Any hopes of Champions League football for Jose Mourinho’s men next season are wearing thin. Is a game against fellow mid-table side Everton the one to kick-start a push for Europe for the north London outfit? We preview the must win encounter for Spurs.
Who is playing?
Tottenham Hotspur vs Everton
What competition is it?
Premier League Matchweek 33
What time is Spurs vs Everton?
20:00 GMT, Monday 6th July 2020
Where do Spurs play?
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, England
Where can I watch Spurs vs Everton?
Sky Sports Main Event
Thoughts on Spurs vs Everton
Precious little separates these sides in the league table at the present moment, with the home side in relegation- stricken form. While only a point between the respective sides, who sit 10th and 11th respectively, Tottenham sit 16th in the form table of the past 5 matchweeks; with just the one win coming in their last five. A very worrying trend for a club in the hunt for European football of the highest calibre next term.
Nevertheless, a cushion for Spurs is that finishing fifth may just do that, should Manchester City’s European ban be upheld. A win tonight would bolster them up to 8th but still be seven points behind Manchester United in fifth. It’s time for Mourinho to get his skates on. The Toffees still drift into the lower half of the form table despite only one loss in the last five (W2 D2). Carlo Ancelloti’s final standings expectations would slightly differ to those of his Portuguese counterpart, nonetheless mid-table is not where he would want to be.
The previous fixture offered up a 1-1 draw, but both clubs had their previous managers at the helm. With five of the last nine matchups resulting in stalemates and not much differing between the sides, this will be a tough one to call, but one team’s need for the points might just drag them over the finishing line.
Mourinho’s rallying cry
Tonight’s game could prove a pivotal one in Spurs’ season- with a loss all but ending dreams of successive Champions League campaigns at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. It really is a last-chance saloon for the north Londoners after a disappointing 3-1 loss to Sheffield United. If they weren’t up against it already, their competition for a place in Europe (Chelsea, Manchester United and Wolves), all make up the top three of the Premier League form table.
Tottenham are on a 14 game unbeaten streak against Monday’s opponents, and historically, Spurs have lost just three of their last 27 home games against the Merseysiders, winning 16 of those ties. Manager Mourinho’s record against Everton also makes for good reading, having never lost against them when on home soil.
Spurs could well be without second striker Dele Alli after a hamstring injury in training on Saturday, but will be assessed pre-kick off. Joseph Tanganga (back) and Juan Foyth (knee) make up Tottenham’s only other injury concerns.
A win for Everton tonight would mean they leapfrog Spurs into ninth place and reignite their own European aspirations for the season. Finishing 8th could equal Europa League qualification, should any team in the top five win the FA Cup. A first venture onto the continent in three years for Everton would be seen as a very successful berth for Ancelotti.
The appointment of the Italian seems to have been inspired, with only Liverpool and Manchester United picking up more points in the league since his festive introduction on the 23rd December (w7, d4, l3). The Toffees are looking for a third consecutive win for the first time since the 2018/19 season. Only one of the last ten meetings of the sides has ended goalless – but eight of those games came up with over 1.5 goals.
Carlo Ancelotti is confident star striker Richarlison will make the game after netting but coming off on 57 minutes in the recent victory over Leicester City, saying in his pre-match conference ‘he is not going to have any problem to play on Monday’. Theo Walcott (chest) and Fabian Delph (muscle strain) are sidelined, but introducing Djibril Sidibe will be a boost for the Evertonians.
Tottenham recent matches:
- Sheffield United (a) 3-1 loss
- West Ham (h) 2-0 win
- Manchester United (h) 1-1 draw
- RB Leipzig (a) 3-0 loss
- Burnley (a) 1-1 draw
Everton recent matches:
- Leicester (h) 2-1 win
- Norwich (a) 1-0 win
- Liverpool (h) 0-0 draw
- Chelsea (a) 4-0 loss
- Manchester United (h) 1-1 draw
Tottenham top contributors:
- Heung-Min Son (Forward): 18 Premier League goal involvements: 9 goals + 9 assists – Striking counterpart Harry Kane’s sixteen game absence throughout this season has given the South Korean the spotlight, and he has taken it. A VAR decision overturned a first goal return since lockdown against West Ham, and soon turned provider for Kane to secure three points against the Hammers.
- Harry Kane (Forward): 15 Premier League goal involvements: 13 goals + 2 assists – The ever-present striker leads the goals tally for his beloved Spurs yet again so far this season. The lockdown break has stunted the Englishman’s consistency after recovering from a thigh muscle rapture before the pause on football, nonetheless he has notched an additional two goals to his tally in the same amount of recent appearances.
Everton top contributors:
- Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Forward): 14 Premier League goal involvements: 13 goals + 1 assist – Manager Carlo Ancelotti recently dismissed concerns of Calvert-Lewin’s blanks since lockdown, who couldn’t continue his previous form of five goals in seven appearances. The 2019/20 season has been the young striker’s breakthrough, with a career best 15 goals in all competitions so far.
- Richarlison (Forward): 14 Premier League goal involvements: 11 goals + 3 assists – The dynamic forward is said to have recently caught the eye of Catalonian giants Barcelona, and his attacking returns are justifying the interest. Ancelotti waxed lyrical of the Brazilian’s defensive contributions in the pre-match conference, who will be more than likely to take to the field after picking up a knock along with a goal against Leicester.
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