Everton are poised to heap more misery on Mauricio Pochettino and his Tottenham outfit when they face off in what promises to be a thrilling affair at the Goodison Park.
Everton v Tottenham – Premier League 2019/20
Venue : Goodison Park.
Date : Sunday, 3rd November 2019
Kick-off : 5:30 PM BST
TV channel : Super Sports
Everton will want to maintain the momentum they garnered in midweek following their comfortable 2-0 result in the League Cup over Watford, with the LilyWhites certain to pose even a much sterner test. A goal apiece from Mason Holgate and Richarlison proved enough for the Tofees to record their tenth home win in all competitions this year, a result which must have
gladdened Marco Silva’s heart judging by the fact that is one of the favourites to be axed on The Sack Race. Everton have however, won just once in the topflight in their last six, a 2-0 result over West Ham here the last time they filed out for a league encounter and the manner in which they succumbed to their sixth league loss away to Brighton last week no thanks to Lucas Digne last minute own goal surely leaves more to be desired of them.
As for Spurs, the pressure continues to pile for Pochettino who has seen his team embroiled in an insipid run of results. From seeing his side lose 3-0 to Brighton, to drawing with troubled Watford and then coughing up a lead to lose 2-1 to Liverpool last weekend, things keep getting even more
frustrating for the Argentine and this game provides yet another opportunity for him to bounce back from the chaos and instill some self belief in his fumbling charges.
The visitors are poor travellers by their standards, it must be noted, as they have not won an away fixture in the Premier League since their last versus Fulham in January, losing nine of their eleven games on the road (D2) since then.
Everton normally line up in a 4-2-3-1, with Richarlison spearheading an attack normally flanked by Theo Walcott and Bernard, but the latter is surely out of this game after his injury last week.
Tottenham employs a 4-3-3 formation, with Harry Kane sandwiched in between Christian Erikson and Son Heung-Min in attack.
Bernard hobbled off with a knee injury in the 3-2 loss to Brighton last weekend, and Silva has confirmed that he faces a spell on the sidelines.
Yerry Mina and Jean Philipe-Gbamin will also miss out with injury worries and this could mean Gylfi Sigurdsson and Mason Holgate will earn starts here.
Full-back Danny Rose serves a one-match suspension after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season at Liverpool, which should see Ben Davies deputise at left-back.
The duo of Erik Lamela and Ryan Sessegnon will be assessed ahead of the trip to Merseyside but Hugo Lloris is still listed as out.
Head to Head:
This clash will mark the 175th meeting between these two sides in all competitions, with Tottenham having the upper hand with 67 victories to Everton’s 54, same tally as the number of games they have drawn.
The last time the men in blue managed a victory in this fixture was as far back in the 2012/2013 campaign, when they won 2-1.
Each of the last five games between these two have seen over 2.5 goals scored. Only once have Tottenham failed to score in this fixture in the last eleven meetings.
Everton are targeting their first victory against Tottenham after 14 games (D6 L7).
Tottenham have conceded at least 2 goals in 9 of their
last 11 away matches in the Premier League.
Everton are just two points above the drop zone following their loss at the Amex Stadium and the League Cup victory over Watford in midweek merely papered over the cracks of what have so far been a below-par season. With the Tofees averaging a point per game they have played in the topflight this term, claiming the scalp of the opposition in this one will be a bigger boost and will surely set the pace in kick starting an upsurge in their fortunes.
Everton’s last 5 matches (in all
Tottenham are equally toiling to pick up the much needed points, and things have got to change with just one win in their last five games.
Tottenham’s last 5 matches (in all competitions): LLDWL
Harry Kane has been one of the shining lights for Tottenham and has garnered quite a respectable haul of goals for himself in spite of his team’s shortcomings. The English skipper took his league tally for goals to six when he stooped to nod home from Son’s rebounded strike in the loss to Liverpool and against a defence like Everton’s, one feels he has the potentials to produce the goods yet. For the records, he has found the net eight times in the last four games he has faced Everton.
Another sizeable offer to take from this clash looks to be the both teams to score market. Both sides noticeably have poor defensive records from their opening ten games and it is very likely we would see some end to end action at the Goodison Park.
And with that, most often than not, comes a lot of goals, and goals. The likelihood of this game producing at least three goals is high as this market have paid off in each of the last five games between these two and I feel this trend is set to continue.