On Saturday, Everton will play Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park in Premier League action.
The hosts’ performance has declined recently, as they have lost their last five league games. In their two league games this year, they have ended in goalless draws. They have only managed one victory in their last nine games in all competitions, and on Tuesday, they were held to a scoreless tie by Fulham.
After two games, the visitors were back on track on Wednesday, defeating Brentford 3-2 at home behind goals from Destiny Udogie, Brennan Johnson, and Richarlison in the second half. They fell 1-0 to Manchester City in the FA Cup last week after being held to a 2-2 draw by Manchester United last month.
Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur Head-to-Head and Key Numbers
The two teams have been in competition together for a very long period; since 1904, they have faced off 187 times total. With 71 victories, the visitors have the advantage in these encounters. With 57 victories and 59 ties in their past 59 games, the hosts are not far behind.
In their most recent six games with the hosts, Tottenham has gone undefeated. In their December match, Tottenham won 2-1 at home.
With 24 goals in 22 league games, Everton has the third-worst attacking record in the Premier League this year. However, despite conceding five fewer goals than the visitors, they still boast the fourth-best defensive record.
In their last five away Premier League games, Tottenham Hotspur has only won once, losing two and drawing two.
In three of their last five league encounters against the visitors, the hosts have failed to score and have let up ten goals during that time.
Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur Prediction
The Toffees have won just one of their last nine games in all competitions, which is a dreadful showing for them. They have lost their last three Premier League games and are winless in their previous five games overall.
The four league encounters between them during that time have been in draws, and they have not lost in their last five home games against the visitors. They will want to continue their recent success, which includes two wins and three clean sheets in their previous four Premier League home games.
Head coach Sean Dyche has declared that Bamidele Alli, Andre Gomes, and Abdoulaye Doucoure will not play. After returning from the 2023 AFCON, Idrissa Gueye and Amadou will take a late fitness test.
In terms of squad news, they don’t have much to cheer about, although head coach Ange Postecoglou should be happy to have Pape Sarr back after his 2023 AFCON.
Given the current troubles of the hosts and the visitors’ superior record in recent games, Tottenham is predicted to win this match by a close margin.
Prediction: Everton 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur