Spurs visit Goodison Park on Sunday, in a game where two underperforming sides look to revive their poor form. Both sides lost their most recent Premier League games, as well as both sides losing more than they’ve won so far in the league. It’s a must-win game for both Everton and Spurs this Sunday. Make sure to check out the Toffee TV YouTube channel for more Everton news: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YurKqxyxAtU

Everton progressed to the quarter finals of the League Cup following a 2-0 win over Watford. Despite a fairly flat and sloppy performance, Everton deservedly won the game, with goals coming from Mason Holgate and Richarlison.

The weekend saw Everton face another disappointing defeat against Brighton. The 3-2 defeat on the south coast was the result of a poor performance, combined with poor substitutions, and poor refereeing decisions. The game was a continuation of Everton’s woeful away form, which has seen Silva’s side lose 4, and draw 1 from 5 league away games.

Meanwhile, Spurs are also struggling at the moment. However, Everton haven’t beaten Spurs since December 9th 2012, with 13 winless fixtures since that game. These 13 meetings have seen 6 draws and 7 losses for Everton, with the last 3 home fixtures seeing Everton losing 6-2, 3-0, and drawing 1-1. With such a poor record against the North London side, it certainly doesn’t bode well for the weekend’s game.

Currently sat at 11th in the Premier League, Spurs have had a disappointing season for their standards. They’ve accumulated 3 wins, 3 draws, and 4 losses so far in the league, as well as conceding 15 goals (just one less than Everton).

Similarly to Everton, the away form of Spurs is far worse than their home form. They’re yet to win away from home in the league, suffering 2 draw and 3 losses in their 5 away games. They’ll be hoping to resurrect this form against a struggling Everton side, who’ve lost 5 of the last 6 Premier League fixtures.

An annual Premier League table of results in 2019 alone highlights the struggles of both sides, with Spurs in 9th and Everton in 11th  after 28 league games this year. Because of such poor results, Silva and Pochettino are both under pressure, particularly Silva, whose every game is now a must-win.

Although Spurs are having a difficult season, they still have plenty of attacking players for Everton to worry about. At the weekend, Brighton were finding it far too easy to run beyond the Everton midfield. Spurs’s utilisation of the number 10, as well as sometimes two strikers, could lead to them easily creating behind the Everton midfield.

Suggested Line-Up:

Despite the impressive performances of Alex Iwobi playing centrally, Everton have yet to find a balance between attacking quality and defensive reassurance in the midfield. A midfield three of Gomes, Davies, and Iwobi seems to produce the best attacking play, yet is probably the most open and weakest defensively. Having Delph in the side may be needed, due to him being more defensive-minded than the majority of Everton midfielders.

Score Prediction: Everton 2-2 Spurs

Because of Everton being so open recently, combined with Spurs having great attacking players, I expect another fairly end-to-end game. Hopefully Everton can pick up all three points against a Spurs side who massively struggle away from home.

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BILLY MINSHALL

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