Key battles that will shape Everton and Spurs’ ‘must-win’ showdown
Sportsbet.io previews the important face-offs that headline the Super Sunday clash in the Premier League.
Everton, 17th on the points table, seems to be delusional in the Premier League this term, registering just three wins so far. The Toffees were subjected to a disheartening 3-2 loss at Brighton last weekend, increasing the scrutiny around under-fire manager Marco Silva. Although, Everton have won seven of their last nine home games and the Merseysiders look to spell further trouble for Tottenham Hotspur.
Since the 2-1 win over Southampton at the end of September, Spurs are winless in the league and hope to turn a new leaf when they arrive at Goodison Park, tonight. The Lilywhites have won 26 times against Everton and look to replicate the 6-2 demolition they inflicted on the Toffees on their last visit.
MASON HOLGATE vs SON HEUNG-MIN
With Yerry Mina injured, Holgate started his first game of the 2019-20 campaign last weekend and played the entire Carabao Cup fixture against Watford, opening the scoring in the 72nd minute. Marco Silva has heaped praise on the 23-year-old central defender but has outlined he must keep improving to align himself with the best players in his position. And, Holgate will fancy proving his credentials against Harry Kane.
The South Korean superstar is expected to lead the Spurs attack, following the withdrawal of Harry Kane due to illness. With two goals this term, Son must spark a change in fortunes for the Lilywhites, and a match-winning performance will lift the gloom around the club faithful.
ANDRE GOMES vs TANGUY NDOMBELE
The Portuguese midfielder, who sealed a permanent move to Goodison Park in the summer, has put up inconsistent performances in the league this term but is likely to retain his spot against Tottenham. Partnering Fabian Delph in the midfield, Gomes must shut down any possible threats posed by Ndombele.
A club-record signing for Tottenham, the Frenchman has capped off a mild start to life in England but has contributed two goals and an assist in eight games. Athletic, skilful, a hard tackler, and able to make the runs, Ndombele will be the biggest threat to Everton in the centre of the park.
RICHARLISON v TOBY ALDERWEIRELD
The Brazilian is a close confidant of embattled boss Marco Silva and must build upon his tally of two goals and two assists to spark a change at Goodison Park. Creative in and around the opposition box coupled with his distinct trickery skills, Richarlison is tipped to wreak havoc on the Tottenham defence.
Despite being subjected to exit reports all summer, Alderweireld stayed put at Tottenham and has effectively turned into one of the bright spots in their beleaguered 2019-20 campaign. The Belgian is known to make rash tackles, and with a tackle success rate of 62%, Mauricio Pochettino will bank on the 30-year-old to stage a defensive masterclass at Goodison Park.
Words: William Paul