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New: Preview panel - Spurs v Everton

Posted on 12 January 2018  - 14:30

Introducing a new feature for the second half of the season - preview panel - where we'll take the views of a Spurs legend, a pundit and a Spurs fan ahead of our next fixture. First up, Everton on Saturday.


simon_davies200x300SIMON DAVIES

Simon played 147 times for us between 2000-05, scoring 18 goals. He played for Everton between 2005-07.

"I’ve watched a number of Spurs home games and a lot of them follow a similar pattern with teams coming to Wembley, sitting in and making it difficult. If Spurs get an early goal, the game could open up and they could go on to score a few, like they did recently against Stoke and Southampton.

"However, the longer the game goes on without that first goal, the tougher it gets - sometimes, you just need a little luck.

"This Spurs team is so good, they will dominate games but it’s always hard against well-organised teams with 10 men packed in behind the ball. We often did drills with that set-up in training and it’s hard, you don’t score that many goals.

"Sam Allardyce has always made his teams hard to beat as well and he’s helped Everton turn the corner this season. I think it will be tight but as I said, it’s that first goal and if Spurs get it early I’m confident they will go on to win."


Phil is Chief Football Writer for BBC Sport. He's covered football at the top level for years, including four World Cup. Born in Liverpool, he knows the Merseyside football scene inside-out.

"Tottenham will be favourites to win at Wembley even though they may find Everton more durable opposition under Sam Allardyce than when they beat Ronald Koeman’s side very comfortably in a 3-0 win at Goodison Park in September.

"Spurs have had mixed fortunes in the Premier League using Wembley as their home while Everton will be looking to new £27m striker Cenk Tosun, who will be making his debut after signing from Beskitas, to provide the spearhead they have lacked so far this season.

"Everton are a tougher proposition with Allardyce in charge and will be looking to come back from a sequence of three successive defeats but I feel Spurs will be too strong with their creativity and threat.

"Harry Kane could have too much mobility and marksmanship for Everton’s defence while Allardyce’s best hope will be that Tosun settles quickly. Mauricio Pochettino’s side look to have too much all-round quality for Everton so I’ll go for a 3-1 win for Spurs."

emma_nottage_NWspursEMMA NOTTAGE

Emma is secretary of our North-West Spurs official supporters club.

"Obviously I'm looking at a Spurs win and I'm thinking 2-1 or 3-1. The key areas could be our midfield controlling the game with Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier protecting the defence while Christian Eriksen and hopefully Erik Lamela help and support the world's best striker, Harry Kane.

"Of course, we miss Toby Alderweireld but Davinson Sanchez is a beast with Jan Vertonghen alongside him. I don't think Everton will come to attack us under Sam Allardyce and that's why I believe the key area is midfield to break them down as very few teams outside the top six come to play football against us."

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Michael Maynard
"I think Everton will come with one game plan and that's to sit in and frustrate Spurs and hope to nick a smash-and-grab goal on the break. I fancy Spurs to go at them from off, get the breakthrough and then go on to win the game."

George Garwood
"I never know what to make of Everton. On occasions they can be brilliant, and at other times pretty poor. They are in a poor run of form at the moment, conceding a few and not scoring. But they do have some very good players - Sigurdsson, Davies, and especially Pickford. I don’t believe Allardyce will set up his team to have a go, rather they’ll rely on breakaways (like their wonderful goal at Liverpool last week). I still think we’ll have too much for them, especially if we score early - 3-0 or 3-1. COYS."

Dave Ellis
"It's safe to assume that Everton will be well organised and look fitter under Allardyce, so for me this game depends entirely on whether Spurs get an early goal. If we do, we should win comfortably, if not, either side could win by the odd goal or it could end in stalemate. So let's hope for that all-important early goal. COYS."