Can Spurs get back to winning ways at Goodison?

Last updated: September 6, 2017 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 15:00pm
Venue: Goodison Park
Coverage: TalkSport
Home Team Form: WDL
Away Team Form: WLD
Last Meeting: Tottenham 3 – 2 Everton
Competition: Premier League

Despite Everton playing at home, Spurs will likely be looking forward to getting away from their ‘home’ stadium for the year. The Wembley curse has maintained its grip on Tottenham, who have made an underwhelming start to the season. Everton sit three places below Spurs, but have earned the same amount of points from the opening three matches. The Toffees will be the happier of the two after a hectic start to the season though, which has also seen them qualify for the Europa League.

Wayne Rooney utilised his newly found free time during international fixtures in an interesting manner last week after being caught by Cheshire police driving while over the legal drinking limit. Rooney has been better on the pitch though, with two goals so far. New signing Gylfi Sigurdsson scored two goals of his own for Iceland in midweek and will be hoping to show why Koeman splashed so much cash on him in an Everton shirt.

Harry Kane failed once again to bag a goal in August and Spurs fans could be forgiven for being a little bit nervous about the season ahead. Losing to rivals Chelsea is an early blow, but Tottenham must dust themselves down and dig in to what is historically always a closely fought fixture. New signings Davinson Sánchez and Serge Aurier could both feature, depending on what formation boss Pochettino opts for. Most of Tottenham’s starting eleven were involved in at least one international match over the last fortnight and there’s the worry that match and travel fatigue could set in.

Team News

Jordan Pickford is unlikely to feature meaning Joel Robles is likely to step in between the sticks for Everton.

Davy Klaassen is also a doubt for the match, along with Mason Holgate, who missed Everton’s last fixture.

Spurs’ two new defensive signings, Sánchez and Aurier, are likely to feature, possibly from the start. It’s unclear whether Pochettino will go with three or four at the back.

Victor Wanyama is set to miss out with a knee injury. This should push Eric Dier into midfield, meaning one of the aforementioned new signings would start in defence.

Expected Line-Ups:

Everton (3-4-3): Robles, Keane, Jagielka, Williams, Martina, Baines, Davies, Gueye, Rooney, Sigurdsson, Ramirez
Subs: Lennon, Besic, Stekelenberg, Calvert-Lewin, Lookman, Kenny, Schneiderlin
Injured: Coleman, Funes Mori, Bolasie, Barkley, McCarthy
Doubtful: Pickford, Holgate, Klaassen
Not available:
Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris, Davies, Sánchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Aurier, Dembélé, Dier, Alli, Eriksen, Kane
Subs: Vorm, Foyth, Janssen, Sissoko, Walker-Peters, Winks, Son Heung-min
Injured: Rose, Lamela, Nkoudou, Llorente
Doubtful: Trippier, Wanyama
Not available:

So Far This Campaign

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Everton So Far This Campaign Tottenham So Far This Campaign
12th League Position 9th
1 (0) Wins (away) 0 (1)
1-0 vs. Stoke Biggest Win 2-0 vs. Newcastle
0 (1) Draws (away) 1 (0)
0-2 vs Chelsea Biggest Defeat 1 – 2 vs Chelsea
Wayne Rooney (2) Top Goal Scorer Deli Alli (2)
Y5, R1 Discipline Y6, R0
1 Failures to Score 0
1 Clean Sheets 1
33% Both Teams to Score Games 2
0% Over 2.5 Goals 66%
100% Under 2.5 Goals 33%
  • All Everton’s matches have featured under 2.5 goals this season. Against Tottenham, six of the last eight matches have seen under 2.5 goals.
  • Harry Kane has yet to score in the Premier League this season, as his record of not scoring in August survives for another season. He’s come very close though and Spurs’ goals tally will increase once he re-finds his form.
  • Wayne Rooney is currently Everton’s top goalscorer but Koeman will be hoping that Sandro Ramirez can start to lead the line and get on the score-sheet in the Premier League.
  • Christian Eriksen has assisted three of Spurs’ four goals, while Deli Alli has scored two of them. This has meant that Tottenham have scored in all their games so far and Everton will have to work hard to prevent this record from continuing.

Head to Head

Last Five Competitive Meetings Between The Sides
Date Game Result Round First Goal-scorer
05/03/2017 Tottenham 3 – 2 Everton Premier League Kane 20′
13/09/2016 Everton 1 – 1 Tottenham Premier League Barkley 5′
23/01/2016 Tottenham 1 – 1 Everton Premier League Lennon 22′
29/09/2015 Tottenham 0 – 0 Everton Premier League
24/05/2015 Everton 0 – 1 Tottenham Premier League Kane 24′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Everton have every right to be confident coming into this one. Spurs lost against Chelsea and then only managed a draw against Burnley. Looking back a little further, the Toffees have a strong home record, winning ten of their last eleven Premier League games at home.

Spurs might have failed to win back-to-back games but they have dominated both the stats and possession. A more incisive touch is required up front, along with sharper finishing from Kane. August is over and Kane celebrated by bagging a brace for England, suggesting he has once again found his shooting boots. If Tottenham do find their flow, they could be too much for Everton to handle.

This is a great chance for Everton and I fancy them to take a point here against a Spurs team still finding their feet this season. Playing it safer with a draw no bet at odds of 6/4 is a good shout, but if you feel Everton can nick a win, you can get them for 13/5 at Coral.