Two games will be played on the first Sunday of the new Premier League season and in this preview, we focus on London where Tottenham host Everton from 16:30 GMT.
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Past games involving these teams have been competitive with two of the last three ending in a draw. Spurs did win the most recent match against the Toffees, nicking a 1-0 at this venue earlier this summer but they needed an own-goal from Michael Keane to do it.
Spurs stung by Hornets
Tottenham suffered a friendly defeat to London neighbours Watford last Saturday when going down 2-1 at the Hornets. Goals from Quina and Gray gave the Championship club a commanding lead before Son Heung-Min fired a consolation for Tottenham from the penalty spot with 79 minutes on the clock. It wasn’t the result manager Jose Mourinho was looking for, but it was a warm-up for this game and the special one won’t lose any sleep over it.
The locals face an important season as they battle to lift themselves back into the top four and secure a return to the Champions League. That’s easier said than done as we approach what is expected to be the most competitive Premier League season in recent times but Mourinho has a rich history of success at this level and will be confident in his ability to deliver. He boasts a strong squad and has money to spend in the transfer market.
Toffees spending freely
Everton have underachieved in recent seasons despite the board making cash available for new players. The Toffees have a great squad on paper but have lacked the consistency needed to challenge for the prize places and finished last season down in the bottom half of the division which is a major disappointment. Fans will demand better this year and will want to see the club push for a European finish.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti has been active in the summer transfer window and swooped to sign Columbian attacker Rodriguez from Real Madrid for a fee reported to be in the region of £20m. It’s not often Everton sign players from the La Liga champions so there will be pressure on the new boy to hit the ground running in the Premier League. Brazilian midfielder Allan also arrived from Napoli for £22m in another bold move.
Tottenham vs Everton prediction
All the pressure is on Tottenham to get off to a winning start to this season, but they are good enough to do just that. Spurs appear to be settled under Mourinho and the stats from last season suggest they are good enough to compete.
Everton have been ambitious in the transfer window as they aim to climb the table. If they got anything from this match it would send a message of intent to the rest of the division. Ancelotti would surely see the value in a draw.
Premier League odds
Tottenham are 17/20 favourites for the win with Everton trading at 345/100. The draw is 11/4.