Tottenham Hotspur vs Everton - Predictions, Betting Odds & Picks
- Tottenham remains unconvincing under Jose Mourinho as Champions League hopes ended
- Everton is unbeaten since the restart and looking to end the campaign on a high
- Back Carlo Ancelotti’s side to heap more misery and Mourinho
|What||Tottenham Hotspur vs Everton|
|Where||Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, England|
|When||Monday, 6 July 2020, 3 PM EST|
|How to watch||NBC Sports|
Tottenham Hotspur was the victim of an almost comical VAR ruling in its last game with Sheffield United. Harry Kane thought he had netted a perfectly good equalizer in the first half at Bramall Lane, only for the officials at Stockley Park to penalize Lucas Moura for a handball in the build-up.
On the face of it that sounds reasonable enough, but the decision was actually harsh in the extreme. The ball did indeed strike Lucas’ upper arm, but only after he had been bundled to the floor by an opponent and another United player had blasted the ball at him. Spurs had every right to feel hard done by.
Yet that does not excuse the team’s overall performance in South Yorkshire. Sheffield United had been in poor form and Tottenham was very much still in the game at that point. It could have channeled that sense of injustice into something positive, but instead, it proceeded to deliver a meek display that all but ended its hopes of a place in next season’s Champions League.
Everton, meanwhile, may have half an eye on the Europa League spots. The eighth-place will be enough for a club to qualify for the continent’s secondary competition if the FA Cup winner finishes in the top seven and the Court of Arbitration for Sport upholds Manchester City’s two-season ban from European soccer. Victory here would move the Toffees above Tottenham in the table.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Everton Odds
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Tottenham beat West Ham United 2-0 in its most recent home game, but that was the only victory it has recorded in its last six Premier League outings. There are still more questions than answers surrounding Mourinho’s suitability for the job, and things could get worse before they get better.
Everton is in much better shape under Carlo Ancelotti than it was when Marco Silva was in charge. An away win is an attractive choice on Monday given the odds available.
Tottenham’s Defense Needs an Overhaul After Failed Champions League Bid
Tottenham’s defending against Sheffield United was dire, and it is puzzling that Toby Alderweireld continues to be left out of Mourinho’s starting XI. The backline requires some major surgery this summer before which Spurs are likely to continue shipping goals at an alarming rate.
Burnley is the only team in the top half of the division that has conceded more often than Spurs this season. This is particularly concerning given that Mourinho is famed for building teams that are resilient and tough to break down. Tottenham is far too easy to play against at present, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison – two physical and technically gifted frontmen – will relish lining up against its defense.
A seven-point gap separating it from fifth place – which will bring with it Champions League qualification if Manchester City’s suspension remains in place – will surely be too much to overcome. Nevertheless, Tottenham needs to arrest its decline as quickly as possible.
Everton Moving in the Right Direction as Ancelotti Gets Ideas Across
It is easy to forget now but Everton was struggling at the wrong end of the table during Silva’s tenure. A 5-2 thrashing by local rival Liverpool left it 18th in the table after 15 matches, and while demotion to the second tier always seemed unlikely, it was clear that the Toffees were punching considerably below their weight.
Duncan Ferguson deserves great credit for kick-starting the turnaround during his time as interim boss, and it is notable that Ancelotti has stuck with the 4-4-2 formation that was introduced by the Scot. Everton’s is an attack-minded setup, with a forward-thinking duo of Andre Gomes and Gylfi Sigurdsson selected in midfield in the 2-1 triumph over Leicester City last time out.
Everton has lost to Manchester City, Arsenal, and Chelsea during Ancelotti’s time in charge, but it is unbeaten against bottom-half teams. Tottenham, of course, is above Everton in the table right now, but the form book suggests the latter should be targeting more than just a draw here.
Spurs Could Come Unstuck Against a Team With Plenty of Attacking Options
Tottenham has plenty of attacking firepower at its disposal, even if Harry Kane is still not up to complete match sharpness following injury. And Everton’s defense is still prone to collapse, as evidenced by its 3-2 loss to Arsenal and 4-0 thrashing by Chelsea before the Premier League’s three-month hiatus. The attacking nature of its midfield may be admirable, but it can also make the team vulnerable in transition.
Yet Spurs is sluggish in possession far too often, and that will aid Everton’s cause on Monday. With Richarlison in fine form up front and Tottenham vulnerable in defense, expect Ancelotti’s charges to cause the host more than its fair share of problems.
Back Everton to triumph here – Tottenham has struggled for some time and could be in for another disappointing match.