Two teams seriously falling off the pace for European qualification meet on Friday night at Goodison Park as Everton host Tottenham Hotspur. The Toffees go into the fixture winless in four straight games and have dropped the ball in terms of finishing in the top five. Spurs have also dropped the ball of late. They are winless in back-to-back matches and managed to concede three times after opening the scoring against Manchester United last weekend to lose 3-1.
Tottenham Hotspur are now six points off of the Champions League qualification places. Five points have Jose Mourinho’s team off of the top five and Chelsea. The Mourinho era at Tottenham Hotspur could be nearing its end as the Telegraph recently ran an article on potential replacements for the manager. Things have not gone to plan for Spurs since hiring Mourinho although they are in the Carabao Cup final later this month versus Manchester City. If Spurs lose that game and fail to finish in the top four, Mourinho is likely to get the sack.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team may be the most inconsistent team in the Premier League. After stringing together a few wins, Everton fail to win multiple matches. At the moment, they are winless in four straight games collecting just two points during that same time span.
The Toffees won the reverse fixture against Tottenham Hotspur earlier this season, 1-0. It was a nip and tuck game with Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring the game’s only goal from a late set-piece.
Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur Odds
Everton and Tottenham Hotspur will meet on Friday night with three big points on offer. Spurs are favourites to collect the win at odds of 14/11. Like Everton, Spurs are massively inconsistent in the second half of the season. They went from title contenders pre-Christmas to a team simply trying to hold onto a top-six place in the second half of the campaign. Tottenham Hotspur took 10 points from their last 18 on offer. They allowed eight goals to opponents while scoring 11 themselves.
One of the managers that has been tipped to take over for Mourinho is RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann. The German tactician is referred to as “Baby Mourinho”. However, Spurs fans may be more interested in Nagelsmann as coach knowing that RB Leipzig have put in strong challenges for the Bundesliga title and Champions League trophy in two years under the young coach.
Everton took eight points from the last 18 on offer in the league. They scored a shockingly low four goals as Calvert-Lewin has struggled for goals in the season’s second half. Since December 5, Calvert-Lewin has tallied just four goals meaning 10 of his 14 Premier League strikes came before the month of Christmas.
The Toffees are at odds of 19/8 to win at full-time. Everton won the reverse fixture against Spurs 1-0 and followed that up with a victory over the Londoners in the FA Cup. The game finished 4-4 at full-time in a thriller with Everton winning 5-4 in extra-time with 97th-minute goal from Bernard.
Everton vs Tottenham Team News
Ancelotti will be without a host of players and several more could join the injury list for the game. As it stands, full-back Bernard is ruled out of the fixture along with centre-back Yerry Mina and central midfielders Fabian Delph and Abdoulaye Doucoure.
Jordan Pickford looks fully fit following an abdominal injury. Meanwhile, Josh King, Calvert-Lewin, Andre Gomes, and Allan could all make the team for the game. All four of those players are fighting for fitness with the game nearing.
Mourinho has two players on the Spurs injury list. Ben Davies and Matt Doherty are struggling with injuries. Both players could be back for the Carabao Cup Final later this month against Manchester City. Mourinho’s use of certain players has become even more baffling as Tottenham Hotspur have declined in the second half of the season. A variety of pundits have pondered why Mourinho fails to use both Dele Alli and Gareth Bale regularly. In the case of Alli, he has experienced a massive decline since Mourinho’s arrival.
While Naglesmann’s name has popped up on several occasions in regards to replacing Mourinho, one name that was mentioned on Tuesday was that of former Chelsea and Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri. The Italian did not have a good time in west London but is apparently admired by Daniel Levy. It is thought that Sarri could re-join Napoli in the summer.
Everton vs Tottenham Prediction
Both teams to score YES @ 4/5 - BET NOW
It isn’t likely that these teams will play out another 4-4 game like they did in the FA Cup, but they should see more goals than in the reverse fixture from the Premier League from earlier this season. Six of the last 10 games between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur finished with both teams scoring goals. Their last three meetings at Goodison Park all ended with both sides finding the back of the net.
Harry Kane to score anytime @ 11/10 - BET NOW
Nineteen goals and 13 assists in 29 league games have been scored by Harry Kane this season. Kane has three goals in his last three games in the league. The striker has bagged 10 career goals in 12 matches against Everton. The England international is vital for Tottenham Hotspur making Europe next season. Kane is the Premier League’s co-leader in goals scored with 19 – the same as Mohamed Salah.
Over 2.5 goals scored @ 1/1 - BET NOW
Six of the last 10 matches between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Unlike their 4-4 FA Cup match, we should see fewer goals, but still more than 2.5 goals overall. Spurs’ last two league games both ended with more than 2.5 goals tallied.
Everton, on the other hand, have seen lower scoring games in recent weeks, but should struggle to keep Tottenham Hotspur’s attackers from being quiet. Everton have won just once in their last six matches at home. They should struggle once more against Spurs, who will keep hopes alive of making Europe through their league position.
Everton vs Tottenham Tips
Here are our Everton vs Tottenham tips for Friday's Premier League match at Goodison Park.
1. Both teams to score YES @ 4/5
2. Harry Kane to score anytime @ 11/10
3. Over 2.5 goals scored @ 1/1
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