Southampton v Everton
Last Updated: 20/01/13 11:01pm
Monday Night Football comes to St Mary's on January 21st when Southampton host Everton in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
It's the first time this fixture has taken place in the Premier League in eight years.
That's because it's been a long road back to the top for Southampton after their relegation from the top flight in 2005. The club even plunged into League One before embarking upon a dramatic revival that culminated in back-to-back promotions and a Premier League return in 2012.
Back in March 2005, James Beattie opened the scoring for the Toffees but Peter Crouch was among the scorers as Saints hit back to earn an entertaining 2-2 draw. Both teams will arguably be hoping for better this time around as they eye points for very different reasons.
New boss Mauricio Pochettino - who succeeded the sacked Nigel Adkins on Friday - finds himself in the midst of a relegation battle. He will also find the heat is on him immediately with Saints fans largely unhappy with the dismissal of their former boss. At the other end of the table, David Moyes' men will not have given up on the UEFA Champions League dream this season - and that means having to win games like this.
Everton had little trouble dealing with Southampton at Goodison Park earlier this season as they ran out 3-1 winners with all four goals coming in a hectic first half. But the Saints are a different proposition on the south coast with their vocal home fans behind them and this promises to be an intriguing contest.
The Toffees are unbeaten on the road since mid-November whilst the Saints are coming off an impressive away win in Premier League against fellow strugglers Aston Villa.
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Barclays Premier League Pos Team P Pts 1 Liverpool 34 77 2 Chelsea 34 75 3 Manchester City 32 70 4 Arsenal 34 67 5 Everton 33 66 6 Tottenham Hotspur 34 60 7 Manchester United 33 57 8 Southampton 34 48 9 Newcastle United 34 46 10 Stoke City 34 43 11 West Ham United 34 37 12 Crystal Palace 33 37 13 Hull City 33 36 14 Aston Villa 33 34 15 Swansea City 34 33 16 West Bromwich Albion 33 33 17 Norwich City 34 32 18 Fulham 34 30 19 Cardiff City 34 29 20 Sunderland 32 25