Everton vs Southampton
Everton will face off with Southampton on Saturday afternoon in their first Premier League game of the campaign.
The last few months have of course seen a fair bit of change happening at Goodison Park.
Carlo Ancelotti, after less than a year at the helm, would leave the Toffees to re-join Real Madrid.
And after something of a drawn-out saga, Everton eventually appointed former Liverpool man Rafa Benitez as his replacement.
Everton have also, at the time of writing, brought in Demarai Gray, Andros Townsend and Asmir Begovic.
Southampton, meanwhile, have not had the best of summers to date. They have lost key man Danny Ings to Aston Villa, with Jannick Vestergaard also looking set for the exit door:
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers is hopeful potential new signing Jannik Vestergaard will be available to face Wolves on Saturday.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 12, 2021
Rafa Benitez on Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Ahead of Saturday’s game, Rafa Benitez spoke to the media on Friday.
When doing so, the Spaniard would be drawn on Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The striker would miss Everton’s final pre-season clash of the summer last weekend with what Everton described at the time as a ‘slight knock’:
🤕 | Dominic Calvert-Lewin misses today’s match with a slight knock while Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin are left out as a precaution. #EFC 🔵 pic.twitter.com/35K6oe8KbT
— Everton (@Everton) August 7, 2021
However, speaking at his press conference on Friday, Benitez would confirm that both Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison – who has only recently returned from the Olympics with Brazil – are available at the weekend:
🗣 | The manager confirms Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin are available for #EVESOU, but ‘some players are in isolation’.
Watch live: https://t.co/AKBATL2iQ8 pic.twitter.com/fWtoPSbDWb
— Everton (@Everton) August 13, 2021
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