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Tottenham vs. Everton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
10 September 2020
Saturday 12 September
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Premier League
Tottenham start their Premier League campaign with the visit of Everton on Sunday afternoon as Jose Mourinho takes charge of his first full season in North London. The Toffees, under Carlo Ancelotti, have spent big with the headline arrival of James Rodriguez.
This fixture has traditionally been a close affair, with the most recent meeting no different, as a first-half Michael Keane own goal decided last season’s game.
Everton haven’t won away at Tottenham since 2008, when Steven Pienaar decided the fixture.
Jose Mourinho may look to hand debuts to Tottenham’s summer signings Matt Doherty and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, whilst Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris should both be fit to start. Questions remain over the fitness of Giovani Lo Celso and Harry Winks, who have missed much of pre-season, and of Tanguy Ndombele, who missed the international fixtures due to coronavirus.
Mason Holgate and Andre Gomes both look set to miss out for Everton through minor injuries, which should see Yerry Mina and new boy Allan start at the weekend. It remains to be seen if James Rodriguez will be handed a debut for the visitors after signing on Monday evening.
Tottenham vs. Everton Predictions, Preview and Predictions
Everton travel to Tottenham on Sunday in a tricky opening fixture for Carlo Ancelotti’s first full season as manager. The hosts are 1.83 to win, the visitors 4.40 and a draw is 3.70.
The Toffees have made improving the midfield options available to Ancelotti a priority and so far delivered Allan from Napoli to bring bite, and James Rodriguez to add creativity. More are still expected, as well as a defensive addition and competition up front to Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
This is very much not the case for Jose Mourinho and Spurs, who appear to have their squad all-but settled for the season. A traditional central midfielder and an upgrade at right-back has filled two much-needed weaknesses for Tottenham, who will have been pleased to get their business over early, and start preparations for the season.
Having disappointed last year, Mourinho will hope to get Tottenham back to their best, and will be hoping that Harry Kane rediscovers his best form. When the England captain is firing on all cylinders Spurs look hard to beat, but without their talisman they often lack creativity.
Against a shaky Everton defence the home side should have enough about them to break the deadlock, but whether they can balance this with keeping out the lively Richarlison and co. remains to be seen.
Both teams to score at 1.83
Everton have plenty of attacking talent so are likely to get on the scoresheet despite being underdogs.
Under 2.5 goals at 1.86
Mourinho is good value for his reputation as a defensively minded coach, and will want to be solid for the first game of the season.