Goodison park isn’t an easy place to go. Everton are a good side and one that is unbeaten in 11 home league games. Not to mention unbeaten in our last five visits.
They aren’t exactly in flying form at the moment though, with two wins seven draws and one loss in their last ten. But their fans are pretty confident of putting an end to our current mini run of wins and their opinions seem to match those of many of the odds on the sports betting sites out there as well…
“If we can get hit the back of net early then I could see this one done and dusted early.”
“Spurs last night. How ordinary did they look without Bale?”
“If we can keep a lid on Dembele we’ll win this – he makes them tick.”
“They have won 4 or so on the run now so theyll be going into this flying.”
“I just want us to f***ing win a game, and preferably get a clean sheet too.”
“Spurs fans are deluded tits who think they are better than they are. We are going to squeak this 2 – 1.”
Everton fan predictions: Everton Win 70%, Draw 20%, Spurs Win 10%
-In the top flight, Everton have conceded the most goals in the opening 15 minutes of games (six), Tottenham the fewest (0).
-Fellaini has scored five goals in his last five Premier League matches. With eight goals so far this season, he is the topscoring midfielder in the Premier League.
-Tottenham have only kept one Premier League clean sheet away from home so far.
-Spurs have conceded 23 Premier League goals this season. Only five other teams have conceded more.
-If Premier League games had ended at 80 minutes this season, Tottenham would be top.
Team News & Selection
Bale and Dawson are out after sustaining injuries against Fulham. No other injuries have been reported and Benny is back in training whereas Parker is making good progress having completed 90 minutes in a reserves game this week.
I was tempted to drop Gallas, move Vertonghen into the middle and play Naughton on the left, but with Bale out, we’ll need a strong experienced defender in there as I don’t see Dempsey getting involved in defence much. Instead, employ him in an attacking midfield role from the left, one which he is much more used to, and hopefully we’ll get some decent play linking up with Ade and Defoe. The rest of the team pretty much picks itself.
As I mentioned at the start, Everton is a difficult place to go, and without Bale on Thursday, we struggled to break Panathanaikos down until late on. Down beat as it may be, realistically I can quite easily see Everton beating us 2-1 here. We will concede, it’s just what we do, but hopefully our current run will give us the confidence to take the game to them, get in behind to create chances and get something out of this one. COYS!