|Richarlison faces his old club for the first time on Saturday, how much joy would he find against Everton? (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
Tottenham Hotspur can be considered to be title contenders if you look at lots of factors including manager pedigree, squad depth, and current league table but would you put your money on them to land the title in May?
Antonio Conte’s men did the job in Europe in midweek as they continue to seek assurances of qualification to the round of sixteen in the money-spinning tournament with a fine win over Frankfurt on Wednesday and will now need only a win in the remaining two to advance.
Everton lost last weekend after taking the lead against Manchester United; it was a game with lots of lessons and Frank Lampard will address the high-line defense that was caught off guard by Cristiano Ronaldo’s winner.
Players returning from injury have eased the pressure on Lampard and the Everton team and the club is gradually climbing the ladder having been rooted to the bottom in the opening rounds of the current league campaign.
Tottenham will be the clear favorite for this fixture but Everton can hurt them. Fatigue from midweek could play a part but the Toffees should be worried about Heung Min Son who seems to be finding his feet after a difficult start to the season.
Everton’s strength is in their fast-paced wingers but they will be without Anthony Gordon who picked his fifth caution in the game against Manchester United and would sit this one out, it’s a loss because the young English man has been the shining light in the Everton side.
A certain Richarlison was sold to Spurs by Everton in the summer and he would be favored to start against his former employers on Saturday, what type of reception would he receive and how would he fare against the defense he used to train with?
Alex Iwobi has been immense for Everton this time alongside Onana, Demaria Gray will have to step up and Dominic Calvert Lewin could be handed a starting role to replace the suspended Gordon, Spurs must find a way to deal with him.
Spurs will rely on the trickery and efficiency of their front three but expect them to factor in defense as well. The stingy Spurs defense will try to hang on to a clean sheet while Everton would gladly take a point if that’s all they can get.