Southampton are in the midst of their worst losing run of the 21st century yet remain fifth in the Premier League - a situation Ronald Koeman would have snapped your hand off for at the start of the season.
Saints' impressive start to the campaign made a mockery of those predicting a season of woe in the wake of the unparalleled summer talent drain from St Mary's.
However, Saints' best-ever top-flight start has gone off kilter in recent weeks and they enter Saturday's match against Everton looking...
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard said Ross Barkley has no problem handling expectations as his teammates are always on hand to bring him back down to earth.
Barkley, 21, enhanced his growing reputation with a brilliant opening goal in Monday's 3-1 Premier League victory over QPR.
The midfielder has regularly been likened to Paul Gascoigne and touted as the most gifted footballer of his generation, though Howard believes he has more in common with former Everton prodigy Wayne Rooney and Liverpool's Steven...
There is rarely a good time to travel to Southampton -- particularly for an Everton side with just one win from their last 13 visits to the south coast -- but this may be a better time than most.
The Saints are one of the few sides having to contend with a lengthier injury list than the Blues', not to mention the home side's current run of five successive defeats. Their lack of confidence and long list of absentees are things Roberto Martinez's men have to exploit.
Before anybody begins to count...