STAR PREVIEW: Everton v Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham endured another miserable away day when they were beaten at Anfield last week but they went down fighting and they might be able to leave Merseyside in better spirits after playing Everton today.

Spurs’ dire start to the season has put Mauricio Pochettino under a great deal of pressure but the welcome visit of Red Star Belgrade saw some vastly improved attacking performances from key players including Erik Lamela, who scored a goal and had two assists, Harry Kane (two goals) & Son Heung-Min (also scored a brace).

They were beaten 2-1 at Liverpool but they made life extremely difficult for the Reds, with Harry Kane scoring after 48 seconds before a resilient effort forced Liverpool to pull out all the stops, with a 75th minute penalty for the hosts eventually deciding the game.

Liverpool had 21 shots, including 13 on target and 15 from inside the box, so there’s no doubting the better side won, but Spurs managed 11 shots from just 32% of possession and Son Heung-min also hit the crossbar early in the second half to boot.

Everton v Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League
16:30 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches, Since 2000)
MAY 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 2-2 Everton
DEC 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 2-6 Tottenham
JAN 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 4-0 Everton
SEP 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 0-3 Tottenham
MAR 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 3-2 Everton
AUG 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 1-1 Tottenham
JAN 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 1-1 Tottenham
AUG 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 0-0 Everton
MAY 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 0-1 Tottenham
NOV 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 2-1 Everton

It’s also worth noting that Everton are also struggling, even more so than Spurs. They are seventeenth – 21 points behind Liverpool for context – and Marco Silva is under even more pressure than Pochettino. Everton have won eight of their last ten at Goodison Park but many of their performances have been scratchy and their 2-0 win against West Ham a fortnight ago doesn’t look as good considering the Hammers’ recent slump.

They also may not have achieved much in beating Watford 2-0 in the EFL Cup in midweek, despite an improved performance when Theo Walcott came on at halftime, and there are plenty of defensive concerns with Jordan Pickford struggling to find his best form in goal and opposition sides getting plenty of good chances.

Harry Kane could reportedly miss today’s game with illness but Lucas Moura’s movement brings a different weapon for Spurs to use and Mauricio Pochettino can still call upon Song Heung-Min, Dele Alli and Christan Eriksen.

The obvious concern is their wretched away record – they have not won away since their dramatic 3-2 Champions League semi-final second leg at Ajax on May 8 and have lost nine of their last 11 away league trips – but the two occasions on which they avoided defeat were at Arsenal and Manchester City and 9/5 feels big about last season’s third placed side being able to win here.

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