Preview - Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur 04 November 19

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Match Day 11
Everton vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Monday, November 4th 2019
00:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Goodison Park

Last five matches form: L L L W L
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.60
Top Scorer: Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Tottenham Hotspur:
Last five matches form: L W L D L
Average goals per match: 1.60
Average goals against per match: 1.50
Top Scorer: Harry Kane (6)

The pressure looked to have lifted from Marco Silva following a relatively impressive home win against West Ham United. A late capitulation at Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend though now has Everton languishing firmly at the wrong end of the table, as Silva's seat grows all the hotter once more. Next up it's this home clash with a Tottenham Hotspur outfit who are in pretty serious need of the points themselves.

Spurs ran riot in the game here last season when smashing Everton 6-2. The Toffees put in a much better performance in the reverse though when coming away from North London with a 2-2 draw.

Everton have now lost five of the past six in the league. Hardly the stuff that a top six side is made of, which is what many Evertonians would have been hoping for this season. With seven wins in their last nine here, if they are to turn things around with a big result, then it is most likely to come at Goodison. They are going to need to shore things up at the back though, having conceded two or more in three of their last four at home.

Spurs really haven't found their stride this season, with it often being a case of one step forward and two steps back. They were good in Europe last week though, and backed that up with a decent - albeit second best - display at Liverpool. A similar level of performance against the lesser of the Merseyside teams should at least be enough to get something from the game.

Spurs have frankly been awful on the road for a while now, failing to win any of their past eleven, and conceding two or more in nine of those games. They don't look quite right at the minute but may just do enough to pick up a point.

Prediction: Everton 2 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 7 - 4
Shots on target: 3 - 2
Corner Kicks: 5 - 2
Possession: 48% - 52%

Theo Walcott was the only player booked for the home side. Christian Eriksen and Tanguy Ndombele of Spurs also had their names taken by referee Martin Atkinson, whilst Son Heung-Min was shown a straight red for his involvement in the incident which led to such a horrific injury for Andre Gomes. A note on that here though - Son was mortified by the injury - but looking back at his challenge, it was certainly no more than a yellow to our eyes - the injury only coming due to the unfortunate landing and collision that followed.

Such was the extent of that Gomes leg-break that it pretty much overshadowed the closing stages of this game. In truth it hadn't been the best of performances by either side overall, and on the balance of play a draw was probably just about a fair result on the day.  Everton could certainly have counted themselves a little unfortunate had their late equaliser - the latest Premier League goal in over two years - not arrived.

A very nondescript opening period saw both sides struggling to gain much momentum. Everton possibly having marginally the better of it. Goalless at the break though.

The opener arrived in the 63rd minute. Alex Iwobi guilty of playing the ball straight to Son inside the Everton half. Son slipping in Dele Alli in the left channel. Alli drifting inside across the defence and firing into the bottom left corner from towards the edge of the area.

A few minutes later and Alli looked to be pretty fortunate to survive a VAR handball check in the area.

Then came the unfortunate Gomes incident.

The equaliser arrived in the 6th of what turned out to be 12 minutes of added on time. Yerry Mina dinking the ball to Lucas Digne on the left flank. Excellent first-time volleyed cross from Digne and substitute Cenk osun arriving to power in a header to the left had side.

1-1   final score.

A point apiece it is in the end then. Not what either side wanted really. Everton remain fourth bottom and three points clear of the relegation zone. Spurs lie eleventh.

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