Everton have made their strongest start to a season since the 2007/08 campaign and hope to continue their success when they welcome Southampton to Merseyside. The Toffees' progress faltered in midweek when they were beaten 2-1 by Championship side Leeds at Elland Road. But ahead of that defeat they have made strides in the league to banish memories of former slow starts, claiming 10 points from five games to sit third in the early table. The South Coast side claimed their first Premier League victory at home to Aston Villa last weekend before knocking Sheffield Wednesday out of the cup on Tuesday night. Southampton will be keen to maintain that momentum at Goodison but could find the going tough against a Toffees side who have looked a real threat so far. History is also on Everton's side, with Moyes' men having won five and lost none of their last seven matches against the Saints.
• Everton have fired in more shots than any other team in the Premier League (102).
• Southampton have conceded a league-high 15 league goals, including nine from two away league games.
Darron Gibson and Tony Hibbert have been ruled out of Saturday's match against Southampton. Seamus Coleman is expected to continue at right-back in Hibbert's absence, as long as he recovers from a minor knock picked up in the midweek loss to Leeds. The good news for Moyes is that Nikica Jelavic should be fit to start after damaging his knee against Newcastle.
T Howard • S Coleman, P Jagielka, J Heitinga, L Baines • K Mirallas, P Neville, L Osman, S Pienaar • M Fellaini • N Jelavic
Nigel Adkins has Jos Hooiveld fit and available for the trip to Everton. The centre-half limped out at Arsenal with a calf injury but returned to action in the midweek Capital One cup win over Sheffield Wednesday. Danny Fox was withdrawn at half-time in that match with a slight knock, but should be fine. Otherwise Nathaniel Clyne will switch to left-back with Frazer Richardson coming in on the right. Adkins has a decision to make in goal with new signing Artur Boruc perhaps coming into consideration to rival Kelvin Davis and Paulo Gazzaniga. The latter got the nod in the win over Villa and also started in midweek so he will be expected to retain his start.
P Gazzaniga • N Clyne, J Fonte, J Hooiveld, D Fox • J Puncheon, S Davis, M Schneiderlin, A Lallana • G Ramirez • R Lambert