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Sunday 11 December 2016

Everton missing seven stars

'James McCarthy is suspended following his dismissal against Crystal Palace' Photo: PA
'James McCarthy is suspended following his dismissal against Crystal Palace' Photo: PA

Everton may be without seven first-team players including Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley as they look to remedy their poor home form against Southampton.

Only bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa have fewer points than the Toffees when playing in their own stadium this season as just 16 of their total haul of 40 points have come at Goodison Park.

They will attempt to record just a fifth home win in the Premier League this term against Saints todaywith a squad that has been stretched by injuries and suspension.

Phil Jagielka and Tom Cleverley are not yet ready to return, while James McCarthy is suspended following his dismissal against Crystal Palace in a game that saw Leighton Baines, Aaron Lennon, Barkley and Lukaku all pick up knocks.

"At home it's totally contrasting - eight defeats is nowhere near good enough," said Martinez.

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