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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Everton v Spurs, 03.11.19

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Everton
 
Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home          27  16   8   3   53 - 31  56
Away          27  10  12   5   33 - 23  42
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Total(Prem)   54  26  20   8   86 - 54  98
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   54  25  16  13  107 - 67  72
Away(Div 1)   54  10  17  27   60 - 88  38
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Total(Div 1) 108  35  33  40  167 -155 110
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Football Lge
Home(Div 2)    1   1   0   0    1 -  0   2
Away(Div 2)    1   0   0   1    2 -  4   0
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Total(Div 2)   2   1   0   1    3 -  4   2
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Total(Prem)   54  26  20   8   86 - 54  98
Total(Div 1) 108  35  33  40  167 -155 110
Total(Div 2)   2   1   0   1    3 -  4   2
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Grand Total  164  62  53  49  256 -213 210
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Everton    -    LLLLWL

B'mouth    3-1    Everton
Everton    0-2    Sheff Utd
Everton    1-3    Man City
Burnley    1-0    Everton
Everton    2-0    West Ham
Brighton   2-0    Everton

Spurs      -    WLWLDL
           
Spurs      4-0    C. Palace
Leicester  2-1    Spurs
Spurs      2-1    S'hampton
Brighton   3-0    Spurs
Spurs      1-1    Watford
Liverpool  2-1    Spurs

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
11. Spurs    10  3  3  4  16-15   1   12
16. Everton  10  3  1  6  10-16  -6   10 

No Goodison Lark

Last year's 6-2 win at Goodison Park was one of five consecutive away wins (those were the days!). It was preceded by a 2-0 win away to Arsenal in the Carabao Cup, and followed by excellent league wins at Cardiff, and Tranmere. The final win in the sequence (and our last Premier League away win) was on January 20th at Craven Cottage. That came courtesy of a last second goal by Harry Winks.

We also had two runs of three consecutive wins on the road (not all in the Premier League) earlier last season. At Christmas last year we were in third place and within reach of the two front runners. Now, with 10 games gone, we are already 16 points behind Liverpool. Our big challenge of the season to come will be to climb back to a coveted top four spot.

Everton have put their faith in manager Marco Silva in recent transfer windows. Last season they spent 35 million (potentially rising to 50 million) for Watford's Brazilian star Richarlison, and 18 million on left back Lucas Digne. They also signed defender Yerry Mina for 27 million. This year they spent 45 million on Alex Iwobi from Arsenal and 30 million on Moise Kean from Juventus. The "Toffees" signed midfielder Andre Gomes permanently, after he spent last season on loan, and this year they have signed Monaco's Djibril Sidibe on loan. Sidibe has played in the last League three games, having come off the bench against Burnley and startyed against West Ham and Brighton.

In fairness, Everton got some money back through sales, but ultimately they under-achieved again last season, finishing in 8th place and failing to even qualify for the Europa League. So far this season, Everton's form has been even worse than that of Tottenham and they've lost five of their last six league games. The only teams they've beaten in the league so far have names beginning with "W", and they don't play West Ham again until January!

It's quite distressing to think that with a win, Everton would go above Spurs, despite their abysmal recent form. That win last year was a pre-Christmas party in which we won both halves 3-1 with both Son and Kane grabbing a brace, and Dele and Eriksen also scoring. Unlike last year, Sunday's game does not look as if it will be a lark in Goodison Park.

I asked in my October review when we last played Everton with both teams in the bottom half. The closest I have found in recent years is 30th November 2008, when Everton were 10th and Spurs were 16th. This was the last time The "Toffees" beat Spurs at their home. Future Spur Steven Pienaar scored the only goal of the game. The last time Everton beat us was nearly 7 years ago in December 2012. The headline was "Nightmare on Gwladys Street" and the score was 2-1, courtesy of two late goals by Pienaar and Jelavic.

I mentioned in last week's Liverpool preview that it is 40 years since we last met these two clubs away on consecutive weeks. I promised to post more on the subject of Liverpool and Everton games close together, but I will just mention that on November 8th 1997 we lost 4-0 at Anfield in Gerry Francis's last game, and after Chris Hughton was caretaker for a home defeat to Crystal Palace, Christian Gross won his first game at Goodison Park on 29th November (2-0). Christian Gross's last game in charge was also away to Everton, and we also won (1-0), but it wasn't enough to save his job. At 5 1/2 years and counting, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is one of the longest serving managers at the same club in the Premier League and Football League, along with the likes of Eddie Howe and Sean Dyche.

We met Everton on this day on two previous occasions. Both games were at Goodison Park. In 1973, we drew 1-1. John Connolly gave the "Toffees" a 37th minute lead, but Steve Perryman equalised before half-time. That was Steve Perryman's only goal of the 1973-74 season. Forty years later in 2013 we drew again - 0-0. I'm hoping for a 2-1 away win this time around! Danny Rose is suspended for this game, having received a fifth booking at Anfield last week. I expect Ben Davies to step in, but I'd love to see Ryan Sessegnon get a debut in front of him. Latest team news indicates that Erik Lamela will not be available as he is undergoing treatement for a hamstring injury. Jan Vertonghen is also being monitored and assessed with the same issue. With a tricky match in Belgrade next Wednesday there is no cause for risk taking, after all.

This will be Martin Atkinson's second game in charge of Spurs this season. The other match was our 2-2 draw at The Emirates. This was the first of five games this season in which we have lost a lead. VAR on Sunday will be Anthony Taylor who was in charge at Anfield last week.

"Ten Years After" - Spurs Odyssey reviews the season in which we first qualified for the Champions League. On November 7th 2009, we beat Sunderland 2-0. Robbie Keane and Tom Huddlestone scored the goals.

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