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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Everton v Spurs, 09.09.17

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Everton
Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home          25  15   7   3   47 - 29  52
Away          25   8  12   5   24 - 21  36
Total(Prem)   50  23  19   8   71 - 50  88
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)   50  23  19   8   71 - 50  88
Total(Div 1) 108  35  33  40  167 -155 110
Total(Div 2)   2   1   0   1    3 -  4   2
Grand Total  160  59  52  49  241 -209 200

Last Six Premier League results:-

Everton    -    LWLWDL

Swansea    1-0   Everton
Everton    1-0   Watford
Arsenal    3-1   Everton
Everton    1-0   Stoke
Man City   1-1   Everton
Chelsea    2-0   Everton

Spurs      -    LWWWLD

Spurs      2-1   Man Utd
Leicester  1-6   Spurs
Hull       1-7   Spurs
Newcastle  0-2    Spurs
Spurs      1-2    Chelsea
Spurs      1-1    Burnley

Pos           P   W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 9. Spurs     3  1  1  1   4-3    1    4
12. Everton   3  1  1  1   2-3   -1    4

The real kick-off?

As I start this preview, I read that the Premier League clubs have voted to shut the transfer window next season on the Thursday before the first game. The change will apply to the acquisition of players only, and they will still be able to sell players to teams in leagues (for example in Europe) where their window is still open. This is a change I have craved for many years. We all know how Spurs like to leave most of their business until the end of the window, but next year Daniel Levy will be closing his cheque book early! Incidentally, Spurs were one of the 14 clubs who voted for the change.

One of the problems about the existing system has been the false start to the Premier League as so many clubs do not finalise their squads until so late. This year, Spurs finalised four (of our five) major signings in the last week, those being Davinson Sanchez, Juan Foyth, Serge Aurier and Fernando Llorente, each of whom feature in Mauricio Pochettino's Champions League squad, unlike the injured Erik Lamela (reported to be back in full training in October) and the neglected Vincent Janssen. Janssen apparently turned down a loan move to Brighton, so presumably wants to fight for opportunities despite the presence of Harry Kane and Llorente, whose experience will be a blessing, particularly in European games. Incidentally, the very latest news links Janssen with a loan move to Fenerbahce, whose strikers include Robin van Persie and former spur Roberto Soldado!

Whether we see the likes of Sanchez and Aurier tomorrow remains to be seen. Right-back Serge only reported for training yesterday, but with Kieran Trippier's fitness perhaps a doubt, the Ivorian may be required at Goodison Park. Sanchez played against Brazil late on Tuesday in Colombia, and Son Heung-min also travelled afar with his country, playing at home last Thursday and in Uzbekistan on Tuesday. Pochettino's selection problems are somewhat complicated by the need for strength in our first Champions League game of the season on Wednesday. We do know that Lamela, Rose, Nkoudou and Wanyama will be missing tomorrow. Dele Alli, again in the news this week for the wrong reasons, will surely play 90 minutes tomorrow, as he cannot play in our first three Champions League games.

Another player in the news for the wrong reasons over the last two weeks has been Wayne Rooney, re-signed for his boyhood club this summer, but hitting the headlines for a drink-drive arrest and personal circumstances last week. Everton boss Ronald Koeman has said that Rooney will play tomorrow, despite his impending court appearance.

Erik Lamela was one of the goal-scorers in last year's game at Goodison Park. It was the opening game of last season and was drawn 1-1. The Everton goal had been scored in the fifth minute by another player who cannot take part tomorrow - Ross Barkley. Barkley (still recovering from a hamstring injury) was strongly linked to Spurs this summer, but our bid was refused by "The Toffees", whereas a Chelsea bid (reported at 35 million) was accepted. Barkley backed out of the move at a late stage, but not (as had been widely reported) whilst he was having a medical. It remains to be seen where Barkley will be playing come January when that window opens again. Barkley is in the last year of his contract.

Both teams lost high profile players in the summer. Everton received a massive 75 million for Romelu Lukaku who scored 25 league goals last season (finishing second only to "our Harry"), who has aready hit the net three times in Manchester United's maximum point start to the season. Spurs lost their most exciting defender Kyle Walker for 50 million (money we coudn't refuse?), but perhaps will feel that with Trippier in place, and Serge Aurier and Foyth challenging they have covered that absence well. Everton spent a lot of their money on former Spur Gylfi Sigurdsson, midfielder Davy Klaasen, defender Michael Keane and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. It surely remains a doubt whether Koeman has filled the goal-scoring gap left by Lukaku's departure.

It was pleasing to see another ex-Spur - Aaron Lennon - playing for a few minutes two weeks ago after his personal difficulties earlier this year. Should Lennon appear tomorrow he would get a rousing cheer from the travelling fans.

Everton have had a busy start to the season, having played four Europa League qualifying games to ensure they go on to their Group stage. They are off to Italy for a game against Atalanta next Thursday. Like us, Everton have won 1, drawn 1 and lost 1 of their opening three games. Both teams will be keen to kick-start their league season with a win here. In a sense, this is another mini-league, a triangular tournament featuring Spurs, Chelsea and Everton, in the same way as Burnley featured in a previous set of games. Chelsea have the upper hand on both of us, having won both their games.

Perhaps the best indicator of Everton's potential was the excellent away draw they achieved against Manchester City, who struggled to break down the resistance of Koeman's men after Rooney had given them a first half lead in front of fans who just loved to hate him! The ultra partisan home crowd can be a massive factor in favour of their team, but they can soon turn against them if things don't go their way. One of Spurs' objectives, as always, will be to quieten them down.

It's going to be another tough game, and much as I'd love to see a Spurs win, I fancy this one will be another 1-1 draw. Spurs Odyssey will be visiting Goodison Park twice this week-end as our Premier League 2 team has a game on Sunday lunch-time.

Match referee Graham Scott has taken charge of just five Premier League games so far in this calendar year. The only time he has taken charge of a Spurs game was at Middlesbrough last September, when we won 2-1 with both our goals being scored by man of the match Son Heung-min.

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