvain Distin, meaning Phil Jagielka could return alongside the impressive John Stones.