What we have here is a tactical encounter which will be won by the manager who sets the team up correctly considering the closely matched set of players
Tottenham have managed to strengthen in much needed areas with a new right back in Doherty coming into the squad alongside the addition of Hojgberg who will provide a layer of cover to the defence that Spurs have been missing for years. They are very reliant on Kane being on fire and getting service from the likes of Son etc, but Mourinho looks to have tinkered with the set up which suggests a more traditional 4-5-1 will be in operation which could isolate Kane on his own, allowing for teams to dominate them after they clear the ball when its only Kane doing the chasing. The defence doesn’t fill me with confidence with Dier just not making the grade as an out and out centre half which could lead to problems against the dynamic strength and power of Evertons attack.
Everton on the other hand have done some very strong work in the market vastly improving the centre of the park with Doucoure, Allan and Rodriguez coming in which could rival most teams in the league. Allan will do a similar job to what he done at Napoli sit in front of the defence and mop up any danger that may appear and this will stand them in good stead. Then you have the box to box energy of Doucoure and you have a duo that compliment each other perfectly. Ancelotti has built Calvert-Lewin into an exciting young striker who will hassle the opposition and now has the composure to finish off chances which before he would have wasted.
- There is a 76% chance of over 1.5g
- There is a 51% chance of over 2.5g
- There is a 71% chance of over 7.5 corners
- The h2hs currently sit at 63-54-48 in Tottenhams favour
- Everton have failed to beat Tottenham since 2012 which spans 15 games.
- Everton have received the first card in there last 7 away games
- H2h games have averaged 2.8 goals.
The bookies have this priced up as an easy Tottenham win, who can blame them they have strengthened in the areas required and they have also got the better of Everton very frequently and their was 6 places between them last season.
But what we are forgetting is Ancelotti has had time to get Everton playing the way he wants them too, after coming in midway through the season on December, which in the 20 games he managed they failed to get a point in 6 of these games which only one of those teams were below them in the league. He has done some great business and improved the only part of the park that needed drastic change, if these players can bed quickly they will have a cracking team going forward.
Half Time correct score 0-0 7/4 1pt
Under 2.5 goals 1/1 2pts
Under 3 goals
Under 11 corners
Over 3 cards
Odds – 5/1 1pt