Everton will welcome Tottenham at Goodison Park when both sides desperately need points to improve their position in the Premier League rankings.
Everton recovered from a defeat at Brighton (2-3) over the weekend with a victory over Watford (2-0) in the Carabao Cup but coach Marco Silva still needs to look for consistency in the Premier League. Meanwhile, Tottenham only draws and loses in the last 3 matches in the top league of English football, the latest is the 1-2 loss at Liverpool. This time, will “Spurs” improve their performance as they head north?
“A victory is a win” is a common phrase uttered by Everton fans on Tuesday after a match against Watford (2-0) in the Carabao Cup. It is clear that “The Toffees” have shown a very good reaction after the defeat against Brighton, although it still could not dispel doubts about Silva’s long-term future.
Still know that Everton still has enough time to turn things around – a win over Tottenham will help them rise to the Premier League rankings. However, another defeat means “The Toffees” will lose up to 6 in the last 7 matches in this tournament, a situation where the future of most coaches will be put in a big question, let alone only to the state of precariousness like Mr. Silva.
Therefore, the Portuguese strategist “wants to win” against Tottenham and his team needs to show that desire at Goodison Park. The problem with Everton is that despite creating quite a lot of scoring opportunities and making good use of fixed situations, the rate of converting favorable opportunities into their goals is quite low. Meanwhile, the defense of “The Toffees” is easy to make personal mistakes and often make mistakes in dangerous areas. In such circumstances, Everton need to pray for Tottenham still can not shake off the obsession in foreign land.
After 10 rounds in the Premier League, Tottenham has not yet won a victory on the opposing pitch (draw 2, lose 3). Worse, no Premier League team has lost as many away matches as Tottenham and they have only earned 3 points away from home since January.
Spurs’ poor performance is hard to understand when people look at their talented squad. The uncertain future of key players like Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen could be one of the reasons. Above all, however, coach Mauricio Pochettino’s team has revealed a lot of weaknesses in the defense that any opponent can exploit. And like his counterpart on the other side of the front line, coach Pochettino will be in danger if Tottenham is empty-handed at Goodison Park.