Saturday 29/8/15, White Hart Lane, 5:30pm
Odds: Tottenham 19/20, Everton 11/4, The Draw 12/5
Referee: Mike Jones
Last three meetings:
Everton 0-1 Tottenham
Tottenham 2-1 Everton
Tottenham 1-0 Everton
*Won 3-5 after extra time against Barnsley in the Capital One Cup
Tottenham: Christian Eriksen
Everton: Brendan Galloway, Leighton Baines, Tony Hibbert, Darron Gibson, Stephen Pienaar.
Everton: Andros Townsend
Win, Lose or Draw?
There is no clear form thread to follow in the lead up to this game, with neither side capable of stringing wins together so far this term.
However, with neither manager making particularly significant additions to his squad over the summer, previous meetings over the past two campaigns are significant.
Tottenham may be yet to claim a victory this term, but they’ve won their last three clashes with the Toffees and last lost to them six renewals back.
The conclusion can only be that they have a slight edge over Roberto Martinez’ men and, with Harry Kane’s conquest of match fitness more and more successful in increments, they can add a fourth consecutive scalping to the ledger.
Spurs may be without key creator Christian Eriksen, but Leighton Baines’ absence is arguably more limiting for the visitors, who have also been handicapped by a midweek extra-time-requiring Capital One Cup run out at Barnsley.
Recommended bet: Tottenham to win @ 19/20
Who’s going to score?
Kane and Romelu Lukaku, 6/5 favourite and 19/10 second-favourites in the anytime-scorer betting respectively, are experiencing very different campaigns to last term so far in 2015/16.
The Lilywhite has yet to regain the goal-scoring thread, while Lukaku looks an altogether more effective animal having bagged braces in successive away games.
Sadly for the Belgian bulldozer he has yet to notch against Spurs in three outings as a Toffee and, as the Londoners’ most prolific dribbler, Kane makes more appeal.
Phil Jagielka’s lack of pace and the Everton full-backs’ love of attack means that the visitors are there to be run at on the break and with ‘one of our own’s supplier in chief Nacer Chadli among the assists already he can get off the mark.
Kane already has a taste for Toffee, having struck the winner against a side on a post Europe League points binge late last term at Goodison Park.
Recommended bet: Harry Kane to score first @ 7/2
More than 2.5 match goals is afforded marginal favouritism by the bwin layers and it’s easy to see why.
Everton’s top-flight outings have yielded an average of three goals so far, with two shipped to a Watford attack that has failed to score in a deuce of games since.
Meanwhile Spurs are yet to keep a clean sheet this term after shipping three times inside the last 15 minutes in their last two fixtures.
However, three of the previous four Tottenham v Everton tussles have registered one or less, with the exception clearly a freakish encounter in that it featured a Roberto Soldado strike from open play.
During that quartet of hoe-downs, the Toffees have found their way past a moderate Spurs’ rearguard just once.
Recommended bet: Under 2.5 goals @ 17/20
What else should I be backing?
Given we are opting to use past head-to-heads as our barometer, rather than current form, it would be churlish not to back a winning margin of exactly one goal.
The last three meetings have all been decided by just such a distance in Tottenham’s favour and this one is expected to follow suit in scrappy fashion.
Recommended bet: Match to be won by exactly one goal @ 27/20