Last Updated: 29/12/13 4:40pm
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Mark Clattenburg blows for full-time and Everton are 2-1 winners after a thoroughly enjoyable game. Romelu Lukaku's goal proved to be the winner after Gaston Ramirez had cancelled out Seamus Coleman's first-half strike. 2-1.
Seconds left on the clock now as Everton look to keep the ball as close to the Southampton corner flag as possible. Mirallas wins a throw.
Steven Naismith is receiving treatment for a head injury after colliding with Lovren. He's back on his feet and should be able to continue.
Ramirez lofts a free-kick into the box, Lovren climbs to meet it but misses his header and it goes behind for a goalkick.
The corner falls to Baines on the edge of the area, although his strike is somewhat erratic and it flies over the bar.
Big chance for Everton to kill to game off! Mirallas' scuffs his shot into the path of Lukaku, the striker diverts it goal-bound but Davis does well to get down low and palm it behind for a corner.
Ramirez floats the free-kick towards the back-post where Lambert meets it with his head. There's a call for handball against Disitn but Clattenburg waves it away.
Lukaku hauls down Fonte midway in the Everton half and Southampton are awarded a free-kick in a potential shooting position. Ramirez and Lallana eye it.
Alcaraz has had a good Everton debut so far and he cuts in ahead of Rodriguez to clear their lines after a searching through-ball.
Luke Shaw rifles a strike over the bar from wide on the left after the loose ball fell to him. That was always rising. Everton goalkick.
Southampton are attempting to pile on the pressure now, there's some great play by Lallana and Rodriguez before Barkley muscles in to get the clearance.
Lukaku comes close to adding to his tally for the afternoon after shimmying his way past Ramirez, Ward-Prowse and then Lovren, only to fire over the bar. Great piece of trickery from the big striker.
Barkley blocks Ramirez' strike before Alcaraz heads behind for a Southampton corner. This is compelling.
What a breath-taking few minutes of play. Everton have somehow regained the lead despite waves of Southampton pressure, unstoppable finish from Lukaku.
GOAL! Everton are back ahead through Romelu Lukaku! The striker latches onto James McCarthy's precise ball in and he emphatically sweeps it past Davis to end his barren run of five games without a goal. 2-1.
GOAL! Gaston Ramirez equalises for the Saints with a strike from some distance! He cuts inside of McCarthy before unleashing an effort past the flailing arms of Robles. Questions will surely be asked of the goalkeeper but Southampton are level. 1-1.
Southampton are enjoying a good spell of play. They continue to come forward but Chambers' cross is deep and it goes behind for a goalkick.
There's a bit of a hairy moment for Everton from the resulting corner. Robles had seemingly collected Lallana's cross but a collision with Dystin nudged it out of his arms, Rodriguez almost gets onto the loose ball, only for Robles to redeem himself and smother it.
Southampton win a corner after Rodriguez' strike is deflected behind by McCarthy after Shaw's blocked effort rebounded into his path.
Rickie Lambert is shown the yellow card for throwing the ball at James McCarthy. Mauricio Pochettino won't be best pleased with that. Needless from Lambert.
Coleman cuts inside after some good play from Barkley, he tries a strike with his left foot, only for Shaw to stand strong and get the block away.
Lallana almost talked himself into a yellow card as well but Clattenburg decides to keep it pocketed. McCarthy to take the free-kick, 40 or so yards out.
Pienaar gets an early first touch as he tries to combine with Baines, but the winger can't quite get it under control and Southampton clear.
The Goodison crowd aren't best pleased as play is waved on despite Barkley being down injured, Shaw continues but his cross is eventually blocked.
Ward-Prowse's corner is headed away by Baines but Davis collects it on the edge of the box. Fortunately for Everton, the midfielder is wasteful and his return ball in floats harmlessly over the bar.
Just like the first-half, it's end-to-end stuff as Davis wins Southampton a corner which Ward-Prowse will take.
Big chance for Everton! Oviedo uses his trickery on the left to beat Chambers, he crosses for Barkley, but the midfielder is knocked slightly off balance by Lovren's sliding challenge and he can only guide it wide.
Lovren performs a perfectly-timed sliding challenge on Lukaku after some great play from Barkley had found the striker out wide. Southampton have had the better of these opening stages in the second-half.
Robles' almost makes a hash of his clearance before McCarthy is able to shore things up with the clearance.
Ward-Prowse looks to play his free-kick towards the back-post but Fonte is adjudged to have challenged unfairly and Everton are awarded a free-kick inside their own area.
Bryan Oviedo is the first player of the game to go into the book. He flies in late on Chambers and takes his legs away. Free-kick for Saints which Ward-Prowse will deliver into the area.
Baines can't control McCarthy's pass and it goes out for a throw in an attacking position for Southampton.
Lukaku has taken a bit of a knock after a collision with Lovren. Play resumes starting with Davis at the back for Southampton.
Southampton start the half brightly with Luke Shaw striding down the left, he crosses looking for Lallana, but McCarthy is able to get a vital touch before Baines hoofs it clear.
Mark Clattenburg signals for half-time and Everton go into the break with a 1-0 lead thanks to Seamus Coleman's excellent ninth-minute strike. 1-0.
A mix-up in defence sees the ball falls to Lambert on the edge of the area, only for him to scuff his attempted volley straight at Robles.
Baines whips an inviting ball into the danger area but a Southampton head beats McCarthy to it and steers away.
Chambers barges over Oviedo and Everton are handed a free-kick in a crossing position from the left hand-side. Baines and Barkley stand over it with men in the box.
Cork does well to block the path of Baines and clear to safety after the Everton full-back was looking to work his way into a crossing position.
Ward-Prowse then fires over from outside of the area as Southampton continue to mount pressure on the Everton goal.
Good chance for Southampton as Rodriguez nods the ball into the path of Lallana, the England midfielder does excellently to adjust himself and flick the ball away from the challenge of Osman and Distin before firing low and wide of Robles' post. That deserved a goal.
It's been quite frustrating for Lukaku so far this afternoon, he's currently on a five-game run without a goal but has shown no sign of ending it as yet.
Lukaku should do better with Oviedo in acres of space inside the area. The striker hesitates before trying to play him in, but Lovren comes across and his block rebounds off the legs of Lukaku and goes behind for a goalkick.
McCarthy tracks back well to usher the ball behind for a goalkick. Another good show of strength from one of the midfielders.
That's where Everton have had their most joy so far this half - down the right through Coleman as Shaw is yet to get to grips with him.
Coleman latches onto Naismith's through-ball and drives into the box, only for Davis to come across and combine with Lovren to put the full-back off his balance and it goes behind for a goalkick.
For a fairly small lad, Ward-Prowse certainly puts himself about. He muscles Baines off the ball outside of the Southampton box and clears the lines.
Everton are awarded a free-kick just inside the Southampton half after Chambers caught Oviedo late. Baines will play it short to Barkley.
Ward-Prowse does excellently to track back and nick in ahead of Barkley to usher the ball back to Davis when Everton looked to attack.
Luke Shaw drags an effort wide of goal from the edge of the area when he probably should have waited for arrivals in the box.
Calum Chambers clears up-field after Lukaku and Oviedo were unable to connect and find a way in on goal.
Cork looks for the run of Davis but his ball is too heavy for the midfielder to latch onto at it rolls harmlessly into the arms of Robles who gratefully collects. Southampton growing in confidence.
The offside flag is raised but Robles takes no chances as he smothers Lambert's effort following an exquisite back-heel from Lallana. That was a close call and arguably Saints' best passage of play so far.
Baines' corner floats towards the six-yard box but Davis comes off his line to claim it from the air.
It's very much a midfield battle at the minute with Barkley and Cork particularly involved in a number of physical stand-offs.
Lambert bundles over Sylvain Distin inside the Everton half and the hosts are awarded a free-kick which is played short to Baines on the left. He looks for Lukaku with a long ball, but Fonte cuts it out.
There are a few calls for a penalty from the home crowd as Naismith's shirt is tugged by Lovren in the area before Davis collects the high ball. Mark Clattenburg waves away the protests.
Rodriguez eventually keeps Cork's cross in play, he attempts a cross into the area before Alcaraz heads it away. Barkley then shows great strength to pick up the ball and drive into the Everton half.
Leighton Baines can't quite decided whether to cross or shoot from distance and in the end his effort goes harmlessly high and wide.
Southampton are clearly a threat in the final third. Steven Davis almost breaks into the area but Naismith gets in his way to clear.
Southampton try to work something at the other end but Lambert can only find touch with his chipped pass and Everton play it all the way back to Robles from the throw-in.
That's exactly the start that Everton will have wanted and what a lovely finish from Coleman. Although from a Saints point-of-view, questions will surely be asked of whether James Ward-Prowse should have done more to stop him and why Luke Shaw was not in position.
GOAL! Seamus Coleman fires Everton into the lead! The full-back cuts inside of James Ward-Prowse, striding into the area, before lashing his strike into the top corner away from the flailing arms of Kelvin Davis. Superb play from Coleman. 1-0 Everton.
It's been a bright start to this game so far with both teams looking to be adopting pretty attack-minded approaches. Other than Barkley's early chance, there hasn't been too much action in front of goal but that will surely change as things progress.
Leon Osman is forced to slide in and knock it back to Robles after Shaw's pass for Lallana was slightly over-hit.
Rodriguez tries to force an opening at the other end, only to find Alcaraz standing tall. The defender comes away with the ball and tries to feed Lukaku but Fonte cuts it out.
Early chance for Everton as Barkley picks the ball up in midfield, full of energy, he finds Coleman out wide on the right before carrying his run into the box. Coleman picks him out as he arrives but Barkley can't quite get the connection needed and Davis can collect.
Alcaraz looks for Lukau with a long ball over the top, the striker attempts to bring it down using his head but Lovren cuts in to clear the danger.
Mark Clattenburg is today's referee, his name was greeted by boos from the home crowd after it was read out over the PA system...
A nice touch at Goodison Park as the whole ground partakes in a minute's applause for all of the Everton fans and former players who have lost their lives over the last year.
The teams are out on the pitch at a sold-out Goodison Park with kick-off just moments away. If you have any last-minute score predictions or thoughts during the game, feel free to Tweet me: @ryanparrish1919 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to Nathan Collison who has also emailed in, he says: 'A 1-1 draw today, both sides not enjoying the best of form over this festive period. Lukaku to end his goal drought and a goal from in form Lallana.'
That is a good point from Zeeshan (see previous email) regarding the line-up. It appears as though Everton will continue in the shape of 4-2-3-1, but with Oviedo and Naismith operating on the flanks, with Baines in at full-back and Barkley in the hole behind Lukaku, leaving Osman to drop slightly deeper in midfield. Kick-off is less than 15 minutes away though, so we will soon find out.
Zeeshan Cats has also been in touch and he predicts the same outcome as previous emailer, Stewart: Zeeshan says: 'I hope Roberto Martinez knows what he is doing with this unusual lineup. This is a must win for Everton so I think they will edge it 2-1.'
Thanks to Stewart MacLaren who has emailed in from what he describes as a 'cold & windy Torrevieja in Spain'. He is backing a home win, saying: 'Everton will beat Southampton 2-1 at Goodison Park this afternoon with good goals from Ross Barkley & Romelu Lukaku.'
A win for Everton would see them draw level on 37 points with third-placed Chelsea for the time-being (Jose Mourinho's side face Liverpool at 4pm), while Southampton will remain in ninth place on 27 points regardless of whether they win, lose or draw.
The last meeting between these two ended in a 0-0 draw back in January and Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has now gone five successive Premier League appearances and 451 minutes without scoring in the competition.
A couple of pre-match stats for you then as we await kick-off: Goodison Park has been far from a happy hunting ground for Southampton in recent years as today's visitors have managed to win just once in their last 14 trips there (November 1997).
As always, you can get in touch before, during and after the game to voice your thoughts. Your score predictions are also welcomed, and you can get in touch either by Tweeting me: @ryanparrish1919 or dropping me a line via email to email@example.com.
While for the visitors, Mauricio Pochettino makes three changes from the side that cruised to a 3-0 Boxing Day win at Cardiff. Kelvin Davis replaces Paulo Gazzaniga between the sticks, Dejan Lovren returns to the defence with Maya Yoshida dropping to the bench and James Ward-Prowse comes in for Morgan Schneiderlin.
So it's five changes for Everton as Roberto Martinez looks to bounce back from the Boxing Day 1-0 defeat to Sunderland. Joel Robles replaces the suspended Tim Howard in goal, Leighton Baines makes his return to the side in place of Steven Pienaar, Antolin Alcaraz replaces Phil Jagielka to make his first Everton start since joining from Wigan, Ross Barkley steps back in for Gareth Barry who is serving a suspension and Steven Naismith is handed a start as Kevin Mirallas drops to the bench.
Southampton XI v Everton: K.Davis; Chambers, Lovren, Fonte, Shaw; S.Davis, Ward-Prowse, Cork, Lallana; Lambert, Rodriguez.
Everton XI v Southampton: Robles; Baines, Alcaraz, Distin, Coleman; McCarthy, Barkley, Oviedo, Osman, Naismith; Lukaku.
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