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Everton FC vs Tottenham Hotspur FC, free match prediction 17 Apr 2021

17 Apr 2021 | 00:30 | Walton, Liverpool, Goodison Park
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Struggling sides Everton and Tottenham face must-win fixture to keep top four hopes alive

  • Teams currently 7th and 8th meet with both in mixed form
  • Everton are winless in last four while Spurs haven’t won last two
  • Defeat for one of these sides could end their top four ambition this season

Tottenham to win 2-1

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: Walton, Liverpool, Goodison Park

EVERTON FC vs TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FC Match Preview & Analysis

The past month or so has been a tough period for both sets of supporters, with Everton and Tottenham doing little to improve their chances of securing a top four finish this season.

Everton’s form has fallen off a cliff recently, and are without a win from any of their last four fixtures. Their goal scoring has dried up during that period too, with only two goals going in their favour.

Up until now, Carlo Ancelotti will have been pleased with his team’s performance over the season, but risk undoing much of the good work up until now unless they can reverse this recent form.

Spurs have one victory from their previous four matches, with defeats to Arsenal and Manchester United added to a disappointing draw against Newcastle. Add that to a shocking defeat in the Europa League, and it’s not been happy viewing for fans recently.

Both teams must win here.

Teams Preview

Everton FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): LLLDD

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Beat Spurs earlier in the season

     Injury concerns could be eased with players returning here

Reasons to be fearful:

     Just two goals scored from their last four games

     Have lost seven of their 15 home matches this season

Like many sides have experienced in this strange season, Everton’s home form has not been what they would have expected. 

The Toffees have been defeated in almost half of their games at Goodison Park this campaign, with the majority of their points picked up on their travels. 

That said, they’ve had some impressive results against fellow big sides this season – earning draws against the likes of Leicester and Manchester United, while going that step further and beating Liverpool and Chelsea, as well as this weekend’s opponents Spurs.

They also have the luxury of being able to welcome back several first team stars from injury, with the likes of Pickford, Calvert-Lewin, Allan and Andre Gomes all likely to play some part.

Their focus must be on scoring goals. They will have seen Tottenham lose to Manchester United and think, we’ve got a chance here.

Star Man – Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Everton’s top scorer netted in the win over Spurs at the start of the season and was missed against Brighton at the weekend.

Tottenham Hotspur FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): LLWDL

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Must improve after their defeat against Manchester United

     Have a very winnable fixture schedule coming up

Reasons to be fearful:

     Poor form has seen them fall behind top four race

     Everton have been them twice already this season

Despite being just a single point closer to the top four than their opponents, Spurs will take some confidence from the fact that their next five fixtures are much kinder than their previous couple.

Games against Southampton, Sheffield United, Leeds, Wolves and Aston Villa are all matches that they would be expected to claim three points against, without any disrespect to their opponents. With a six-point gap to West Ham in 4th place, you’d argue that they need to win them all.

At the weekend against Manchester United, they took the lead before eventually losing 3-1, and never really looked as though they would win the game with their negative style of play.

They must return to playing positive football, and with Everton struggling to score many goals right now, have a real opportunity to power past them.

Star Man – Harry Kane

Has 10 goals from his 12 games against Everton, making them one of his favourite opponents.

EVERTON FC vs TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FC Winning Prediction

     Possession will be evenly shared

     Either Calvert-Lewin or Kane to score

     Spurs are slight favourites

In a must-win game, teams can either come out afraid to lose or desperate to claim victory.

For the fans, we hope it is the latter, where the game is littered with plenty of goals and fast-flowing football. It doesn’t always turn out that way, especially with Mourinho as one of the managers, though it should at least be an interesting game.

Spurs have the slight edge in terms of form and quality players up front.

Tottenham to win 2-1

Author: Ross B.