Preview and Prediction
One big match is on schedule at the opening matchday in English Premier League 2020/21. Two former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti will be meeting in Tottenham Stadium this weekend for their current team’s campaign this season. Spurs and The Toffees have been quite active in this summer transfer window hoping they could gain better results with more key players in the squad.
Both teams’ updated news
Jose Mourinho intends to end Spurs’ thirst of silverware and return to the Champions League this season. A number of new faces have been signed for the current squad such as Wolves’ Matt Doherty, Southampton’s Pierre Hojbjerg and the former number 1 The Three Lions goalkeeper, Joe Hart. They are replacing the departure of Jan Vertonghen, Kyle Walker-Pieters and Oliver Skipp on loan, plus Michael Vorm whose contract has been terminated.
The Toffees even have made a bigger splash on this current transfer window. Ancelotti side succeeded in signing more famous names such as Napoli’s Allan, the Colombia star James Rodriguez plus Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure. They will be filling the void after Everton sold Morgan Schneiderlin to Nice and released a number of figures from the last season squad such as Martin Sketelenburg, Oumar Niasse, Kieran Dowell, Luke Garbutt and Cuco Martina. Their former captain Leighton Baines also decided to retire this season.
The Special One, Mou, tends to deploy the 4-2-3-1 with the possible transition to 4-3-3 when necessary. Harry Kane will lead the team’s attack alongside Son Heung Min and Delle Alli while in the midfield, the former Southampton man, Pierre Hojbjerg will get a nod for the starting IX accompanied by Harry Winks. Giovanni Lo Celso is the only name on the sideline here.
His counterpart, Carlo Ancelotti, finally has a creative figure on James Rodriguez to build up their attack. He will be given the number 10 role behind Dominic Calvert-Levin and Richarlison to support them. Unfortunately, there will be quite a number of names ruled out for this fixture such as Mason Holgate, Andre Gomes, Cenk Tosun, Fabian Delph and Jean-Phillipe Gbamin.
Players to watch
The English captain Harry Kane remains the number one threat for Spurs’ opponent. He is expected to reach his peak form this season. Some other key men in the team are certainly the versatile Delle Alli, the swift Son Heung Min and the goalie Hugo Lloris.
Meanwhile, in Everton, the combination of Dominic Calvert-Levin and Richarlison potentially becomes the deadly trio once James Rodriguez could settle with the team. The top scorer of World Cup 2014 offers something Everton lacked of last season, creativity.
Spurs vs Everton Prediction
Playing at their home turf should be an advantage for Harry Kane and Co to secure their first three points here. However, Ancelotti’s men would be more solid on the attack and ready to strike back once they have a chance. It is potentially a thrilling encounter and the game might end in draw.
Tottenham seems to be regarded as the favourite, according to the punters. They are backed to win at 1.87, whereas the Richarlison and Co’s odds to win are only at 4.40. The draw result is at the value of 3.65.