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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Everton v Spurs, 03.04.23

Last season's game - Everton 0 Spurs 0, 07.11.21
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Full Record of Spurs -v- Everton
 
Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home          31  19   8   4   61 - 32  65
Away          30  10  15   5   36 - 26  45
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Total(Prem)   61  29  23   9   97 - 58 110   1.84 Pts per game
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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)   61  29  23   9   97 - 58 110 
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  171  65  56  50  267 -217 222
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Everton    -    WLLDWD

Everton    1-0    Leeds
Everton    0-2    A. Villa
Arsenal    4-0    Everton
Nottm Fst  2-2    Everton
Everton    1-0    Brentford
Chelsea    2-2    Everton


Spurs      -    LWWLWD
           
Leicester  4-1    Spurs
Spurs      2-0    West Ham
Spurs      2-0    Chelsea
Wolves     1-0    Spurs
Spurs      3-1    Nottm Fst
S'hampton  3-3    Spurs

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 5. Spurs    28 15  4  9  52-40  12   49
18. Everton  28  6  8 14  22-40 -18   26 

Letís all try to be positive, Spurs!

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"The great fallacy is that the game is first and last about winning. It's nothing of the kind. The game is about glory. It is about doing things in style, with a flourish, about going out to beat the other lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom." - Danny Blanchflower

Antonio Conte effectively signed his exit pass from his leadership of Tottenham Hotspur with his post-match rant after Spurs had let slip a 3-1 away lead against bottom club Southampton. The press knives have been well and truly unsheathed during the International break, which has felt far too long in my view. Understandably, there has been plenty of angst and negativity from Spurs fans, desperate to see a trophy (perhaps next year?). The feeling of depression is only exaggerated by the possibility of ďthe other lotĒ down the road lifting their seventh league title since we last won it in 1961. Such an event (I still have hope in Manchester City) would be Arsenalís fifteenth trophy in the Premier League era, compared to a paltry two league cups for Spurs. Iím not helping the vibe here, I know.

To add to our current pain, we had the embarrassment of the club initially standing by Fabio Paratici after the news that his ban imposed because of financial irregularities during his time with Juventus was made world-wide by FIFA, before Paratici took the step to stand down pending the result of an appeal to the Italian authorities.

We go into Monday nightís game (8pm Ė SKY SPORTS) with Conteís deputy Cristian Stellini and Ryan Mason sharing first team coaching duties until the end of the season. Spurs are in limbo for the umpteenth time in the last thirty years, most of which have been under the Chairmanship of Daniel Levy.

Ben Davies was injured in that Southampton game and hasnít made it to the squad for Monday nightís game. Ivan Perisic was injured on International duty, but he has made the squad, as has skipper Hugo Lloris. Some fans thought that Pedro Porro was injured in Spainís defeat to Scotland, but it seems his half-time change was tactical, after he slipped up for Scotlandís first goal. Heís going to be needed at Everton with Emerson Royal going under the knife this week, due to a knee injury. Richarlison is also not likely to be in the squad, but I am hoping for some recovery by Monday. Our team almost picks itself and is likely to read Lloris; Romero, Dier, Lenglet; Porro, Hojbjerg, Skipp, Perisic; Kulusevski, Kane and Son.

In the eyes of some of the press, Harry Kane is already being sold to Manchester United in the summer, so where can I find positivity? First of all, congratulations to Harry and his wife who is expecting their fourth child. Congratulations are also due to Harry for becoming Englandís all-time top scorer when he scored from the penalty spot in Naples in a magnificent 2-1 win against Italy.

Like any Spurs fan, I am distressed about our lack of trophy success, but I still have hope. Itís not as if we are West Ham, still immersed in a battle against relegation, about which the press have had nothing to say in the last two weeks. Itís not as if we are Newcastle, who havenít even won a senior domestic trophy since 1955. Okay, they have won four second tier championships since then, and they are on the up and up, challenging us hard for a top four place. They beat Manchester United today (Sunday) and play West Ham away on Wednesday. Points have to be won, not anticipated. After Newcastle beat Manchester United, Ten Hagís team has been well into the mix of clubs battling for top four. Brighton were heldby brentford yesterday and have another game to play before we meet on Saturday April 8th when we will have to win again.

Antonio Conteís Spurs career was almost bookended by games against Everton, who were his first Premier League opponents with Spurs. The game was drawn 0-0, and afterwards Conte was pleased with his team , saying, "Today I saw the hearts of my players and their willingness to fight. It was a difficult moment for us and to see this kind of reaction makes me more confident for the future." I just felt the formation was too defensive and that Everton were there for the taking. However, that needed more application from this Spurs side which was under-par and in mid-table. Conte won us a place in last yearís Champions League and left us in fourth place, but, it has to be said, vulnerable. His leaving words were significantly different to those after that Everton game.

I accused Antonio of being over-cautious regarding the threat of our opponents who started the game only one place and one point behind us in tenth in November 2021. Now they are 23 points and 13 places below us. Rafa Benitez was the Everton boss at that time, but he left in January and Frank Lampard was given the poison chalice of managing a team on the wrong side of Stanley Park which seems to be persistently struggling for survival these days.

After their 2-0 defeat to West Ham this January, and with Everton one place off the bottom of the table, the club announced the sacking of Frank Lampard. Sean Dyche was appointed as Everton manager on 30th January on a 2 1/2 year contract. Dyche's coaching team includes former Nottingham Forest winger Ian Woan as his assistant manager and ex-England international Steve Stone as first team coach.

Sacked last year 8 games before the end of Burnley's relegation season, Dycheís appointment is a reverse of that situation where his clear task has been to preserve Everton's top flight status, which is one currently of 69 years' standing. Sean Dyche has been in charge for 8 games, the first of which was a 1-0 home win against Arsenal. Everton have won two more games 1-0 and Dyche has brought in the "Burnley factor", encouraging a never-say-die attitude and utilising dead ball situations to the full. He does find himself in charge of former Burnley men Michael Keane, James Tarkowski and Dwight McNeil.

In their last home game, Everton held onto a first minute goal scored by McNeil. Last week Abdoulaye Doucoure and 22-year-old (late substitute) Ellis Simms scored their two goals at Stamford Bridge. Simms was recalled from his loan with Sunderland in January. Simms made his Premier League debut for "The Toffees" in December 2021. He spent most of 2022 on loan with Hearts before Sunderland, scoring 12 league goals in all. Simms was called into action late in Everton's 4-1 home defeat to Brighton in January.

Everton are a club in far more turmoil than Spurs. They have lost £417.3 million since 2019, putting them in danger of points-deduction, a heavy fine or spending restrictions. They desperately need to win this game.

Andros Townsend, who is now 31, last played over a year ago and suffered a cruciate knee injury early in a 4-0 FA Cup defeat away to Crystal Palace. He is still out till May with his injury. Andros, who made 50 Premier League appearances for Spurs had been signed by Everton from Palace in July 2021.

When we met Everton in October, Harry Kane scored in a fifth consecutive Premier League game for the first time in his career. Harry took his individual record against Everton to 14 goals in 15 league games. Hugo Lloris gained his 124th Premier League clean sheet for Spurs. It was his tenth clean sheet against Everton, the last three of which have been in consecutive games.

I am predicting a 2-1 win for Spurs and my overall message is "Letís all try to be positive, Spurs!" There is still a chance of winning a Champions League place. A win against "The Toffees" would put us in third place, at least untl Wednesday! We are, after all, supporters.

David Coote is refereeing Spurs for the 12th time in all and for the second time this season. Mr. Coote was in charge of our crazy 5-4 FA Cup defeat at Goodison Park in February 2021. Harry Kane became our second-highest club goalscorer on that day and has now accumulated 62 more goals, leading that chart with 271 goals. Incidentally, Richarlison scored twice in that game.

Did you know? - David Johnson, who died last November, aged 71, was the first player to score for both Merseyside clubs in their derby match. Johnson was a Liverpool fan by upbringing but had two spells with Everton, before and after seasons with Ipswich and Liverpool. Johnson's first games against Spurs were in February and March 1972 when Everton lost 2-0 in a fifth round FA Cup tie, and then drew 1-1 in a league game. Both games were played at Goodison Park.

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