Competition: Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Everton FC
Venue: White Hart Lane – Saturday, August 29 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET)
Match Odds: Spurs 10/11 – Draw 13/5 – Everton 14/5
Spurs have yet to win a game after an opening day defeat at Manchester United has been followed by two disappointing draws to Stoke and Leicester. This will be just their second home game of the season and fans will demand a win.
They have thrown away the lead in both of their last two outings and remaining solid after scoring will be something Mauricio Pochettino is drilling into his players.
The Lilywhites are expected to be busy in the final days of the transfer window but the club will have full focus on getting three points from Saturday’s game first.
Everton travel to White Hart Lane off the back of a midweek League Cup clash at Barnsley that went all the way to extra-time.
The Toffees did eventually make it through but could be tired from the early season work. They fell 2-0 to Manchester City last week, suffering their first loss of the new campaign after a 2-2 draw with Watford was followed by a stunning 3-0 win at Southampton.
Everton have not won at Spurs since 2008 and are underdogs for this one despite Tottenham’s poor start.
Spurs are set to still be without Andros Townsend, while Christian Eriksen is also set to miss out with the knee injury that ruled him out of last weekend’s trip to Leicester. Erik Lamela’s reported move to Inter could see him absent, so Dele Alli will be hoping to start following last week’s goal.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez still has John Stones at his disposal despite ongoing reports linking the player with a huge move to Chelsea. Tony Hibbert, Steven Pienaar, Leighton Baines and Darron Gibson are all set to miss out through injury, while Brendan Galloway is a doubt. The Toffees played 120 minutes at Barnsley in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday and will hope fatigue doesn’t set in.
Tottenham’s form: L/D/D
Everton’s form: D/W/L
Key Stat: Spurs have won their last three meetings with Everton in all competitions.
Key Player: Nacer Chadli – The Spurs winger has a goal and assist in his last two and will look to provide the difference here.
Tottenham 2-1 Everton – This one should be tight but Everton’s midweek game could affect them, as could the ongoing John Stones saga. Tottenham will be desperate for a win before the transfer window shuts on Tuesday and could just edge it by the odd goal here.