Tottenham vs Everton – Match Preview
With a new Premier League season just days away, Tottenham have been paired up with Everton on the opening weekend and with the North Londoners getting the better of the Toffees at their home ground just weeks ago, manager Jose Mourinho will be hoping for more of the same.
Then again, Tottenham might not look the same and when you consider the business that the former Chelsea and Manchester United manager has carried out in the transfer market, shrewd is the first word that springs to mind.
While although Joe Hart might not get too close to the pitch, the duo of Pierre-Emile Hojgberg and Matt Doherty certainly will and with these two new arrivals, it is fair to say that weakness have been identified.
Then again, you could say the same about Everton and with the trio of midfield arrivals joining the club within the past week or so, manager Carlo Ancelotti has looked to upgrade on the quartet that looked rather pedestrian at times.
It will be interesting to see what Everton can do this season, now that Ancelotti has completed his bedding in period and with half a league campaign already behind him, it is time to see ascendency up the table.
The same statement can be applied to Spurs and Mourinho and after being hampered by so many injuries in the previous campaign but still managing to finish in the top six, the aim is to earn a return to the Champions League for 2021/22.
Whether that comes via the top four remains to be seen and when you look at the dealings that have been carried out by his two previous Premier League employers, that route may end up being closed off.
However, there is always the Europa League to provide a backdoor entry and not only would that be the perfect opportunity in which to circumnavigate the top four, but it would also end the club’s agonising trophy drought.
When it comes to trophy droughts Everton will be fully aware of the pain that has been suffered over the past quarter century and things would have only been made worse by the success of their crosstown rivals Liverpool.
The club have not lifted a trophy since 1996 and with Ancelotti now at the Goodison Park helm, supporters will be hoping that form of silverware (most likely the F.A. or Carabao Cup if we are being honest), is lifted at the end of the season.
All the talk of silver will be premature for both sides though, as their collective focus is simply to get off to winning start this Sunday and a look at the moneyline odds makes Tottenham the favourites at a tempting -110.
Admittedly Tottenham have not been all that great during pre-season, but this weekend’s visit of Everton will be the true acid test and if you think the travelling outfit can pass with flying colours, they are priced at +330 and the draw is +254.