Everton vs Tottenham: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction
Everton have not beaten Tottenham on any of the last nine attempts, but they will have to if they are to finally kick start their season when two former Southampton managers meet on Saturday afternoon. Tottenham too will be looking to revive their season and continue their strong away form.
Everton are without a win since the opening day when they beat Stoke in the Premier League. Of their four wins in all competitions to date this season, three have come at Goodison Park, also picking up a valuable point away against Manchester City. They fell apart against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last time out.
Spurs too were disappointing against Chelsea, though it has been their away form which has provided three of their four points. Their opening day win over Newcastle provided those, with a draw against Burnley after Chris Wood’s injury time equaliser having the potential to cause a hangover this weekend.
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Everton are likely to drop Wayne Rooney after events off the field during the international break, with Morgan Schneiderlin likely to come in after suspension. Koeman could go for a more attacking line-up at home with Dominic Calvert-Lewin at wing-back rather than Mason Holgate.
Pochettino is likely to give a debut to Serge Aurier at the first opportunity due to injury concerns, whilst Davinson Sanchez could also make his first start in place of Son Heung Min with Eric Dier moving into midfield.
Everton’s major concern will be goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who dropped out of the England squad with a thigh injury. He is expected to win his race to be fit, but it could be close. Davy Klaassen is less likely to win his battle against a foot issue. Long term absentees include the likes of Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy, Ramiro Funes Mori and Yannick Bolasie.
Tottenham are unlikely to risk Kieran Trippier due to his ankle injury, giving a debut to Serge Aurier instead. Victor Wanyama is also unlikely to feature with a knee concern, whilst Fernando Llorente will have to wait for his debut due to a broken arm. Erik Lamela and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou are out long term.
Match prediction: Everton 1-1 Tottenham
This will be a tight clash which could be decided by whether or not Harry Kane finds form for Tottenham. Neither side have looked particularly impressive going forwards, and they may well cancel each other out at Goodison Park.
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