The opening gameweek of the Premier League is giving us an exciting match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and here is my Tottenham Hotspur vs. Everton Preview.
Tottenham Hotspur Recent Form & Team News
Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to start their season with a bang and continue their decent record of just one loss from their last seven Premier League opening day fixtures (W5, D1, L1). Notably, they scored their last five goals in these games during either the first or final 20 minutes of the match, and scored 2+ in each of their previous three PL openers.
Spurs lost just four home league games last season (W12, D3, L4) and have lost just three of their 28 PL home H2Hs against Everton (W17, D8, L3). Yet whilst they’ve scored inside the opening 30 minutes in five of the previous six meetings, it’s worth noting that Tottenham dropped 19 points from winning positions last term, a trend that has increased across the last three PL campaigns (14 in 2018/19; 4 in 2017/18).
Hot Fact: Harry Kane has scored a brace in four of his previous five PL matches against Everton.
Jose Mourinho will be without Japhet Tanganga (thigh), while Giovani Lo Celso, who arrived on a permanent deal from Betis, is questionable with a thigh injury.
Matt Doherty, who came from Wolves this summer, will likely have his debut for Spurs on Sunday. It also goes for Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg after the Dane’s move from Southampton in this transfer window.
Everton Recent Form & Team News
Everton haven’t lost any Premier League opener across their previous eight seasons (W2, D6), with four of those six draws ending via a 2-2 scoreline. Their recent PL away form hasn’t been great though, and they lost four of their final six away matches last term (W2), and also failed to score over 1.5 goals in each of the last five.
In fact, the Toffees rarely took the initiative in their PL road trips last season, securing a HT lead in just 21.05% of such matches. Furthermore, they also had a tendency to succumb to late goals, ending the season with an away goal difference of -5 after the 75th minute.
Interesting Fact: Everton’s new boy Abdoulaye Doucouré, who joined from Watford, scored four PL goals last season. Three arrived before HT, including one away at Tottenham.
Cold Trend: Everton have lost 78 of their 156 PL games played in London (50%), only Newcastle have lost more such PL away games (79).
Carlo Ancelotti cannot count on Fabian Delph (muscle), Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Achilles tendon), Mason Holgate (toe), and Cenk Tosun (knee).
Ancelotti will have a trio of new midfielders at his disposal following summer transfers. James Rodriguez, Allan, and Abdoulaye Doucouré came to Goodison Park and will represent big reinforcements this season.
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