Spurs vs Everton: Toffees the Visitors for Season Opener
New season, new beginnings and all the other cliches that go with the first game of a campaign. 2020/21 will be different of course as things get underway in their bio secure surroundings with no fans inside the new White Hart Lane as Spurs welcome Everton.
Despite all that, Jose Mourinho now has the chance of a full season and it’s one where he needs to convince players and fans that he can turn the club into trophy winners. Everton supporters are hoping for the same things and, after a busy summer in the transfer market, it will be interesting to track the Toffees’ progress this season.
It all kicks off this Sunday at 4.30pm so please take a moment to read through our preview.
Tottenham have made three signings in the close season with Pierre-Emile Hojberg, Matt Doherty and Joe Hart crossing over to the new White Hart Lane. Only the two outfield players are likely to be involved although there is some interest as to whether Hart or Paulo Gazzaniga will start on the bench.
Current team news suggests that Harry Winks is a major doubt for this game having withdrawn from the recent England squads with an unspecified injury. There is nothing confirmed on that as yet so we will wait for the club to announce any updates but, other than Winks, there appears to be no other injury concerns and certainly no suspensions.
Spurs have predictably started as favourites and the best odds on a home win currently stand at 10/11 with SportNation and RedZone. The draw is quoted at 13/5 with most bookmakers including Betway and 888Sport while a win for Everton completes the result markets at a top price of 7/2 with Unibet.
It’s tighter than we might have imagined and there will surely be some interest in a share of the points for two sides who look very evenly matched on paper. There’s no real form to speak of unless you can be swayed by results in pre season friendlies so let’s move on and consider the players who can decide the destiny of this encounter.
With Harry Kane set to start, our main striker is favourite to open the scoring at best industry odds of 7/2 with VBet. The same bookie also has the top price of 11/2 for Son Heung-Min and for Dele Alli at 13/2.
Everton first get a mention in the shape of their Brazilian striker Richarlison at best odds of 7/1 with 888Sport and Unibet and then it’s back to Spurs with Steven Bergwijn coming in at a top price of 15/2 with SportPesa and SportNation.
Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be an option for some at his best odds of 8/1 with VBet while other potential picks from a Spurs perspective include Lucas Moura at 11/1 with RedZone, Erik Lamela at 12/1 with SportPesa and Giovani Lo Celso at 16/1 with BetFred.
Our regular set of team bets start with Both Teams to Score which is available for Sunday at best odds of 5/6 with Betway and GentingBet. It’s perhaps surprising that this is so close to Even Money so it may offer some value this week.
Things are similar in the Total Goals market where taking the relatively modest option of Over 2.5 will return a top price of 28/29 with VBet. Once again, we’re close to going odds against and you could look to push that further and take the Over 3.5 bet at a best of 5/2 with SportNation and RedZone.
Anyone looking for Correct Score betting will be brave considering there is little form to take into account. We think it could be a narrow contest and, to be positive, a 2-1 home win can be picked up at 15/2 with BetFred and GentingBet.
To be slightly less optimistic, our favoured bet of a one goal winning margin in favour of either team can be backed at best odds of 7/5 with Betway.
The corresponding fixture last season came after Project Restart as we won a dour encounter at the beginning of July. A solitary Michael Keane own goal was enough to give us the points and, from there, we went on a decent run that eventually saw the club grab sixth place.
Prior to that, a late Cenk Tosun equaliser rescued a point at Goodison in the away fixture after Dele Alli had put Spurs in front. Overall, it was a game more memorable for Son Heung-Min’s second half sending off.
Since then, the club has added to their squad in the transfer window and it will be interesting to see how James Rodriguez takes to life at Goodison Park. Central midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure has also joined up from Watford and, having invested steadily over the last three seasons, it’s now over to Carlo Ancelotti to knit things together.
First games of any new season are always a nightmare to call so we’ll just let this one ride as far as the match result prediction is concerned. Everton will be something of an unknown quantity with their new signings and there is the usual theory that it will take the likes of James Rodriguez time to bed in and complete their squad.
There will doubtless be a lot of interest in the draw this weekend and, if we were neutral, that could be the option for ourselves. Looking at the side bets, last season’s two games which produced just three goals may have influenced the odds but games between these two have often been open and attacking affairs.
Perhaps the Mourinho factor has had an effect on the odds setters’ thinking but the goals markets look good this week. Both Teams to Score is close enough to Even Money to be a tempter and we’ll take that winning margin bet of one goal to either side.
Elsewhere, Dele Alli needs a strong season after a couple of subdued campaigns so we’ll take him to start his own 2020/21 off on a positive note.
- Dele Alli to score at any time in 90 minutes at 12/5 with GentingBet
- Both Teams to Score at 5/6 with Betway
- Winning Margin of one goal to either side at 7/5 with Betway