Having chalked up their fifth win of the League season and stepped back into the top half of the table, Everton head south to Southampton looking to build some momentum heading into the Festive programme. Kevin Mirallas and Leon Osman are ruled out with injury but Gareth Barry is in contention again following suspension, James McCarthy has a 50% chance of being passed fit and John Stones is a possible starter after two and a half months out.
Steven Naismith has put pen to paper on a three-year extension to his Everton contract that ties him to the club until 2019. The new deal is recognition of his impressive form under Roberto Martinez where he has flourished in a central attacking role behind Romelu Lukaku.
Steven Naismith says that Ross Barkley should be given the time and room to develop without the burden of expectation that usually gets put on the nation's young stars. The 21 year-old made the headlines again with his impressive goal and all-round display against QPR on Monday night but his Scottish teammate warns that it may be a few years before Barkley achieves consistency in his performances.