Everton v Tottenham Hotspur Cheat Sheet
Everton v Tottenham Hotspur
Dyche’s arrival has brought confidence back to Everton, but they are still fully embroiled in a relegation battle. The toffees come into this match on a 3 game-unbeaten run and have won 3 of their 4 home matches since Dyche joined. The big news for Everton is that they have been referred to an independent committee for breaking financial fair play rules. Dyche will be hoping this news hasn’t ruined the feel-good factor that has been created since he came into the club. Everton are still without Dominic Calvert-Lewin but apart from that Dyche basically has a fully fit squad to choose from, Everton will have a strong team available.
Even for Tottenham, this season has been very strange. Spurs looked almost locked on for Top 4 early in the season yet are now widely expected to miss out, Conte has left in a situation filled with drama and no new manager has come in with Stellini stepping up until the end the season instead. There have been a lot of rumours about some players being miserable under Conte and it will be interesting to see how Spurs react in this match, in the games, Stellini led when Conte was ill, Spurs played well and got good results which will give them some hope.
While Everton are not known for having a lot of possession, they have shown in several games they can almost match the opposition’s possession numbers. Against Liverpool, they had 41%, against Leeds they had 51%, against Aston Villa 47% and against Nottingham Forest 43%. Spurs are not a team that have a lot of possession either, they average just 50.5% possession per 90, and away from home will allow Everton a good chunk of possession. In the four previously mentioned matches where Everton had higher possession numbers, Seamus Coleman made at least 50 passes in 3 of them and 33 passes in the other.
In the 8 matches since Dyche came in, Coleman has had 30 passes or more in 6 of the matches, only failing in their 4-0 loss to Arsenal and falling 1 pass short against Brentford. Everton will have more possession than they did in that big loss to Arsenal, so this looks like a great selection for this match.
Since Dyche has come into Everton, they have improved their game management, something that has seen them pick up more cards. In Dyche’s 8 Everton matches, Everton have had at least 2 cards in every match and averaged 2.75 cards per match. Spurs have drawn at least 2 yellow cards in 5 of their last 10 matches and against a team that commits more fouls and gets more yellow cards than most teams, they will likely draw over 1.5 cards here. The referee for this match is David Coote, Coote has averaged 3.84 cards per match this season. I expect Everton to try and control the flow of the game here and against a Spurs team that are strong on the counter-attack, I expect them to get a few cards in this match.
Everton have averaged 10.3 fouls per 90 this season, putting them in the lower end of the Premier League, however, since Dyche joined they have averaged 12.63 per 90 which is higher than any other team in the league. In matches against Spurs, a team’s left-wingers often commit a foul, in 5 of their last 7 matches, the opposition’s left winger has committed at least 1 foul against Spurs.
Everton’s left winger is Dwight McNeil, McNeil has averaged 0.79 fouls per 90 so far this season, however like most Everton players he has averaged more since Dyche came in. McNeil has committed a foul in 5 of his last 6 matches and averaged 1.25 fouls per 90 since Dyche joined. Considering all this, McNeil is extremely good value to commit just 1 foul in this match.
In Dyche’s 4 home games so far, Everton have averaged an impressive 13.75 shots per 90 despite facing Arsenal and Chelsea in these 4 matches. At home again in this match, against an unsure Spurs team, I expect them to have a good number of shots. Dwight McNeil will have been very happy to see he was linking up with his ex-Burnley boss when Dyche’s arrival was announced and the Everton man has been one of Everton’s best players recently.
McNeil has averaged 1.46 shots per 90 so far this season but has averaged 1.75 per 90 since Dyche joined. McNeil has had at least 2 shots in 5 of his last 6 matches including 3 against Chelsea in the last match. McNeil is set a good price for him to have 2 shots, especially considering how many times he has hit its mark recently.
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