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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Everton v Spurs, 13.08.16

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Everton
Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home          24  14   7   3   44 - 27  49
Away          24   8  11   5   23 - 20  35
Total(Prem)   48  22  18   8   67 - 47  84
Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   54  25  16  13  107 - 67  72
Away(Div 1)   54  10  17  27   60 - 88  38
Total(Div 1) 108  35  33  40  167 -155 110
Football Lge
Home(Div 2)    1   1   0   0    1 -  0   2
Away(Div 2)    1   0   0   1    2 -  4   0
Total(Div 2)   2   1   0   1    3 -  4   2
Total(Prem)   48  22  18   8   67 - 47  84
Total(Div 1) 108  35  33  40  167 -155 110
Total(Div 2)   2   1   0   1    3 -  4   2
Grand Total  158  58  51  49  237 -206 196

Last Six Premier League results:-

Everton       -    DLWLLW

Everton    1-1   S'hampton
Liverpool  4-0   Everton
Everton    2-1   B'mouth
Leicester  3-1   Everton
S'derland  3-0   Everton
Everton    3-0   Norwich

Spurs      -    WWDDLL

Spurs      3-0   Man Utd
Stoke      0-4   Spurs
Spurs      1-1   West Brom
Chelsea    2-2   Spurs
Spurs      1-2   S'hampton
Newcastle  5-1   Spurs

(Premier League Final Table 2015-16)
Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 3. Spurs    38 19 13  6  69-35  34   70
11. Everton  38 11 14 13  59-55   4   47

Spurs to hit the ground running

After three long months, which were punctuated by an under-whelming Euro 2016 tournament, including the now habitual England disappointment, Premier League football is back. I for one am raring to go, and cannot wait to see my beloved Spurs team in action at Goodison Park.

"The Toffees" under-achieved last season with Roberto Martinez in charge. He left, and got the Belgium job, so it would not be at all surprising if the Spaniard made a quick return trip to eye up one or more of his new players. He will without doubt see Toby Alderweireld, and Jan Vertonghen (who has been announced fit for selection after injury sustained in that Euro competition). Whether he sees Everton striker Romelu Lukaku remains to be seen, as he sustained a pre-season injury against Espanyol last week. Lukaku is doubtful, as is Everton's high-scoring full back Seamus Coleman.

Ronald Koeman led Southampton into the Europa League with a sixth place finish, helped by a 2-1 win at White Hart Lane in the penultimate game of last season. Koeman has been tempted by the promise of more investment at Goodison Park, forsaking European competition this term. Perhaps the Dutchman saw the way the wind would blow for Southampton, with Spurs snapping up Victor Wanyama, and Liverpool splashing out for striker Sadio Mane.

Koeman probably anticipated the departure of defender John Stones to Man City for 47.5 million, but the transfer has come a bit late for the money to be re-invested in time for the first match of the season. Everton have signed Welsh International (and Euro 2016 semi-finalist) Ashley Williams from Swansea, but Koeman has announced that tomorrow's game comes too early for Williams to be involved. Koeman's early signings for his new club included goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, who played for him last season, on loan from Fulham. Another signing is Senegalese midfielder Idrissa Gueye, who didn't exactly have a successful season at Aston Villa, did he?

Everton are chasing Crystal Palace's exciting winger Yannick Bolasie, and also Wilfried Bony, signed for big money from Swansea, but now surplus to requirments at Pep Guardiola's Man City. If those signings are made, they too are unlikely to be ready for this opening game.

Spurs, on the other hand, look like fielding virtually their strongest side, with only the suspended Mousa Dembele a significant absentee. Wanyama, who travelled to Melbourne and has had a full pre-season with Pochettino, will surely start beside Eric Dier in front of a first choice defence. Spurs' other signing Vincent Janssen (who also travelled to Autralia) will probably start on the bench. Pochettino, whilst expressing disappointment at the impending departure of Spurs' head of recruitment Paul Mitchell, has said that the club is still seeking to make one or two more signings before the window closes at the end of the month.

One player itching more than others to play tomorrow will be former Spurs' favourite Aaron Lennon. Lennon, now 29, lost his record last season of not being on the losing side when he scored. That happened when Aaron scored at home to West Ham, but "The Toffees" lost 3-2. Lennon did score more goals last season for Everton (6) than he managed in any one season for Spurs.

The last time we started the season at Goodison Park was on Saturday 17th August 2002. I remember the occasion well, because I celebrated my 50th birthday (you do the Maths!) in Liverpool that week-end, incorporating Spurs' 2-2 draw. Everton's side included a certain 16 year old Wayne Rooney, who became the youngest ever Premier League player at the time. Rooney didn't score in this game, but after two full seasons with "The Toffees", the England Captain was snapped up by Sir Alex Ferguson.

The scorers on that day 14 years ago were Mark Pembridge and Tomasz Radzinski for the home side, with Matthew Etherington scoring his one and only Spurs goal, before Les Ferdinand gave us a 2-1 lead.

We were supposed to have started the 2011-12 season with a home game against Everton, but that was put back because of riots in the Tottenham area. Now, of course, the new stadium being built is contributing to the re-vitalisation of the Tottenham area.

The season might have come a little soon for Koeman's new charges. It remains to be seen whether Spurs can hit the ground running and display the form they showed in the one pre-season friendly in which they were able to field their Euro 2016 stars. That was the 6-1 win over Inter. Despite the lack of games played in public, my gut feeling is that Spurs are well prepared, aand better equipped to win this game. It's always difficult in front of the partisan home crowd (the game is a sell-out), but I am predicting Spurs to win, and my prediction is 2-0!

Tomorrow's referee will be Martin Atkinson. Now aged 45, Mr. Atkinson has been on the Premier League list since 2004, and first took charge of a Spurs game on 20th August 2005, when we beat Middlesbrough at home 2-0. Mr. Atkinson's last game in charge of Spurs was our 3-1 win at Selhurst Park in January, which included that sensational Dele Alli goal. This summer, Mr Atkinson was part of the Euro 2016 team of officials. It is fair to say that this is not one of our favourite referees, but we can't say that about many match officials, can we? !

Reviewing Spurs' last Champions League Season - 2010-11. This season, we will be reviewing our last Champions League season six years ago. We started the 2010-11 season with a goal-less draw at home to Manchester City. This was also the last time we started the season with a home game.

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