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Underfire Everton meet an improved Tottenham team at Goodison Park for the early Saturday kick-off in the Premier League.
The Toffees are in a sticky spell at the moment and may have another points deduction hanging over them. They are winless in five league games and have failed to score in any of their last seven halves played in the league. Spurs have won 5 of their last 7 and their goalscoring prowess has again been shining. They should travel to Merseyside in a confident mood.
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Everton vs Tottenham Predicted lineups
No fresh concerns for Everton
The hosts have Abdoulaye Doucoure and Andre Gomes ruled out injured and Dele Alli is missing long term. This is a small squad so it’s just as well that they don’t have many absentees. Sean Dyche is expected to line up in a 4-5-1 system with the misfiring Dominic Calvert-Lewin upfront. Nathan Patterson gets the nod at right back for the Toffees with Idrissa Gueye back in midfield.
Son still out but Sarr returns
Son Heung-min is on international duty at the Asian Cup so Spurs will continue to be without their talisman in attack. Yves Bissouma is on AFCON duty with Mali but Pape Sarr could return. The hosts still have some injuries including Giovani Lo Celso. Playmaker James Maddison started against Brentford in midweek and is expected to keep his place. Spurs are looking like going with a 4-2-3-1 formation with Timo Werner on the left wing and Richarlison upfront.
Everton vs Tottenham team stats
Goalscoring problems plague Everton
Everton continue to miserably underperform in front of goal. Their xG per game of 1.50 has only been converted into 1.09 goals after yet another blank (0-0) vs Fulham last week. Calvert-Lewin has been one of the worst strikers for finishing in the Premier League this season but continues to lead the line. The Toffees have been fairly decent defensively and have only allowed 13.55 shots from their opponents on a per game basis. Cards have been very low in Everton fixtures at just 3.91 per match.
Spurs fixtures are manic
Spurs average a healthy 2.10 goals per contest but conceded 1.50. They tend to find the target regularly with nearly six shots on target per game. There is always a concern over the defence which has kept too few clean sheets. Spurs have conceded close to 14 shots per game which is concerning for their top 4 hopes.
Everton vs Tottenham shots and shots on target stats
Calvert-Lewin brewing for some action
This has not been a good season for Dominic Calvert-Lewin. However, he still averages 1.11 shots on target per 90 from nearly three shots. His accuracy is fine so odds of 1.33 that he has one or more shots on target could be added to your Everton bet builder. Alternatively, you could take him to have three or more shots at 1.36. The other possible value option for Everton is Dwight McNeil to have two or more shots at 1.33.
Richarlison rocking right now
Spurs are free shooters of the ball this season and will be expected to regularly test Jordan Pickford. Richarlison is going to be leading the line and has vastly improved since the start of the season. He is 1.20 to have two or more shots and 1.73 to have three or more, which could be added to your Tottenham bet builder. James Maddison could be another option at 1.25 to have two or more attempts.
Everton vs Tottenham goals and assists stats
McNeil to sneak in under the radar
Everton have desperately struggled in front of goal. Dwight McNeil was their top scorer last season and probably remains their best value option. He can be a dual threat so taking him in the ‘to score or assist’ market at 2.70 is probably the wisest choice. For those who still believe in him, Dominic Calvert-Lewin is 2.88 to score anytime. But he is so untrustworthy this season.
Maddison magic to make the difference
Richarlison has been in a rich vein of form. He is an eye-catching 3.10 to score at anytime which represents tremendous value. Both James Maddison and Dejan Kulusevski to score or assist at 2.25 and 2.80 might be worth looking at. Maddison is an outstanding creative player and should be sharper after his start vs Brentford. Against a more defensive-minded Everton team, one moment of magic from him could be the difference.
Everton Cards and Fouls Stats
Gueye could get some bets to pay
The Toffees rank third for most fouls in the Premier League at an average of 12.7 per game. Their card count has also been increasing as the season has progressed. Some serial foulers and booking candidates like Ashley Young and Doucoure are unlikely to start so it will rest on the shoulders of others to get stuck in. Idrissa Gueye is back from AFCON duty and stands out at 2.0 to commit two or more fouls. Gueye is 3.0 to be carded Jarrad Branthwaite is also a big price in the card market at 3.60 considering his accumulation of bookings this season.
Spurs are by far the most fouled team in the Premier League this season (14.30 per game). They draw an average of 3.23 cards from their opponents which is a significantly high number. The whole attack force can cause problems but Richarlison especially with his bag of tricks can wind up opponents. Both full backs, Destiny Udogie and Pedro Porro, can venture far up the field with James Maddison a foul magnet. Nathan Patterson stands out as being vulnerable at right back. He has a high foul count and is priced at 1.73 to foul twice or more.
Tottenham Cards and Fouls Stats
Sarr could go too far
The North Londoners rank fifth for cards obtained and they rank joint-first for the most red cards received in the Premier League this season. One of their biggest offenders Yves Bissouma is away on AFCON duty so maybe Pape Sarr is the man to watch. He’s 1.30 to commit one or more fouls and should be ready and raring to go in this clash. Dejan Kulusevski is a serial fouler and is priced at 1.91 to give away two or more.
Everton are the least fouled team in the Premier League this season at an average of 9 drawn per game. They only draw a measly 1.68 cards from their opponents too. Their low possession figures are a possible reason for this, but Everton simply don’t have that many good technical players who have an abundance of skill. Jack Harrison could cause Destiny Udogie problems. Udogie has a high foul count and has also been racking up the cards. The 4.20 he goes into the book looks tasty. Amadou Onana and Gueye could attract fouls in midfield which adds weight to backing Sarr for fouls and cards.
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