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Tottenham v Everton: Lineups, Stats, Preview And Prediction

Tottenham v Everton

Saturday 29th August, 17:30

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Tottenham are still awaiting their first win of the season, and will be hoping that the White Hart Lane faithful will raise the noise to help them rally and to take all three points. The North London club will be looking to go one better than their back-to-back draws against Leicester and Stoke, having also suffered opening day defeat away at Manchester United.

Everton have had a mixed start to the season having picked up a win, a draw and a loss in their opening three fixtures of the Premier League. They will be looking to bounce straight back from their defeat to Manchester City and replicate the form that saw them beat Southampton 3-0 away to make an early assault on the summit of the Premier League.

This fixture will pit two of the league’s most talented midfielders against each other, in the form of Christian Eriksen and Ross Barkley. Eriksen, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, has his the target with 66.65% of his six efforts on goal, won 75% of his four tackles and made two interceptions. Furthermore, he also holds an assist to his name and will be hoping to add to his assist and goal scoring tallies this weekend.

Ross Barkley has made a storming start to the campaign, as demonstrated by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Barkley has hit the target with 71.4% of his seven efforts on goal, turning two of those chances into goals. He has also won 75% of his four tackles, made three interceptions, completed nine dribbles and completed 83.9% of his 143 passes. He will hope that he can maintain that form this weekend, as he could be the difference between the two sides.

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Tottenham will be hoping that their main man from last season, Harry Kane, can find form to rival his breakthrough season last year. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index can reveal that he has so far hit the target with 40% of his five shots, and he will be looking to further increase that ratio this weekend and get his goal scoring tally for the season up and running. He has shown signs that his form is there, completing nine dribbles, and demonstrating his work ethic by winning 100% of his three tackles, making one clearance and also making one interception. He is 6/5 to score anytime with 888sport.com.

Everton’s main man up top, Romelu Lukaku, has hit the ground running this season and will be keen to match up to Kane in the battle of the forwards. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index tells us that he has hit the target with 60% of his five efforts on goals so far this season, turning two of those attempts into goals. He also holds one assist to his name, and will hope to maintain his form at the top end of the pitch to deliver all three points for the Toffees’ travelling faithful. He is 49/20 to score anytime with 888sport.com.

Tottenham v Everton Possible Lineups:

Spurs: Lloris, Walker, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Rose, Dier, Mason, Alli, Chadli, Dembele, Kane

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Galloway, McCarthy, Barry, Barkley, Deulofeu, Cleverley, Lukaku

Tottenham v Everton Stats:

  • Tottenham have won three successive Premier League games against Everton for the first time since April 2006 (as part of a four-match streak).
  • Spurs are unbeaten in the last six league meetings at home (W4, D2).
  • They have won more Premier League matches (22) and scored more goals (66) against Everton than against any other side.
  • Everton have failed to score in three of their last four league games against Spurs.
  • Spurs last failed to win any of their opening four league matches of the season in 2008-09, which ultimately led to the sacking of manager Juande Ramos.
  • Everton have followed a run of eight defeats in nine league away games by losing just one of the last five (W3, D1, L1).

Stats via BBC

Tottenham v Everton Prediction

A 1-0 win for the home side.

Data supplied by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Select and manage your own team of stars with at http://fantasy.premierleague.com/ or with FIFA Ultimate team.

 

Projected Arsenal Line-up To Face Everton: Theo Walcott May Start

After a rather embarrassing defeat at home against Monaco in the Champions League, Arsene Wenger must rejuvenate his squad for a tough task as they play Everton at the Emirates. Arsenal were undone by a brilliant display by Monaco and will look to help their chances of making it into the top 4.

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Arsenal will be taking on an Everton team who looked impressive against the Young Boys in the Europa League and will be hoping Romelu Lukaku continues his goal scoring form, the Belgian has scored 6 goals in his last 3 appearances in all competitions for the Toffees. We look at the side that Arsene Wenger might put out to deal with Everton.

David Ospina

Ospina didn’t cover himself in glory for the first goal Arsenal conceded, but he should still remain in goal for the Gunners.

Calum Chambers

Bellerin must be rested and Chambers should start as right back as Debuchy is still not 100%.

Gabriel Paulista

Per Mertesacker had one of the worst games of his career against Monaco and should be replaced by Paulista who did impress in his debut for Arsenal.

Laurent Koscielny

Arsenal do not really have a choice and must play Koscielny to provide some support and experience at the back.

Nacho Monreal

We can expect Monreal to come back into the starting line-up. He is much more conservative than Gibbs while going forward and that may help Arsenal in the defense.

Francis Coquelin

The only defensive midfielder who seems to be doing his job properly, Coquelin provides bite and some steel in the midfield and should continue his job for the Gunners.

Tomas Rosicky

While Santi Cazorla did a decent job, he would need a rest and bringing on Rosicky in his place is not the worst change Arsenal would make. The Czech player has been in good form and he should get the nod against Everton.

Mesut Ozil

Ozil needs to start pulling his weight or he could face time on the bench at Arsenal. He needs to provide a good display against Everton.

Alexis Sanchez

The star of the Arsenal team, Sanchez was not at his best against Monaco but should be making the squad against Everton.

Theo Walcott

The pace of Theo Walcott should be used to take on the Everton defence, the Englishman played 30 minutes against Monaco and should get a run out.

Olivier Giroud

The striker might have missed a ton of chances against Monaco but he should continue his run in the team as he has scored 8 goals in 12 games.

Everton v Liverpool – Merseyside Derby Preview With Performance Index

Everton come into this weekend’s Merseyside Derby on the back of a good win away at Crystal Palace, and will be hoping to make it back-to-back wins this weekend. Everton managed to pick up a point away at Anfield earlier on in the season, but will be hoping to go one better this weekend.

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Key to that will be hard work, and Gareth Barry is one man who epitomises that philosophy. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index can reveal that he has covered a squad best 234km so far this season and he has also won a squad best 49 tackles this season, winning 62% of his overall tackles.

Another diligent member of the Everton side is England international left back Leighton Baines. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index tells us that only Barry has covered more ground than Baines, who has completed a remarkable 1,240 sprints so far this season. On the ball, Baines will cause trouble with his delivery, having completed a squad best 17 crosses, racking up eight assists.

The man that he will look to turn provider for is Romeu Lukaku, who has now netted seven goals, converting 25% of his shots on target, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. On top of his strength and power, Lukaku has also hit a top speed of 33.6km/h so far this season, and will threaten Liverpool with his pace. He is 11/5 to score anytime with 888sport.com.

The red half of Merseyside will also not be looking to settle for a point this weekend, and come into the match as one of the league’s form sides. They are unbeaten in seven, having won five of those matches, including winning their last three on the bounce. However, they will be wary of complacency in the knowledge that anything can happen in a Derby.

It is crucial that they stay tight at the back on the weekend, and Martin Skrtel will be the man charged with that duty. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index can reveal that Liverpool’s rock has won 23 tackles already this season, which amounts to 79.3% of his overall tackles. He has also racked up a squad best 211 clearances and another squad best, by making 38 interceptions.

In the middle of the park, Jordan Henderson has continued to impress, as illustrated with the help of the statistics provided by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. The England international has already covered a squad best 238.07km so far this season, and his hard work has been the key to his success. He has also won a fantastic 54 tackles so far this season, winning 75% of his overall tackles.

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Liverpool will look to their England international starlet Raheem Sterling to deliver the goods going forward. According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the England winger has already completed a squad best 72 dribbles. His pace will pose a major threat, having hit a top speed of 35.04km/h. He will pose a major threat with that pace, and he is 43/20 to score anytime with 888sport.com.

Manchester United Transfers – Talented Winger Set For January Exit

Manchester United Transfer News

Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj is set to for a loan move in the upcoming January transfer window with Everton being mooted as the possible destination.

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According to reports, the Belgian will move to Everton until the end of the season in order to get some game time that he has sorely missed this season. The teenager has been restricted to just 10 games in the Premier League with most of them being substitute appearances.

Earlier in the month, Januzaj was being linked with a move to Real Sociedad where David Moyes, his former manager, is currently managing, but Sociedad have denied making an offer or even having any sort of interest in him. Everton under Roberto Martinez have made some really shrewd loan signings in the last few transfer windows and could continue to do so as the club operate within a strict budget. The presence of a few Belgian players in the squad could help Everton in signing Januzaj, be it on a temporary basis.

The likes of Gareth Barry, Gerard Deulofeu and Romelu Lukaku were signed on loan last season and performed well. With Everton struggling to find good form this season, Martinez could add some fresh faces come January. However, he will face competition from Inter Milan and PSG. Inter under new manager have been linked with a host of players as they are trying to build a younger squad.

Januzaj burst into the scene last season under Moyes and had an impressive campaign as he had four goals and three assists to his name in 27 appearances despite being only 18 years of age. He was expected to continue his good form this season, but unfortunately he hasn’t fit into Louis Van Gaal’s demanding tactics so far. The Dutchman has preferred Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia over Januzaj this season in a 3-5-2 formation where the wing backs need to do a lot of work.

Manchester United and Chelsea offered transfer hope as Agent reveals his Client is expected to make Premier League switch

Manchester United and Chelsea target Bruma saw his Premier League dream bite the dust as a loan bid from Merseyside outfit Everton was turned down in the summer. However the player’s agent has clarified that his client wants to play in the top flight of English football sooner rather than later. Both United and Chelsea had a chance to sign the 19 year old last summer but it was Turkish side Galatasaray who steeped up their interested and snatched the player from Sporting Lisbon.

The report from English Tabloid EXPRESS  however have claimed that it is only a matter of time that the youngster dubbed as the ‘next Cristiano Ronaldo’ gets his wish and plies his trade in the Premier League. the story goes on to mention that Bruma would been playing Sunderland last season were it not for an ill-timed injury.

Bruma is an exciting young prospect who in indeed very versatile given his quality to play on either wings or just off the main striker up front. His immense workload and raw pace would certainly take the Premier League in storm as his abilities have drawn comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo.

The player’s agent Marco Kirdemir claimed recently that Everton were looking for a short term deal which Galatasaray rejected as they wanted to sell the player on a permanent deal.  Kirdemir said, “This summer Everton and Monaco wanted Bruma on loan, they had been keeping tabs on him for a while. Everton were very keen on signing Bruma, however, Unal Aysal was not prepared to loan him out.”

“It wouldn’t be a surprise if more offers were made this season, he will be playing Champions League football and is bound to impress. I can see Bruma playing in the Premier League in the future.”

Should Bruma however make the move to Chelsea or United next term, he wouldn’t be assured a starting eleven spot given the plethora of talent both the sides have at their disposal in midfield. Chelsea have already loaned out several players this season and should the Blues sign Bruma, one would definitely see a loan move to a fellow Premier League club materialize.

Everton v. Chelsea: Lineups, Team News, Match Facts, One-on-ones & Prediction

Chelsea travel away to Goodison Park in a bid to keep their unbeaten record intact, while Everton will look to stretch them as much as they can. Both sides will want to prove that they are title contenders, and will fight to assert their claims. Both teams played Leicester City, with differing results. Everton drew them away, while Chelsea beat them at home, if that can go on to show any semblance of form. Everton have home advantage, but Chelsea play well on the road, and one could expect this to be a real clash.

Chelsea, on one hand, are sweating over the availability of their strikers for today’s clash with Costa’s hamstring injury, while Everton have poached two of Chelsea’s strikers from the last season, who will be looking to exact revenge for the way in which they were maligned, while at Chelsea. Chelsea are used to facing their own players on loan at other clubs, so this would not be too different from those scenarios.

Chelsea will look to keep up their unbeaten record, while Everton will look to display their new-found strength, even if their results have not showcased their efforts to the maximum. Chelsea’s new arrivals – Costa, Courtois and Fabregas – have got off to flying starts, putting everyone’s doubts to rest. For Everton, Lukaku has just returned from a strenuous World Cup, but will want to put in an excellent performance today, against the club that didn’t want him.

If Chelsea win today, they will rubber-stamp their claim as title contenders and show that they can win the crunch have that go on to determine the points table at the end of the season. If Everton win, it will go on to prove that Everton can take on bigger Goliaths and slay them, and will show that they are in contention for a European slot this year around, as well.

Expected teams:

Everton (4-2-3-1): Howard – Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines – McCarthy, Barry – Mirallas, Naismith, McGeady/Osman – Lukaku

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois – Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta/Filipe Luis – Ramires, Matic – Schürrle, Oscar, Hazard – Fabregas

One-on-ones:

Lukaku v. Cahill

Lukaku will have to challenge the defence that kept the most clean sheets last season, from among the Premier League teams. He might not have hit top gear yet, but this is an occasion which he would like to make his own. Cahill will be tasked with stopping and tackling a player who could take the game away from Chelsea, if he gets away from them. Who but Chelsea will know Lukaku’s match-winning ability better?

Chelsea’s midfield and attack v. Howard

Whoever ends up playing for Chelsea, Howard will have to be at the top of his game, making save after save, as Chelsea’s players keep on taking audacious shots on target. The Chelsea’s lineup has players who have all adapted to each other’s style of play and any of them is capable of finding the back of the net, if Howard doesn’t have a good game. Expecting Howard to replicate his game for USA in the World Cup might be too much, but that is the sort of performance that Everton require from him.

Gareth Barry v. Nemanja Matic

Both players are tasked with the same role by their respective clubs – clean up the opposition play with well-made tackles and ensure that the ball keeps moving forward with their team. Both players have proved themselves and are exceptional at their roles, so today would go on to prove which one of them is better than the other – if Barry is the wily old fox he is, or if Matic is the new-age talented player, all set to be the new lynchpin of Chelsea’s midfield.

Match Facts:

  • Everton have won four of their last five Barclays Premier League home games against Chelsea.
  • Since the 2009-10 season, Chelsea have lost four times to Everton; only Manchester City (5) have beaten them more often in that period.
  • Chelsea have not lost their third game of the season since succumbing 2-0 to Middlesbrough in 1995.
  • Diego Costa has had two shots on target this season and scored with both.
  • Cesc Fabregas has assisted at least one goal in his last four Premier League appearances (five assists overall), a personal record for the Spaniard.
  • Eden Hazard has embarked on more dribbles than any other Premier League player this season (22 – eight more than any other player).
  • Facts compiled from uk.eurosport.yahoo.com

Prediction

A 2-2 draw.

Liverpool set to be beaten in pursuit of Champions League Legend

According to reports in English tabloid Mirror, Everton are holding talks with liverpool target Samuel Eto’o over a sensational deal to bring the Cameroon legend to Goodison Park. Liverpool have also been interested in bringing the former Barcelona and Inter Milan legend and GOAL had earlier reported that Eto’o was undergoing a medical in the Melwood training complex a couple of days ago.

It is believed that Eto’o was demanding £100,000 a week to join the Reds from Merseyside but manager Brendan Rodgers wasn’t inclined to pay the hefty salary to the 33 year old. Everton are really desperate to add a striker after they secured the services of Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea on a permanent deal. But the wage demands of the former Chelsea striker will be a huge stumbling block.

Eto’o however has offers from the middle east specially in Qatar who have offered him a whopping salary of £7m per year. Eto’o however is believed to continue his playing career in England and despite Jose Mourinho earlier questioning his age, the striker believes that he still is good enough fro the highest echelons of European football. Eto’o came heavily down on the Portuguese claiming that the Chlesea manager was simply a puppet.

The main reason that Roberto Martinez wants to bring is Eto’o is probably down to the fact that the Toffees will feature in the Europa League which will need an immense squad depth if they are pursue their ambitions of finishing fourth in the Premier League this season.

The Toffes according to report are now in pole position to land the forward but the player will have to significantly cut down his hefty salary should he fins himself signing in the dotted lines in the Blue half of Merseyside.

ESPN however have come up with an astonishing story saying that should Liverpool fail to sign Mario Balotelli, they will go after Eto’o.

Done Deal: Chelsea Confirm Latest Midfield Transfer

Chelsea have confirmed that Ghana winger Christian Atsu has completed his season long loan move to Everton.  The Stamford Bridge outfit had earlier signed Atsu summer from Portuguese Ginats Porto but the player spent the last season on loan at Dutch outfit Vitesse Arnhem.

Everton have already signed Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea in a £28m deal after his successful loan spell last season and Atsu, who had an impressive World Cup campaign in Brazil will significantly boost the Goodison Park outfit’s surge for a top four finish this season after they narrowly missed out last term in Roberto Martinez’s first season in charge.

Atsu is the Toffees’ fourth signing of the summer after Lukaku, Brendan Galloway, Muhamed Besic, and Gareth Barry all signed for the Merseyside club this summer.  The player would most likely make his debut against newly promoted Leicester on Saturday. The youngster would like to have valuable experience with significant game time available to him now, rather is he stayed at Chelsea, he would have to endure frustrating spells on the sidelines under Jose Mourinho

Atsu is a technically gifted winger with raw pace and his ability to skip past defenders at will will hold him under good spirits and he is most likely to flourish in Martinez’s tactical pedigree at Goodison Park.

Martinez seemed delighted of his newest acquistion speaking highly about the youngster, “He’s a player who fits in with the culture and the way we want to play. He’s a very gifted technical footballer and he’s got the right personality and character to fit in with the group, which is vital”

Everton are also featuring in the Europa League this season which would take toll on their squad, hence the manager is focused to improve his squad depth, “For Christian, at 22, to already have played in a World Cup, to have been able to adapt into Portuguese football and into the league in Holland is a really good accumulation of experiences that will be very beneficial, especially with us playing in the Europa League this season.”

It would be interesting to see, should Atsu impress at Everton, would he join the Toffees on a permanent deal like Lukaku has done this season? The abundance of quality of Chelsea is certainly for now, Everton’s gain