EVERTON host Tottenham tonight as the Toffees look for a return to winning ways.
Carlo Ancelotti's side were held to a goalless draw with Brighton last time out, while Spurs arrive on the back of defeat to Man Utd.
- Kick-off time: 8pm BST
- TV channel/live stream: Sky Sports Main Event/NOW TV
- Everton XI: To follow
- Tottenham XI: To follow
Follow all the build-up and action with our live blog below…
- Nyle Smith
There’s been all this talk about Spurs being inconsistent and according to
Jamie Redknapp, they are ‘tough to watch’ but Everton are currently on a slippery slope themselves.
Despite the Toffees recently conquering Liverpool for the first time in a decade last month, they have failed to earn a victory in their last three matches which includes defeats to struggling sides West Brom and Burnley.
As for Tottenham, three wins from six isn’t the worst current form you’ll see in modern day football, considering two of them loses have come against two of the ‘big six’ in Arsenal and Manchester United.
However with only seven games remaining, it’s essential that the boys from North London go on a winning run if they want to finish the season in a Champions League spot.
- Nyle Smith
I briefly mentioned the FA Cup 5th round in the previous post but decided to talk about the last league meeting between the Toffees and Spurs instead.
Well, the Everton Twitter admin has given us the privilege of visually watching the highlights of the cup tie, so now as readers, you get the best of both worlds.
You can read about the league meeting, or watch the goals from the FA Cup fixture.
Anything for you my SunSport family.
- Nyle Smith
THE LAST LEAGUE EPISODE
Everton are chasing a third triumph over Spurs having already beaten them twice this season.
The Toffees overcame Tottenham most recently in a 5th round FA Cup tie where there was a total of nine goals scored on the day.
However, tonight is a Premier League fixture, so let’s rewind to match-day one when Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave Everton a perfect start to the season.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side were fired up from the first whistle. Not only were they controlling a majority of possession, but the Merseyside giants were first to every loose ball.
And Richarlison should have put the visitors ahead when he pounced on a risky pass across goal from Ben Davies.
But once the Brazilian worked himself a yard of space dribbling the ball around an oncoming Hugo Lloris, he blazed it high and wide of the mark.
Everton had Spurs completely on the back-foot but Mourinho’s men almost caught the Toffees on the counter twice.
Once through Dele Alli and the other through the Tottenham right-back debutant, Matt Doherty but both efforts were well saved by Jordan Pickford.
Former Real Madrid and Bayern Munich attacker, James Rodriguez also made his debut appearance in a Toffee’s shirt.
And his career in Merseyside almost got off to a flier but the Colombian’s left footed curled strike whistled past the post just before the interval.
With both teams having good chances, the opener could have gone either way.
Until ten minutes after the resumption when Calvert-Lewin’s header flew into the top left hand corner as a result of a Lucas Digne splendid free-kick.
Spurs were expected to retaliate but if Richarlison had his shooting boots on, it would have been Everton doubling their lead instead.
Fatigue began to take its toll on both sides due to the pandemic restricting clubs to have a minimal pre-season.
Which meant that Ancelotti’s side were able to see out their first three points of the campaign.
As for Mourinho, this was the first time the Portuguese had suffered a defeat on the opening day in his entire career as a head coach.
- Nyle Smith
PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE
A victory for the Toffee’s could see Everton climb above Spurs into 7th having played one less game than them.
As for Mourinho’s men, a win would close the gap on West Ham to only three points who are currently occupying that final Champions League spot.
It’s all or nothing at Goodison tonight.
- Nyle Smith
Hello SunSport family. I hope everyone is doing well and I hope you have all had a productive week.
I know we are approaching our first weekend with restrictions eased here in the UK, but in my opinion, there’s only one thing that can top going to a beer garden or a restaurant later on in the day.
FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL!
Tonight’s live coverage features Jose Mourinho’s Spurs who travel up north to take on Everton at Goodison Park.
In recent years, the Toffees have failed to live up to the days when they used to challenge for Champions League qualification year in, year out under David Moyes.
But this is Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton now, and his summer transfer overhaul has really help the team make strides into getting back to where they used to be.
However, performances similar to the 0-0 stalemate against Brighton last Monday is something that the Italian will know his side need to definitely prove on.
Everton were toothless up-front, slow in possession play and very lethargic in closing down. Some would even say that they were lucky to escape from the Amex Stadium with a point.
As for Tottenham, despite their inconsistency and all the scrutiny they have received throughout periods of the season, North Londoners are also still in with a good shout for finishing in the top four.
However, Spurs did taste defeat last weekend in the Super Sunday clash against Manchester United, so Mourinho will be aware that his team cannot afford anymore slip-ups.
Two teams battling it out for a chance to play in Europe sounds like an intriguing game of football to me.
Make sure to stay tuned in for every single live update relevant to the match.
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